Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Magenta, Yellow and Cyan

When I am thinking of ideas for paintings I often start with quick watercolors in my sketchbook.  My concern here is not for detail but for composition, color and general "feel" of the painting.  Sometimes these studies don't get beyond the sketch stage, but when I do decide to develop them into larger paintings I find they are extremely helpful.  In fact, I rarely paint a larger painting without having done a small version either in watercolor or oil, or sometimes both.  This watercolor is my initial sketch for another painting I plan to do of our local Ballet Folklorico dancers.

1 comment:

  1. Your watercolor sketches are beautiful, exciting gems - I hope there will be a James Tennison sketchbook exhibit someday! :-)