Beginning with watercolor

I have spent the day working on watercolor sketches, choosing a couple of past prime roses that were given to me on Valentines – yes they sat in the vase as their water slowly evaporated till now. I can be inattentive at times. Using low-grade student quality paints that have sat for far too long, some of the tubes rock solid from age, I thought I would begin. But the paint quality isn’t an issue at this time since my focus at this stage is to get a feel for the medium, and practicing looseness.

Watercolor sketch 2017

Watercolor is a different animal, once the paint touches down on paper it’s there to stay. It is key to be fluid and not overwork a piece, it almost becomes a meditation on the balance of letting go, and knowing when to withhold, and it is so very evident that I need a lot of meditation practice. I have very seldom ever worked in this medium, choosing Acrylics for its speed of drying and forgiving plasticity. Right now I have these poor little paints at my disposal to facilitate my getting back to painting again. And, it’s better for me to work small-scale for the time being as I reawaken those once dormant creative muscles.

Watercolor sketch 2017


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