|Jemima Puddle-Duck by Beatrix Potter|
Since the beginning of the year I've been going through some of my artists' books and date books trying to decide which one I'd use this year to help me along my learning-to-draw journey. It soon became "obvious" who it should be. July 28, 2016 will be the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter's birth. I've already planned to do a Take Joy Society get-together about her in April. My story, Gabriel's Tale, devotes a chapter to Gabriel's journey through Near Sawrey where he encounters several of Beatrix Potter's characters, and since I'll need to be able to draw them for my story, my decision was made. Each month I'll also share a tidbit about Beatrix as I go through my extensive stack of books about her and by her.
The following is the live-action introduction of the animated series, The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends. . . .
Wouldn't it be wonderful if they'd do a totally live-action series on Beatrix Potter! But we do have "Miss Potter." I hope you've seen this movie. . . .
Here is the opening scene. . . .
I will use this little video to inspire me to paint as she did.
Following Beatrix's painting above I sketched my drawing with pencil directly onto the watercolor paper. . . .
It was helpful that I found Beatrix's painting on-line. This allowed me to zoom in on the details in her drawing. I think this will help my "eye" learn to focus more on the mechanics of drawing and not be overwhelmed by the overall picture.
Then I used watercolor pencils at first, but switched to the paint box watercolor because it gave me better control. I will be the first to say that my watercolor does not pass for a Beatrix Potter watercolor! And I still need work on getting proportions right! But today's attempt has brought me to the point of being ready to take lessons. I feel confident that a teacher has something to work with now. . . .
Note: I came back another day when I had natural light instead of artificial light to photograph my watercolor. Now it looks like what I actually painted. . . .
Each month we will follow Miss Jemima Puddle-Duck on her walk through the Lake District using this book. . . .
|You can get a look inside this book HERE.|
Along the way we'll stop and visit with the characters we meet on our walk from Beatrix's books. But first, let me introduce you to Jemima in The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck. . . .
As you saw, Jemima can be a bit scatterbrained, so I will be providing directions we can follow so that we don't get lost along the way!
Until next month. . . .
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