• Donna
      Participant
      Chirps: 15
      My before and after is right to left. It was easier to get the birds closer for the picture by laying them out backwards. I was able to apply scale/measurements. What a fantastic technique. I also applied negative space, especially between the legs.While not great, my first bird looks more cartoonish...a cute cartoon, but not proportional or close to the real thing. My second image looks more like the reference. It looks like a yellow warbler. The first one looks like a generic cartoon bird. I'm going to go back into the latest one and finish it, but thought the comparison worked now because it's a line drawing like the first one and easier to see the differences. I feel good about the sketch. I think I could go back in an increase values with confidence. I really need to work on watercolor technique. It was fun doing the washes and techniques, but when I tried to apply it to my work, I struggled with details. I IMG_6984
    • Belinda
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      Chirps: 9
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    • Linda
      Participant
      Chirps: 12
      imageimageI enjoyed this class and would like more! I am still working on getting the colors right, but feeling confident with experimenting with the different combinations. It all requires a lot of practice. Thank you Liz for your expertise and demonstrating the act of patience.
    • Alvin
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      Chirps: 4
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    • Mary Jo
      Participant
      Chirps: 12
      97U3sR2iT7SSIbdWycKKxw_thumb_14e7I I have really enjoyed this course.  I love seeing all of the other paintings from the group!  I admit  feeling a little timid about the watercolor process but it boils down to practice for sure!
    • Christy
      Participant
      Chirps: 8
      I don't know if I have improved, but I have really enjoyed this class!IMG_4412IMG_4411
    • Donna
      Participant
      Chirps: 34
      Day one at the top, today at the bottom, still working on getting the colors right, but more comfortable with composition and form. imageimage
    • Aimee
      Participant
      Chirps: 10
      Past on the left, current try on the right. Learning to look at negative shapes and how different parts relate to each other was very helpful in laying down the draft sketch. I've been avoiding watercolor for 20+ years, and finally through learning techniques taught by Liz I am really enjoying it. Waiting for the paint to dry between layering and faintly erasing pencil lines before coloring were two techniques that really helped me move forward. Still need practice on proportion & color mixing. IMG_5875
    • Karen
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      Chirps: 1
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    • Elizabeth
      Participant
      Chirps: 9
      6788A2B4-96CF-45DD-B7BC-795FF6E9D985A13A5F06-42B9-4898-A35A-C60539DA02E8I’m pleased with my progress and bringing it all together. Still need to work on my watercolor technique! I can see the improvement in everyone’s work.
    • IMG_5415 I like using wet-on-wet to give an effect. Watercolor has a "mind" of its own. At times, I use a wrong color that I intended to use and then will need to readjust my strategy. With more practice I will be able to determine how the color flows. I even have to compensate for color blindness, which can make interesting results. After doing the sketch, I attempted to create the 3-D effect with yellow by using the layering process.
    • Shirley
      Participant
      Chirps: 7
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    • Kati
      Participant
      Chirps: 12
      using the skills we learned for measuring proportions and working with negative space definitely improved my work overall. i tried much harder to make sure i was seeing the shape, and not just the object. i'm very happy with the results! beforeafter  
    • Lisa
      Participant
      Chirps: 3
      I have enjoyed this course very much. I definitely see improvement in my drawing. I need more patience with painting. Just let it dry! Thank you Liz. IMG_0178IMG_0179
    • Mary-Louise
      Participant
      Chirps: 8
      IMG_1725                                   IMG_1723   I am very pleased with the improvement.  It has been years since I worked in watercolors and I love getting back to using watercolors.  I have really focused on enjoying the process and not so much the product.  I is a wonderful combination of my love fore nature and art.
    • Janice
      Participant
      Chirps: 9
      IMG_5324The drawing on the left is a much truer representation of the yellow warbler. Instead of pencils I used water color. Though I am just learning about them, I find them exciting to use. Though I have a long way to go, I am very encouraged by what Liz has taught me. This class has been a joy and a revelation. Thank you, Liz, and Cornell.
