Finishing A Sketch

New Life For An Unfinished Work

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Rough Start Or Abandoned Work

All of us have drawer or portfolios full of sketches and even intended paintings that were stopped or abandoned for one reason or another.  In general, it is a good idea to finish all the paintings you begin – even if it does not seem to be going in the right direction.

In this watercolor painting lesson, we’ll take a quick, two-minute sketch and turn it into a simple but expressive scene. The starting point is the “Tea Tins In Two Minutes” fast and loose exercise.

In this lesson you’ll learn how to bring a painting from unfinished to finished by working on just a few things:

  • Establishing or re-establishing edges on the objects
  • Building up a range of value to show form and light
  • Adding just enough detail to add realism

It’s a fairly quick and easy lesson that can be applied to almost any un-finished work.

What you’ll need:

  • Finished Tea Tins In Two Minues Quick Painting Drill
  • Colors: Raw Sienna, Quinacridone Deep Gold, Cadmium Red Light, Thalo Blue
  • Medium Round, Small Round, Rigger

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