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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5 Creative Thought(s)

  1. I try to drag my mind away from that altar of detail yet the devil drags me back there time and again. One of these days I willl let go, I will let loose, I will...

    Your lovely sketch here makes me want to even more to let go...

  2. I hear you, Lisa, and I'm right there with you!

    One of the BEST things I ever did was take up sketching on location! You simply cannot get all the details down and that (I think) is a good thing!

  3. I love these chance findings! Okay, I love detail also. :)

    So pretty.

  4. Ah,yes, details...sort of like red pepper...a little goes a long way? ;-)

  5. I love, love, love this flower box. I hope when I take your class I'll learn to create scenes like this. It just melts my heart!


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