    • Sandy
      Participant
      Chirps: 32
      Techniques learned in this course, and used in creating the Yellow Warbler painting: wet on dry, wet on wet, tinting with opposite color (i.e. to create shaded areas on the yellow a little bit of purple mixed in really worked!), proportions and recognizing the negative spaces, using hatch lines to create texture and dimension. I must be leaving something out... :)
    • Sandy
      Participant
      Chirps: 32
      The paint brush and I are becoming friends, thanks to the fun exercises in this course! There seems to be an early 'ugly duckling' phase (excuse the phrase), before each effort transitions into something satisfyingIMG_0041. One challenge is knowing when to stop :)
      • Leah
        Participant
        Chirps: 5
        OMG. I would take your class. Stunning. I need some extension activity on using watercolor. I find it unruly!
    • Karen
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      I really enjoyed this class and learned so much! Negative space, gesture drawing, proportions, tone and shade - all make such a difference. Color mixing and seeing tone and shade are areas where I'll keep working. My little yellow warbler improved quite a bit! Thank you Liz! IMG_4850
      • S
        Participant
        Chirps: 32
        wow...
    • Cynthia
      Participant
      Chirps: 4
      30991378-63D3-496D-B8E7-C2A02C463F50I took art classes in both high school and college. However, I have learned so much more from this course.  Liz Clayton Fuller is an amazing teacher. She thoroughly gave us in-depth instructions for drawing and watercolor skills and techniques.  I especially benefited from from the lessons on adding color to my sketches. I think my biggest difficulty is being patient, and waiting for my watercolors to dry before moving to the next step.   I enjoyed all the lessons, and looked forward to working on the class assignments.  I hope to continue using all that I learned on future art projects.
      • Mary Jo
        Participant
        Chirps: 12
        This is so pretty!  I love the details on the warbler as well as the branch and leaves.  I agree with you about waiting for watercolors to dry in between layers.  I have learned so much from this course and have really enjoyed the process.
    • Montecito
      Participant
      Chirps: 22
      I liked a lot this exercise because I could practice the techniques to add color. Wet on wet, wet on dry, dry brush, wash, I liked the proportion of the bird, and I think I need to practice more about value. Here is the before and after: Tg6cd0mercdfknpvsdto4mfub9uw3wcm6 (2)
    • Christina
      Participant
      Chirps: 19
      IMG_6271 Here's a little Indian Palm squirrel I just painted from a photo... Going to practice daily!
    • Christina
      Participant
      Chirps: 19
      IMG_6173IMG_6269 This class made all the difference! Yellow Fellow looks dimensional. I got here by learning about the use of short, sketchy lines to rough out a shape, and using, in this example, the bird's head to estimate the size of the body. I learned to draw and paint what I see, and not what I know, or assume... The watercolor instruction has been particularly helpful. I always wanted to learn to use watercolors, and I finally understand the techniques I need: glazing, blending, dry bush, wet on dry... layering... and going over things with a wet brush to blend areas I've already painted. Still need to paint Yellow Fellow's branch and the leaves, am chickening out on the background, but did learn about applying a wash of color... Really happy with the results!
    • Julia
      Participant
      Chirps: 8
      IMG_4727I used watercolor pencils to color the bird.  I would like to go over it lightly with water to blend the colors more but I am worried I will ruin what I have done so far.  I feel as though I have inproved on my sketching skills.  This has been so much fun!
      • Christina
        Participant
        Chirps: 19
        Beautiful sketch, Julia! I've always wanted to try watercolor pencils... have a set here at home, but am nervous about adding water to spoil what I've done! I totally understand! But I might try this exercise again with the pencils to see what happens...
    • Jeyda
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      Chirps: 1
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      • Christina
        Participant
        Chirps: 19
        Beautiful color work, Jeyda! And you really captured the textures of his feathers!