My Painting Warm-Up
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I've gotten into the habit of doing a warm-up before I start painting. It's a chance for me to get a little bit of extra practice in, decide what colours I want to use, and be a little bit playful before starting on the real piece.
One of my favourite warm-up subjects is eyes. They are the most expressive part of the face, and I think that when you can show emotion and expressive using just the eyes, that's a real skill. I always try to capture as much as I can in the eyes, whether it's what I'm feeling or what I want the viewer to feel. This idea is explained beautifully in Juan Antonio Bayona's 2016 film A Monster Calls (watch the clip below).
In this piece I was really working to bring in some of the bright blues and yellow tones that I have been using recently. My use of colour is really inspired by a lot of the Impressionists. There's something about their work that I find so emotive, and recently I've been particularly drawn to some of Van Gogh's bolder pieces like A Wheat Field with Cypresses (1889), which I recently had the pleasure of seeing in the person at the National Gallery in London. I also took this as a chance to try out my new Windsor & Newton 5ml tubes* from the Professional Water Colour range. If you would like to know more about these paints, you can read my review here.
Do you have something in particular you love to paint, or a warmup practice? Let me know in the comments!