Watercolour Wednesday again! Fun and exciting, Watercolours are predictably unpredictable. With their own unique Quirkiness. Love them!
Watercolours Wonderful and Unpredictable
You just never know with watercolours, they seem to have a mind of their own at times. You tell them to go right and they go left! And then you have all these Detours… I’ll show you mine.
Watercolour Starting Out Plans
My initial idea was to use my palette knife to create a colour-filled, bold impressionist ocean scene that was loosely based on a couple of my older reference photos. In my mind, I didn’t want ‘tired, wimpy watercolours.’ But rather, BIG and bold – wild tempestuous seas.
Watercolour painting Materials
Palette knife, paint colours of cobalt, ultramarine blue, phalo green, burnt sienna, burnt umber, buff titanium. Watercolour papers – Arches hot press and cold press.
Watercolour Steps, Processes and Techniques
My first warm up. Hmm. A bit wimpy. Not even close.
What happened?! I used a Brush, for pete’s sake. Where did that come from?
Ok. We’ll try again. Got my palette knife this time, yes.
But, somehow was detoured by cobalt teal blue in acrylics.
Next. This is Better….. Watercolours were used with the palette knife. I did a little bit of testing the prussian and white gouache mixture for an intertwining look of surf and waves crashing about.
But, you ask, Where did Prussian and White come from? It wasn’t on your materials list!
Yes, very perceptive.
If, you would have been in the studio as I was struggling along, you could have helped to remind me of these things. It really would have been a great help you know.
So, by this time, I’m definitely calling these “Warm Ups”… I’m not ready to call them all flops and quit though.
Detours of Watercolour
These are Detours. They are taking me on the “Scenic Route.”
I’m fine with that; its about the journey. Am I enjoying the process? Yes…. well, so far!
Now number four, is again with my palette knife. And it is Bold. Very Good. But, its in acrylics. Apparently I seem to like these colours. I am repeatedly using them in the past few months – cobalt teal blue pg50, indigo (blend) with a hint of hansa yellow light py3.
Finally – the last was done in all watercolours.
And With a palette knife. Goodie.
Plus, it was on my hot press paper that was dampened down to allow the fully loaded knife to glide along smoothly even with globs of paint!
Now, I’ve got a bold, impressionist, watercolour ocean scene, using a knife and its not wimpy….. whew.
I guess my point here, is the painting journey is an Adventure.
With a lot of Detours.
Just go along on the Scenic Route that watercolour takes you.
There are wonderful sights and discoveries on these pesky little Detours.