Monday, 20 September 2010

Journal Keeping: Another small tool

I'm sure I've said it before in one of my monthly posts, that I'm not a great painter, not even a particularly good one, but I do like my little travel watercolor set and enjoy using it in my journals. For me, it's more about taking the time to sit down and spend some time with a particular view, than painting something I'll want hanging on the wall. This isn't easy for me. In general, I tend to be a more detailed oriented person, so when faced with a gorgeous landscape, I have a hard time trying to focus on where to start, or what to include.
Someone along the way gave me a slide, with the center film popped out, and suggested I hold this up to a view, move it around, until I see the view in a pleasing composition and one that's easier to translate onto my page.
I find myself doing this for bigger vistas, as well as smaller details. I helps me keep things in better proportion to each other, as well as focus on what it is that I'm drawn to in a particular scene.
This little empty slide has become a fixture in my small set of supplies and I find I'm constantly pulling it out. You can also just use your hands in the same way, which will help you change the size too.


linda said...

Very cool tip!

Lizzie said...

Great idea! I use the "finger frame" method, but I really like the idea of a permanent little frame in my pencil box.

Dyche Designs said...

I love that idea.

Studio B (UberArt) said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing, I'll have to add that to my repertoire!