Watercolor painting has been my vice for emotion releaseas well as my creative outlet. I would like to share some of my work and the tools I have used and my opinion of those items. First because I was getting back into watercolor after many years of raising my children I decided to buy “student grade” products first to play around with until my skills returned.
1. Why watercolor? What is it about watercolor that has made it your medium of choice?
I think I gravitated toward watercolors because of my early experiences with acrylics. I liked the idea of thinning and cleaning up with water – less toxic and odorless. There is one basic difference between transparent watercolour and all other heavy painting mediums–its transparency.
What I didn’t realize at that time was the steepness of the learning curve inherent in making good paintings with watercolor versus any other painting medium! So I am glad I got started learning and experimenting without the burden of anyone telling me how hard it can be to paint well in watercolor. It is a dance or a conversation with the paper and paint. Make a stroke, see what happens, make another – all executed rapidly with intense focus.
It is the immediacy of the medium and the way the pigment responds on your paper to your personal emotional response to your subject. You have to decide where you will place each brush stroke of color and then let it do its magic. Watercolor is not a medium to be totally controlled and manipulated, and of course that is the very beauty of its quality. Watercolor is hypnotic, addictive in my opinion. I see an authentic expression. I was finding my own voice in watercolor, in art. Spontaneity is directly related to self-expression.
2. What is the one most valuable technical lesson you’ve learned about painting in watercolor?
The wonderful “accidents” that happen with the flow of colors can not be achieved by another medium that I know of.
There are many ‘lessons’ way more valuable than the technique of paint application, such as design and content, but, since you asked….Moisture control. Not the control of the water on the surface of your paper but the amount of water carried in your brush. Moisture control with paint, water and brush is absolutely necessary to obtaining positive results.
It is a dance or a conversation with the paper and paint. Make a stroke, see what happens, make another – all executed rapidly with intense focus.
3. What type of paper do you typically use for your paintings – brand and surface?
Handbook Paper Fluid 100 Watercolor Cp 300Lb Ez-Block 8X8
My preference has always been Arches 300# cold-pressed paper.
The creativity and spontaneity of watercolor is why I chose it an my outlet. It is an enjoyable medium to use.
So – watercolor is painting with colored pigment floating in water. Unlike oil or acrylic, or most drawing material, it’s not simply mixing color and placing it where you want it. You’re also allowing the water to move the color on it’s own.
You’re working in partnership with the laws of fluid dynamics. Watercolor will drip down with gravity, creep into paper fibers, bloom into wet areas, or puddle against dry edges.
There’s no other kind of panting, where the color moves on it’s own!
I hope you enjoy and may it inspire you to try watercolor painting.
I am a mother of 3 adult children, 1 awesome grandson and 1 fur baby. I love my passions which include watercolor painting, riding my Harley-davidson motorcycle and blogging.
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