Monday, September 19, 2011

Rocks

Rocks are my latest challenge. I'm taking a watercolor class and the first assignment was rocks. Oh dear, how could something so simple be so hard? Well, my instructor liked what I did and gave me a big clue as to why it worked-the 40% rule. Using a gray scale from one to ten, there should be at least a four jump difference between the light and dark areas. Remember, I need basic instruction in this subject. Anyway, I'm so proud.

Then I decided to do another pile of rocks. This time I used Intense pencils. All this practice helps me to not be so afraid. Now, however, I need to jump into water!

13 comments:

whatidoisme said...

Blimey - those rocks rock! And what a great tip about the 4 jump difference from light to dark. Thank you for sharing and look forward to seeing more.
Sue

MaryO said...

Wow, those are beautiful rocks. Both treatments are very effective! Good work!!!

stewcrowther said...

Oh Sandra, these are both fantastic.
Wonderful artwork.
Stew.

bettyfromtexas said...

WOO-HOO, Sandra!! You SHOULD be SO proud . . . smug, even! These are gorgeous!! I can't wait to see what comes next!

Shirley said...

Wonderful. I'm so jealous....

Clare said...

Oh,Oh,Oh Fabulous rocks...I am working on a pile of flat rocks in our garden so thanks for the tip too!!

jenna said...

Wow-- these area beautiful.

Dan Kent said...

The 40% rule is new to me - very interesting - a rule I will remember. These rocks - both pictures, are great! You learned your lesson well.

Alex said...

These are amazing! Whether using watercolors or pencils, I'd say you aced at doing rocks and I don't think anyone would say otherwise.
Beautiful work Sandra.

raena said...

I know...every time you learn something new in your class...you come teach it to us! That way I won't have to be jealous you're taking a class! Fabulous job; you've every right to be proud!

Cathy Holtom said...

These are really good, I agree with Raena...tell us about what you learnt so we can make notes!

Beach Cat ! said...

Both of your examples make it hard to think of you as a beginner! Thank you so much for telling me HOW you did it ... I am a beginner too, and love to have hints. Your second pile looks like they are sitting in snow, what a beautiful scene you have created!

nanke's stuff said...

Great job and I'm grateful too for your generous sharing! Nancy