A final ‘splash of color’


I walked up to the college and sketched next to a pond. A pedestrian stopped on the pond’s bridge, leaned on the railing, and stared meditatively at the water below. He seemed dejected and conveyed this by leaning his two arms on the railing, supporting his head with his hand, and slumping over the railing. I drew a few lines for his head and upper body and then pretty much used paint right off my palette to capture the clothing, railing, and foliage.

My goal for deliberate practice this past week was to use splashes of paint to convey a story. I felt I was being too explicit with the marks I was placing on the paper. Much like an author who over describes a story to the reader by explaining the small details, I was over describing my sketches by putting down paint and line in all the expected places. My success criteria was to let the paint mix on the paper, to use overlapping color, to leave more of the paper unpainted, and to do this in such a way that the viewer would understand my take on the story I was conveying. This sketch shows that I am coming closer to using splashes of color to communicate my thinking.

This coming week my new goal for deliberate practice will be to capture groups of people in a setting so that it all combines to tell a story. My success criteria will be to have at least three people in each sketch and show through their movement and interaction what is being experienced together by the group. I want to convey it so the viewer understands what is being felt by the people in the sketch and by me.

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