My drawing and painting life
I joined Alena Hennessy’s online course A Year of Painting in August. After having done some of her lessons in Life Book 2014 and 2015, I decided to try that longer course because I was intrigued by the intuitive painting process.
I have done several of the lessons of A Year of Painting by now. I am inspired by her use of acrylic ink and just finding what to paint as you go – intuitively – rather than planning it beforehand.
A more recent lesson I picked up was on taking inspiration from another culture, or rather from contemporary art from a different culture or country, in this case: Japanese art.
I tried to follow Alena’s work in her video, made two lovely color block backgrounds. Here’s one:
I started drawing with ink with an ink dropper on one. Diving into the art by contemporary Japanese artists, I suddenly changed course and sketched the following sketchy scene.
I was inspired the example of a contemporary artist (Ray Miramura) who makes wonderful peaceful scenes, especially of houses in a forest. I sketched based on his work – not touching the quality of his work – but getting to know him anyway. His colors are much more muted, and the lines are so clear and straight.
I got the composition wrong, so I worked on but filled the page too quickly, and ended up not happy at all with the result. I learned a great deal about Japanese contemporary art though. So time well spent.
Have a look in my Pinterest board on older and contemporary Japanese art.
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