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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Daily Life, school, by Elaine (jaguarish)

This is the school my kids attend, and I drive them to and from school every day (because in Australia, there are no school buses, and I don't think my kids are old enough to go on public buses by themselves).  I have started dropping my kids off in a quiet street near the back of the school, rather than brave the crazy scene at the front of the school.  I think as the school grows it is getting crazier and crazier!  So I had time to relax and make a sketch of the school.  I only pencilled in some shapes lightly and had to wait until much later in the day to add the watercolour but it seems to be recognisable anyway -- some of my daughter's friends recognised it as they watched me paint it.  I was trying to use deep blue for the shadows but I think maybe this time it didn't work...


11 comments:

  1. Great way to use your time waiting for the kids. Love your painting.

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  2. This is lovely and so well done, it's such a complex sketch but everything looks in proportion and places just perfectly. The colours are great and I think the blue shadows work well.

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  3. This is a wonderful scene. I like your shapes and how they flow and interact with one another. In other words I agree with Jez (I just glanced up and saw that she'd expressed what I thought much better than I had :) )

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  4. what a gorgeous setting for a school, plus I love the architecture, and the painting is so lovely! is this water color?

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  5. Nice sketch of the school! I think it gets crazy near all schools with the lineup of parents in cars, and buses, and kids walking. I try to avoid driving near the schools anywhere near release time.

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  6. I think this is a great sketch, well done while waiting.

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  7. Very lovely watercolor! I think the sky carries the picture. I love that the kids recognized and appreciated it!

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  8. Thanks for all the supportive comments everyone, makes me feel special. :) My concern with the blue is that the colour is coming forward rather than receding as shadows are supposed to do. I need to think more about the right way to colour such a scene! Any suggestions?

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  9. I am by no means an expert or even a novice at this, but maybe if the other shades in the picture were darker, the blue would recede?

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