Daily Practice - A "Pretty" Wrong Turn

10:37 AM

Watercolor Sketch of Parisian Planter*
by Laure Ferlita
Copyright © 2009 Laure Ferlita

I never did get to where I was trying to go* - but then, that was okay because I kept stumbling upon these lovely hidden treasures I probably would not have found any other way! (Click on image to read the story!)

One of the things necessary to paint successfully on location is a mindset shift away from the "Altar of Details." And for those of us that worship at that alter, the mindset can be a little more difficult. Details become rare and precious things rather than a dime a dozen. Used sparingly, they make a sketch sing. Too many, and the sketch doesn't get finished - at least, not on location!

*This sketch is in preparation for An Imaginary Trip to Paris starting September 21st which will be a sketching and painting holiday for those who join me! (I'm not really in Paris, darn it!) More information can be found at ImaginaryTrips.com!

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