Hey you lot, how is everyone.
For today’s sketchbook page I’m gonnabe doing a little study of the work by Georgia O’Keefe.
I actually did something like this for oneof my either GCSE or A-Level sketchbooks at school, we were looking at natural forms inart and Georgia O’Keefe is like the ultimate for that.
She also just seems like she was an amazingwoman, I’d recommend reading up on her if you haven’t heard of her.
I actually spelled her name wrong at the tophere but don’t worry I corrected that by the end.
You would never know.
And then just as a little extra on the page,I thought I’d do a little sketch of her before looking in to some of her work.
We’ll go through this bit quite quicklysince it’s not that relevant to the topic of todays video.
But I still thought you’d like to see theprocess of the drawing and get an idea of how to snazz up a more sort of serious, orinformational page in your sketchbook.
So like Miss O’Keefe, I decided I’d workin watercolour today.
I’m working on a really light rough sketch I did in yellow pencil,just to get the composition vaguely in place.
I didn’t realise how long it had been sinceI last used watercolour but wow, I really struggled! I really couldn’t get into my stride withit, I don’t know how it used to be like my main art medium of choice.
I started out by repainting the lily fromher work titled… I didn’t write it down actually but it’ssomething like Lily Turned Away.
This is a really great practice, recreatingthe work of one of the master’s, it helps to break things down, get a better understandingof their process.
Now it’s important when you’re doing astudy of an artist like this and their work, that you don’t just copy.
It’s called a study for a reason.
So definitely put a bit of time into readingup on the artist, their process, what tools they use and how and WHY.
You learn a little bit by straight copying,but sooo much more by actually studying.
So this next piece is called ‘Light Iris’.
I liked this one because it had more of anabstract feel to it.
Also it has more of that cropped close-uplook that Georgia O’Keefe is famous for.
I went in with coloured pencil towards theend of this one to just sharpen things up, add depth where it needed it and little detailsand things that I just couldn’t figure out with the watercolour.
it was fun playing with the coloursand gradients and blending.
Yeah I dunno, it took me way longer than Ithought it would just cos I really couldn’t remember the ins and outs of watercolour.
Which is partly why I switched to gouachefor the last painting, obviously a medium I’m a lot more comfortable with but alsoI think it suited the painting.
The original is called ‘Leaves of a Plant’at the end I got mixed up and wrote that it was called ‘Oriental Poppies’, but yeahits a lot more bold in colour and opaque, I know Georgia O’Keefe sometimes used oilinstead of watercolour, I’m not sure if she did for this one, but I though gouachewould be a good substitute regardless to get across the brightness and colourfulness ofit.
Straight from the beginning I knew this wouldbe my favourite study.
The original painting itself is gorgeous,I love the colours, and just honestly not using watercolour made me feel so much morein control.
Even though I am happy with the outcome ofthe other two paintings.
This one felt a little bit more me.
A little bit more like something I would do.
And studies like this help you trial and errorthings that you otherwise might not have tried and maybe discover things you want to incorporateinto your own work.
Its also a great way to learn about you knowthe most fundamental names in art, in a fun way and in a way thats gonna give a littlepanache to your sketchbook.
Anyway I just finished up by sticking thatlast one in with pritt stick and then I used a black washi tape to make little labels forthe two main paintings.
I also wrote out a little quote that she supposedlysaid, I know there are a lot of fake quotes floating around the internet so you neverknow, but I liked it anyway.
It’s basically about being put down as thebest woman painter but she sees herself as one of the best painters full stop.
And that’s about it! I hope you all enjoyed today’s video.
If you’re struggling to get something downin your sketchbook I think this is a great option.
If you have a go I’d love to know what artistyou do it on.
But yeah til next time guys.