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P9030027 timeout for art la division watercoolor circles y spirals

“Success has to do with deliberate practice. Practice must be focused, determined, and in an environment where there’s feedback.” (Malcolm Gladwell)

Last week’s drawing/painting class went well. The ladies no longer chatter as much as they did in the first few lessons! As we were painting in silence, every so often someone would ask, “How did you mix that color?”  

Most of the time I switched to a blank section of my paper and demonstrated the process; they watched as I mixed the colors, applied water to the paper and floated the pigment into a defined area.

The exercise began as a fun drawing, but the students learned that even simple designs demand an attentive eye and a steady hand!

Ready?
1. On index paper or heavier, draw overlapping spirals and circles.

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2. Note where the lines overlap and fill in areas with color. Start with light colors first.

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3. This is a great exercise to learn how to control small washes, from very light to heavy pigment.  The students also learned the importance of letting areas dry before painting an adjoining space.

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I warned them to keep the designs large, and by the time they finished painting all of those little spaces, they understood the importance of thinking ahead!

Are you ready to try this exercise?!!!

4. Have fun!
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