Last night I made a list of things to do daily, weekly, and monthly, but, so as not to scare myself off, I've condensed it all down to this formula: 2008 = Do; 2009 = Think. That's the gist.
One of the things I want to do weekly is paint something using one of the design patterns discussed in Marianne K. Brown's Watercolor by Design. There are 12 and the first is "horizontal"--easy when you live at the Jersey Shore.
Brown selects a color scheme before beginning--something I never do but feel I should at least think about doing, have as an option ...--then she makes a "palette preview," as above.
This was the result: the red line is supposed to separate two related scenes, but it doesn't read so well.--looks a bit like a narrow sandbar!
Below, I cropped the picture into two--and I elongated the top one, just to see: lengthening it really stresses the horizontality; should have painted it that way, like I did for the rocks.
We shall see ... just typing this makes me nervous! Maybe I should make these biweekly.
Addendum: Had another go at this scene after dinner, not consciously thinking of the horizontality, but doing the earlier version made me keep the washes simpler, cleaner this time.
I want to ask if anyone out there uses viridian, and if they like it, what brand is it? I would like to add it to my palette but when I sample a bit from the tube, it always looks so weak to me. I know it's on a lot of artist's palette and so I was just wondering what other bloggers think ...?