Thursday, 27 October 2011

From the Train by Dianne Lorden

Whew! The month is nearly over!
I'd been wanting to do this picture, from a photo my husband took a couple of years ago, on our way home from Florida on the Auto Train (what fun!). So, when this challenge came up, I decided to use it here. Then, I got involved in a watercolor pencil class with our own Amy Lindenberger; the timing of this piece was perfect for trying out new techniques.
I enjoyed the underpainting process (top). As Amy pointed out, the curtain is sort of springing from the top of my head. She made suggestions to tone that down, which I tried - it was too late for the best solution, which would have been to alter the composition from the photo. Oh well!
As for the regular colored pencil work, some areas I was fairly pleased with and felt I'd learned something. Others, not so much, but still learned something. I was clearly in over my head with a striped shirt.
I'm looking forward to taking colored pencils with Amy, in November.
The view from the train window, which was the point of the challenge, was a big smear in the photo, so that was hard for me to interpret. Initially, I tried reproducing what I saw in the photo. Yikes! Then I tried to show some elements of the landscape. Yikes.
Anyway, what a great class and what an interesting idea for this month's challenge!


Mary Beth Brath said...

Wonderful post. It is so fun to hear about DPP members working together. It sounds like this month's challenge helped you grow. Lovely piece and I hope to see it in person!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

This is terrific, Dianne. I like the blur of landscape in the window - it is subtle, but conveys the movement of the train. I bet you are having a wonderful time in Amy's class!

Dianne Lorden said...

Yes! Can't wait for the next one. Thanks, guys :)