Another day at figure group. Shorter poses are best for me. I try to do new things and slow down for the long poses, but I always destroy it.

3 minute poses

5 minute poses

For the long pose I drew a tight pencil drawing for the first 20 minutes before getting out my paint. I keep thinking that most other watercolor painters do a pencil drawing first so maybe I should too. My controlled drawings are always stiff and disappointing. I don’t like being locked into a (bad) drawing as the painting progresses.

When I started to paint I tried to be slow and academic letting the color build up in thin layers. I didn’t want to be concerned with how the paint behaved, and I didn’t want to inject artifice. I just wanted to try to accurately reproduce the colors I was seeing. I think this is horrible, but I hope I learned something.

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