Part 1: Exercise 1.3 – Quick and focused


Use A3 paper for this exercise; cartridge is fine but HP watercolour paper is even better. Select five of your found images. Now use your brush as you would a pencil. A long thin brush is useful for this. Get a plate or palette and have any combination of water-based paint and a large vessel of water at the ready.

Now, looking at the images and NOT the paper, paint what you see. Time yourself for one minute. Overlap the images as you go and work quickly.

Do this three times on three different pieces of paper. Make brief notes on the outcomes.


The five found images I chose for this exercise were as follows:

Sir James Guthrie ‘To Pastures New’ (‘The Goose Girl’), 1883 (Aberdeen Art Gallery Print)
Jules Bastien-Lepage ‘Going to School’ [Aberdeen Art Gallery Print]
Rock formation – Solway Firth (B&W photo, SCB)
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche – Kagyu Samye Dzong, Highlands [from leaflet]
‘Life’s a bitch’ – (Statics poster card)

I selected these five as I felt they provided a good mix of lines and shapes for this quick drawing with paint exercise. The media used were InkTense Block  ink, Poster, Gouache and Acrylic paints. My brush was a size 04 Round, and paper used was A3 HP 300gsm smooth watercolour.

Finished paintings

Exercise 1.3 (1 of 3)

First attempt. It was quite hard not to look at the paper as I drew, but in the main I managed it, really only looking quickly at the paper to see where I was going to start another overlapped image. I started with the rock formation outline, then the monk’s face, followed by goose girl, ape and school boy.

Exercise 1.3 (2 of 3)

Attempt number 2. This time I began with the ape in the tree, then turned the paper upside down to draw the rock formation outline and monk’s face, then back around again for school boy, finishing off with goose girl.

Exercise 1.3 (3 of 3)

Attempt number 3. Started with goose girl, then school boy, followed by side-ways monk’s face, rock formation outline and topped with three different coloured apes. I think I spiralled a bit with this last one as I started to fill in blocks of colour and it did take longer to finish than the first two, more like 2-3 minutes, rather than the c.1min. for numbers one and two.

Attempts one and two are quite rough and ready, while number three is beginning to get ‘polished’. All in all, a fairly tricky exercise and I had to discipline myself not to look at the paper to see how the image was turning out. In the main I managed this with numbers one and two. Number three becomes more ‘polished’ as I say, probably because I peeked (well more than peeked actually) at the paper to capture goose girl and school boy! After telling myself off for ‘peeking’ I did manage to brush off the remainder in quick-time.

Stuart Brownlee – 512319
21 September 2016