Another watercolorist’s words, but oh so true. I smiled when I read this, remembering how frustrating I found this in my early watercolor years. The paint doesn’t always stay where I put it. I anticipate this behavior now, and even encourage it, painting wet-on-wet. The paint will continue to travel across moistened paper and to mingle with any other colors it touches along the way. It is one of the loveliest things about watercolor, that it continues to change even after I’ve stopped pushing it around with the brush. The key is knowing when to push and when to stop and watch.
Cat Brier in Hadden Woods When I paint a leaf I notice every vein, every worm hole, every soft color. I would not notice these details in a glance. Observation is a meditative practice, a skill that can be learned. Enhance your life by changing the way you see the world around you.
It was unlike other mediums I had tried; pencil, charcoal, oil, acrylic…put them down and they stay put. Not so with watercolor which continues to move long after you’ve walked away, as if it had a mind of its own. Now, I find that characteristic the one I’ve come to love the most. I’m endlessly fascinated by watercolor. My advice to newbies….relax, don’t be too bossy with watercolor, it doesn’t respond well to micro-management.
Join the class on any Wednesday in June or July. Every three hour class ($45.) will include a little drawing instruction, some color theory (how to make the color you want by mixing the three primaries), and every class will include some painting techniques you will use over and over again (for example: the same technique for painting clouds can be used to paint trees). 706-888-1110.
I am honored to receive the Carmike Cinemas Corporate Sponsor’s Award for Cat Brier, Hadden Wood. This 11 x 14 watercolor sold for 100 volunteer hours at the 2014 Young Professionals “Time For Art” event in November. The highest bidder has one year to work their 100 volunteer hours for the local, charitable organization of their choice. I’ve had greeting cards made and plan to publish a limited edition print of Cat Brier.
I will be starting a new, weekly watercolor and drawing class for adult students on January 7, at Sunnyside, a restored 1920 schoolhouse in Harris County. Wednesdays 1/7 – 2/11, 12:30-3:30. $180. Pre-registration appreciated-706-888-1110.