Hibiscus & Citrus compositions

Hibiscus & Citrus compositions - student project

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1. Loved practicing these compositions using the white space technique. Really simplified the process for me and made it easier to focus on blending colors and one segment at a time- lot less overwhelming that way.

2. My 4yo watched along and painted with me!

3. Really enjoyed the fluidity of the kiwi & fern. 
4. Really appreciated the practice of blocking out main shapes at the beginning and working in the details later. 
5. Really appreciated the technique of using the complementary color on the color wheel being “peppered” in ever so slightly, especially yellows and turquoises, to desaturate a bright color OR indicate depth & highlights.

6. Liked being reminded not to paint too literally or photorealistically- to interpret the image with some wild colors or adding in elements here and there that make the painting a little bit whimsical, modernistic, and playful. 
7. Really appreciated having enough of a step by step to see the instructor’s every brush stroke while still having the freedom to change colors, manipulate the composition, or change a subject for something else.

8. Also trying out unsplash for the first time! I love taking my own photos but this is such a great resource when looking for something super specific that I don’t have immediate access to or already have a photo of.

9. Interested in taking these concepts further— I stuck pretty close to the suggested composition for the sake of practice. Now looking forward to playing around with it a little more and with different fruits, veggies, florals, etc. 

10. Major tip — it’s been so easy for me to underuse my detail brushes until this class. It’s hard to make a fork do a spoon’s job!! There was finally the aha moment for sharpening up the tips of leaves and filling tight spaces with the 0 or 1. I realized without noticing Id gotten in the habit of getting attached to one (larger) brush and trying to make it do everything. Switching out small, medium, large sizes often, was a really big breakthrough!

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Joanna Hall
Growing at the speed of life.