Yup. I’m on an imaginary trip… to Paris. I found this terrific idea on a website – taking a ‘pretend’ trip – so that I could practice journaling AND watercolor painting while in Paris. Other trips are possible; the website is here.
While packing (!), I had to figure out my supplies, so my first journal entry was a painting of my palette – which I’m sure I’ll use a lot as sometimes I cannot figure out which color is which, by just looking at them.
Our first day in Paris was at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery which seemed an odd place to start a trip – but wow – LOTS of ideas for journaling. Our teacher provided written instructions, a nice long video (!) and sample pics we could use as references. We’re also allowed to use pictures off the web IF we have the creator’s permission or the pictures have Creative Commons licensing. I used a photo reference from Flickr, by L-Plate Big Cheese (hey, I could not make that up). Here’s a link to the original photo. And below is my painted version:
After the long walk in the cemetery we all stopped for pastries. Again our instructor provided a great video, sample photos for references, and some “rules” (time limits, color limitations, etc.) for making our journal entry. Below is my picture showing tea, macaron cookies, and a statue from the cemetery:
The next stop? A streetside cafe. This one was interesting because we all cruised through Google Street View to find inspiration. Honestly… I looked through Flickr “CC” images first… then found the location in Google Street View, but fell back on the Flickr image as my reference. Here is the original Flickr image by Metamarist. Before you look at my version below and the wonderful original image, please note (!) that my idea was to super simplify the image, use few colors, and to move the waiter so he was next to the lady in red. Below is my version (I still need to add some text!)
And our current lesson! Eeeeek! Painting people! The lesson above was just me, splashing paint around, but now I get to learn how to do it right! Can’t wait… Our teacher again provided instructions, photo references and another well-done video. I used our teacher’s instructions and started sketching a little, using two images by zoetnet on Flickr as references:
And here’s my finished experiment (notice that the young lady has lost weight, while the young man has gained!). I redrew all of them on a separate sheet of 140 lb. watercolor paper in my journal.