When you can’t see the woods for the trees.

So often when we are drawing or painting, we are so focused on the objects we forget to look at the spaces. Well this little painting tutorial is to help you take note of the spaces. 

Negative Space

For example, it is very helpful when you are sketching a still life and you are working out how to place your objects in relation to each other, by looking at the shape of the spaces between.

Not only is it a great exercise in helping your brain become more flexible, it also shows you how by painting the spaces you create the objects at the same time. Confused? Well have go, you’ll have to concentrate but it’s worth it.

I can’t take credit for the idea, as I found it in a book I have had for years by Linda Kemp. Check her out if you’d like to know about this approach to painting.

For more watercolour painting courses and painting workshops, go to ‘Painting with Nicola’  Or if you can join me on one of my painting holidays. Enjoy your painting.