Thumbnail studies

I am realizing I should do more studies prior to painting to work out compositions and values. My practice has been to take some wide open photos with my iPhone then zoom and crop to find some interesting compositions within a well framed wider shot. This is useful, but it’s just a start. It doesn’t show the full potential of a scene. Often what looks so-so in a photo can be far more compelling when worked up by hand. I also want to train myself to compose better from real life without the benefit of the camera’s viewfinder. The first step is some quick drawings. Here are two studies from cropped photos. Ballpoint pen is pretty good for these. Next is to get outside again. I’ve just been too busy to relax enough to be in the drawing mood during the day.

Thanks for reading.