I’ve frequently commented on how useful I find thumbnail sketches. They are very helpful with my composition and value, 2 areas that I have had difficulties with. I finding that I’m also starting to do and benefit more from these little colour studies. When I’m doing my ‘serious’ painting I work at my easel or painting table but I often study my photos at the computer using Photoshop. These little colour studies are done at the computer with my plein air palette. They are just free little exercises where I practice things that I notice in the photos and try different ways to represent them. So it’s the purest form of exploration and again it’s a very small investment of time yet I learn lots from doing them.
These are 4 recent examples. Two of them are off shoots of the painting from a previous post “Under A Bridge Darkly”. The Calgary Skyline image is an idea that I’m considering for my demo for the Calgary Sketch Club on Feb 2, 2012. I always liked the sketch but as was my habit at the time I never recorded any value pattern so I’m trying out different value patterns now.
These paintings average about 4″ on the longest side.