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Monday, October 03, 2005

Feeling Blue?

I finally made my first work in water color yesterday. I think I finished it in around 2 hours. Nothing fancy really... I just worked on the tonal sketch for the real painting that I'm planning on making.

It's a good feeling when you pick up something you haven't done in ages and start going thru it all over again. The last time I made a real painting was after I broke up with my first girlfriend and that was nearly 8 years ago. I made it in anger coz she burned my figure drawing book after we broke up. I would liken myself then, to a firefly with anger, hatred and hurt as my fuel... when the painting was done... I felt burned out. It was the last time I picked up a brush and sat infront of my easel. Oddly enough it was the only painting I had framed and the only paintng that hangs on my room's wall. It's still there as a reminder of who and how I was those days. Conflicting reminders... that I could do anything if I set my mind to it... that anger and hate are negative feelings that one should never dwell upon...

Those days have long gone and my ex and I have reconciled and moved on with our lives. Now it's time for me to go back to what makes me happy... painting. I picked watercolors this time around because I've never been good at it. In part I owe my renewed motivation and confidence to the Warhammer Hobby. Painting those miniatures have been both a learning experience and "a journey into the self" for me. I look at my very first figure and compare it with my present works and I can see clearly how far I've come. It's true that with determination and perseverance one will eventually achieve one's goals... no matter how many times you may fail and get frustrated. :D So now I choose watercolors because it's the medium in which I am weakest and if I can get better at it then I can easily improve on the rest.


I tried making the real painting but decided to redo it. Apparently making the tonal sketch is easier than doing it in full color. :D Still have to learn a lot about color theory I guess...

6 comments:

garrboy said...

many times the sketch is better than the upholstered final product.

is that on color paper?

garrboy said...

oops, i meant watercolor paper.

durr. :P

Salubri said...

yeah. i have yet to find the thicker grade papers though... somehow feeling ko ang nipis nang water color paper natin sa pinas...

anyways it's easier because you're dealing with only one color. all that's needed is to add varying amounts of water to vary the tones. it's much different when you're dealing with more colors. anyways hopefully come this weekend i can do the real painting and have good results.

garrboy said...

yeah. i haven't been able to find the thicker grade papers either. i've searched all over the best NBS branches (all over ortigas and makati) and some art shops, but can't find anything thicker than 140 or 160 lbs.

this stuff is even more rare than epo-putty or krylon black.

and i swear i haven't hoarded any lately.

:P

Salubri said...

welll they do have the 360 gsm paper but it's in a sketchpad version. it was packaged as acrylic sketchpad. 12 pages and 180+ php... oh well...

for that matter i haven't found masking fluid either. :(

id said...

i remember these drawings all too well...