Athens Georgia, Canson XL series (140lb)paper, charcoal, color, Daily Painting, early Autumn, expressionism, expressive, Gardenscape, Georgia, Georgia State Botanical Gardens, Harold Speed, nature, Quote, watercolor
Botanical Garden 18
I have always been drawn to and inspired by artists that are superior draughtsman. I’ve written several times that I believe drawing is the single most important skill any painter can develop. The real beauty of it is you never stop learning and never stop improving. The more you draw the more you learn how to draw.
As I’ve been working my way through this series of paintings in and around the Georgia State Botanical Garden one of my goals has been to use a limited palette and feature mostly opaque watercolors such as Bismuth Yellow, Yellow Ocher, Burnt Sienna, Payne’s Gray, Cadmium Red and Yellow, Cobalt, Cerulean, and Manganese Blue; as well as charcoal. I don’t use all of these in every painting. I want to explore the possibilities with just three or four and they are truly infinite.
I’ve found some wonderful insights into drawing and art in Harold Speed’s The Practice and Science of Drawing (1913). Harold Speed (1872-1957) was an English draughtsman and painter. You can find The Practice and Science of Drawing Here