Watercolor Discoveries – Fun and loose, playing around.
No stress. No schedules. No rules.
Today, it does Not matter – what happens, as long as the painting time is enjoyable!
This, is one of the best painting mottos I have.
A few parameters, not rules.
The Parameters: watercolors, greens, not working from photos.
Just using my zen stroll inspirations.
Memory of places I’ve been to.
That, should keep things…. light and easy.
Free and loose.
Techniques to try out
I planned to explore some different ways with foliage greens.
Painting direct, fast. Right onto dry paper.
Not watercolor paper, its cartridge paper.
Its pretty unforgiving.
So every brush stroke must be considered in advance, then executed boldly.
And, then the challenge
to leave it ALONE.
A ‘must’ with cartridge paper with watercolor.
It absolutely will not, put up with a fiddler.
This, is a beautiful lesson and exercise for all of us.
Beginners, to advanced.
We all will reap rewards.
Plastic wrap with watercolors
The next technique to explore, is to play with glad wrap.
Trying out the perfect, timing of when to pull the plastic off, for the edges to be …. medium firm.
With watercolors, the timing is critical. For many different aspects and techniques.
Success hinges on learning how to time the stages of watercolor, down to the minute.
What I wanted in this experiment, was a medium watercolor edge.
Not a hard, crisp edge.
Nor merging all over the place, utterly undefined.
I needed to take the wrap off, just before, it went Dry.
Burnt sienna, terracotta, the shadowed indigo, lime yellows, with pale buff titanium here and there……. my zen stroll from a few months back.
The glorious tendrils of light red transitioning to gold in the sunlight, captured my eye then – and remained in my memory banks.
I didn’t want to duplicate the subject.
I just wanted to reenact the Colors and how they made me feel.