Nature, from where we draw inspiration for much of our work teaches us a lot about how to use colors effectively. Here's a photo I clicked recently. Such vivid colours both the insect and the flower have. The bright yellow is probably what attracted the insect to the plant. Wonder how the bright red helps the insect. Any ideas?
Watercolours and butterflies somehow seem to go together. There is a sense of romance in both. But painting one in watercolors is a tricky thing, especially if you have to leave the white spaces on the wings untouched by colour. Here's one done sometime ago. (Based on a photo in a wildlife magazine)
|Watercolor, 7 x 9 inches, Fabriano paper|
I've found practicing outdoors a great way to improve my art, learn about perspective, tonal values, how to simplify the scene in front of you, etc.
Working on location, or plein air as the French call it, is a lot of fun. It also takes getting used to. First you identify a nice spot which you can paint or sketch. Then to lay out your portable seat, paints, water, etc and then onto putting pen or pencil to paper. There are people around who will come and look at your work in progress, ask thousand questions, kids who have no compunction in giving their candid opinion of the art you're creating.
If you have little time to spare then carrying just a sketchbook and a few pens is good enough. If you have a lot of time then attempt a fullblown painting. As with any other skill this takes time to get good at, and can be frustrating initially, trying to juggle the paper, palette, brush, in the space you have.
Here are a few of my recent outdoors artworks: