"Walter Robinson at Critique"
watercolor by Skip Lawrence
"By keeping the shape of Walter simple, I captured the strength of the man."
Artist Skip Lawrence could've titled his book the Shapemaker, as that is one of his biggest strengths.
The basic concept is simple: Look past surface detail to see your subject in large, unified shapes of light and shade, adjust and exaggerate colors and temperatures for impact, and design a dramatic composition around big shapes of light and shadow.
"New Harbor, Maine" watercolor by Skip Lawrence
"Many of the colors achieved in our paintings are the result of not just pigments used, but also when and how they're applied. In this case, the shape of the house began with a dark ultramarine blue base. While still wet, relatively dry applications of Indian Red, Cadmium Red and Permanent Rose were applied. The quality and depth of color gained cannot be delivered in any other way."