quite the post title - "seriously"
summers are supposed to be light-hearted, fun, easy breezy
from light summer reading to simple summer meals, the catch words are always reminiscent of porch swings and lemonade and bare feet on green grass
for me, they're also all about summer school...
this summer is no exception... i always end up having to work a few extra shifts at both jobs so i console myself with taking a class or two
this year i've enrolled in "sketchbookery" with mary ann moss herself, and "lace, paper, cloth and stitch" with karen ruane
sketchbookery started on the 1st, lace begins on the 7th
and so yesterday i painted
i painted watercolour mixing charts
and discovered that payne's grey is the absolute best colour ever invented
i fiddled about endlessly trying to leave a little white spot in each colour sample
i lost track of what colour should come next and missed one or two here and there - oh well, no matter really - easy, breezy after all
i saw for myself the difference between "artist quality" and "works okay"
i played with blotting
i made pastel paint chip cards and experimented even more with blotting
"when you look at this, tell me the first word you think of"...
i sat outside, at the patio table, under the green umbrella and i painted
enjoying the flow of colour, the swish of the water, twirling the paintbrush and experimenting my way through many sheets of watercolour paper
my husband came along to see what i was up to... cool... did i have a spare piece of paper?
in less than five minutes flat he sketched the sketch you see below
and painted it
using a permanent marker as his sketching tool... not a single line erased
i sat and watched him... amazed at how it took shape - so quick, so... right
out of his head... the mind's eye
in awe - more so
this drawing, sketching and painting that intrigues me so - he just sat and did it, just like that - in the blink of an eye... easy, peasy
he smiled and went back to watering something or other in the garden
ten minutes later he came back and asked if i had any more paper...
this one took four minutes, start to finish
it's amazing to me how someone can do this
how can you draw something like this with no reference in front of you?
i suppose it's some kind of innate knowing, but when you don't have it, it's almost impossible to comprehend
he smiled a half a smile and said, "well, i can't draw a horse"