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I just got back today from a weekend beach trip with my family and two of my best friends. I did some pencil sketching on my trip but I really missed my oil paints. I got back home early enough today to do a quick 6" X 8" oil sketch. The sun was going down fast, but I always love the evening and dusk so I wanted to do a sketch during that time of day.
For some technical information: here's a list of the colors I used for this. Starting at the top right of the palette and circling counter-clockwise:
-Chrome Yellow Light
-Chrome Yellow Deep
-Emerald Green (Veronese Green)
It's a pretty basic color palette, but you could also put out some ultramarine blue and cobalt and have a fully realized landscape palette. I was using a really small palette box so I decided I didn't need any blues or. Another note about colors on your palette: try and figure out what colors you really need instead of setting up a standard palette. And you don't really need as many colors as you think you do. Less is more.
I just finished a quick sketch of a golden retriever puppy and decided to do a step-by-step slideshow to show some of my sketching technique. When I'm drawing or painting, my main goal is to go from broad and generic to defined and detailed. I try and start with a general outline gesture to place the main components of the drawing, then I work on shading and go deeper with the detail. Since this was a sketch, it's not super detailed, but I like the way it turned out and hopefully it sheds some light on my sketching technique!
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Sorolla Photos Below!
I just came back from Spain yesterday and I'm excited to share some photos that I took from the trip and talk about my experience. But first, I need to thank Cristina and Alex for having my girlfriend and I stay with you; I will never forget your hospitality and kindness.
I was in Spain for 7 days and I packed as much into them as I could. I visited several places, including the city of Toledo and Valle De Los Caidos (the Valley of the Fallen), but we spent a majority of time in Madrid, which is where the Prado, Thyssen and Sorolla Museums are.
I wasn't allowed to take photos inside the Prado, but I can tell you that it was an amazing place filled with beautiful art. For me, the main draw of the Prado is the large collection of Velazquez paintings, including his large masterpiece Las Meninas. I'm a big fan of Velazquez because he's basically the godfather of all the other painters I love, including Sargent and Sorolla.
I took a ton of photos from my trip, but I want to share some photos from the Sorolla Museum for everyone to enjoy because it's the most wonderful place I've ever been in my whole life.
I've been doing a lot of watercolor sketches lately in a small watercolor Moleskine that I picked up from Dick Blick. I'm really falling in love with watercolors. I love the way you can capture reflections with watercolor in a different way than oil painting. Oil painting allows a lot more manipulation of the paint; watercolor painting is more fragile and doesn't allow as much messing around. I think watercolors have a more poetic and transient feel to them, which I also am constantly trying to understand.