Poppy Garden – sketchbook watercolor
“Poppy Garden” – approx 9 x 12 watercolor
Tuesday afternoon I had the opportunity to join my friend Wendee for some sketching and painting in a nearby garden that is filled with billows of California poppies. Do you detect a seasonal theme here? I didn’t have time for a big painting but I wanted to do a reference sketch that I could take home to use for a larger watercolor or oil painting. It contains just enough information to describe the scene without being too detailed. I can paint the smaller touches from memory. Or leave them out, as the case may be.
April 10, 2008
Lovely. Do you find a photo would be ‘too’ real? Does a watercolor sketch capture more of the feelings you have when looking at the scene? I’m comfortable with photography, but find I can’t always capture the mood I experienced while on location.
I enjoy following your creative journey.
April 10, 2008
Good question, Deb. I see a photo and a reference sketch as two different things. The photo captures all the details, but the sketch may come closer to the feeling. Often, even when I use a photo ref I have been to the location recently enough that the feeling of being there is still quite fresh.
Photos are deceiving because they often put everything in sharp focus, which is not how we perceive. There’s the artist’s challenge – to create the perception, not necessarily the reality.
April 11, 2008
Definitely that time of year! Interesting thread you have going there on sketches vs. photos. Couldn’t put my finger on what the “problem” was with a photo, but it is that it puts it all in sharp focus…This would make a stunning oil painting.
April 12, 2008
A lovely free flowing painting. Exudes a feeling of joy. Better than a carefully detailed photo-like picture. I only use photos as a referencea if I don’t have time to stick around a location for more than 15 minutes. The pictures I did at the Botanical Gardens needed a few photos so I just ran in with Peceli’s camera a couple fo days after the first visit which was with a group of women and I only had 5 minutes to sketch that time.
April 13, 2008
Poppies! We love poppies! More info about the garden and our visit blogged here: http://thefridgedoor.blogspot.com/2008/04/arlington-gardens-pasadena.html. Just lovely, Karen.
April 14, 2008
So beautiful, and a great sketch. It has the feel of being there, which of course you were, and I bet any other piece that comes from it will have the same feel.
November 22, 2010
I see a photo and a reference sketch as two different things. The photo captures all the details, but the sketch may come closer to the feeling..