A dark mess

Tea pot painting

This was a toned-ground exercise from my acrylics starter kit. It was a bit of a disaster—mainly because I ran out of white and mixed most of the colours way too dark, but also because I got discouraged, started experimenting, and made a bit of mess of it. Again, I learnt a lot, though, and I did enjoy creating the toned-ground effect.

I also did a reasonable quick sketch from the photo before I attempted the painting:

Tea pot sketch

Initial sketches

From what I’ve read recently, drawing is foundational to good painting, so I’ve been focusing on that to begin with. Here are some of my better sketches from the last few weeks.