A couple of weeks later, as part of a painting demonstration for school children, I pulled the drawings out of my purse. I did this quick painting to show students that you can make drawings at any time and use them later in a composition.
If you teach,
1. Encourage students to fold a sheet of newsprint or recycled white paper once in either direction.
2. Tell them to carry the paper, along with a short pencil, in a pocket for a day.
3. Encourage students to make at least three quick sketches.
4. Allow them time to create a color version of the drawing.
5. Use crayon, tempera, torn paper, textures from magazines, or watercolor to create the composition.
6. Emphasize that the sketch is just a starting place.
I painted this abstract acrylic on canvas while listening to live jazz at Grand Junction’s popular annual street festival. It’s part of my improvisational series. I enjoy allowing a work to reveal itself . I haven’t had time to paint since Spring Art Week, but it’s instructive to look back at previous work.
This is a great painting problem for artists of all ages and stages. There is a lot of room for stylistic interpretation.
This particular piece was featured in a beautiful short film called “Lumenis” by Brazilian composer and filmmaker Bernardo Uzeda. (http://bernardouzeda.kinghost.net/)