The Yellow Line Project
This idea is adapted from the book Painting from the Inside Out: 19 Projects and Exercises to Free your Creative Spirit by Betsy Dillard Stroud. It’s a great book with many ideas for kick-starting your creativity.
Set up a still-life using items with simple, interesting shapes. Using watercolor or acrylic paint in a light color, draw the complete outline of each object, even items that are behind other objects, as if you have x-ray vision. You may want to practice on cheap paper until you have some good looking interlocking shapes. Reproduce your light-colored outlines on good paper then let dry completely.
|To fill the shapes, I like to
use jewel-tone colors (rich, transparent
colors such as, Quinacridone Gold, Phthalo Blues and Greens,
Quinacridone Rose and/or Magenta) as is suggested in the book. Working
rather flatly, fill in the colors of each item, letting the
light-colored outlines show. Indicate which items are in front by
painting all the sections a similar color. Mix your jewel tones and
vary each section of one item a little bit.
|To take it a few steps farther,
I started these paintings with several light colors of watercolor
blending wet into wet as I
made the outlines of the shapes. After proceeding through the
steps as described above, I then continued to subdivide shapes, and
glazed on stripes within the shapes and even in the background with my
limited, transparent palette.
The last step was adding Sharpie. - melissa