The term ‘Pick and Plonk’ comes from fellow artist and teacher Gail Elson. It really means what it says. It gives you the freedom to take shapes and marks from any studies and put them where you please., as many times as you like. It sounds simple and not a little chaotic, but it’s a good reminder to not get stuck with fixed ideas – it helps you to practice the idea of moving,layering and adjusting a composition in a playful, intuitive way.
For this exercise you will need a sheet of A1 paper divided into four equal pieces together with paints and brushes.
*exercise taken from ‘Drawing and Painting People: A fresh Approach’ by Emily Ball. Link to Emily’s books in our bio.
Play in Progress.
This is a painting on paper I've been playing with just a little bit every day in-between working on the new website and blog. It's given me the opportunity to have a paintbrush in my hand. At first I added one color a day. Now I'm playing with pencil as well. It may end up as something or just an exercise to keep me sane. But it has been fun. Enjoy the weekend everybody!
This painting of a Vermeer was a blurred slide exercise in Jane Fasse's painting class from years ago. The Vermeer slide was blurred and then focused little by little during class. We painted what we saw. The second slide was taken after the first couple intervals. I could not figure out what I was painting until the last 20 minutes of the session. This was probably one of the best exercises to learn to paint by capturing big shapes of color and value first. And it is also a good way to practice loose brush work.
Today I copied an Amy Brnger @amybrnger in an attempt to understand how she does it. I didn’t get the violet right. It was an interesting exercise. Mine’s first hers second (I think you can probably tell!!)#copyingtolearn#paintingexercise#flowerpainting
This was the beginning of a piece that is now destined for the paint-over pile, but was fun to do anyway. I decided to just let go and paint a seascape, without worrying about how I was "supposed" to be painting it.