Homework, Part 2

The second demo (Sketchbook Skool course – lesson with Ian Sidaway) was a sketch of a “simple” arrangement of freesia. Again, painting without drawing anything first. Unfortunately my local florist had no freesia which have a lovely graphic shape, so I made do with some fading blooms from the garden.


I’m following a Sketchbook Skool online course called “Watercolor Rules and How to Break Them.” An odd title. Does one need instruction in how to break rules? Anyways, I signed up for it specifically because one of the instructors is Ian Sidaway whose work I admire very much.

In his demo, I was surprised to see that he just starts painting shapes, no underlying drawing in pencil or even in paint. He sees the composition he wants and then starts painting – quite the skill. So, I wanted to give that a go. I used my prize tomato as the main prop. Also, like Ian, I used a full two-page spread in an A4 Moleskine sketchbook.

Unlike Ian, I have not been getting up every day at 4:30 to start painting. If I did, I’m sure I’d see great improvement in my painting skills.