I read emails and listen to students who try so hard to create a masterpiece. They put so much stress on their shoulders by despertely trying to paint a piece that will be framed or shown in an exhibition.Every single time they pick up a brush it has to be to create a huge success.
What a headache!
" It doesn't turn out the way I want it to " is a really popular saying. If we were working with other mediums where the pigment stays where it is placed I could understand the frustration. But when working with watercolour the sheer joy is in not having control.Working with this medium as a friend who excites us is incredible. With every single brushstroke or application of colour we can achieve a huge variety of unique effects.
Playing with watercolour in exercises is valuable in achieving better results. In my second book I aim to show how much fun can be had with simple exercises and demonstrate how exciting painting in a loose style can be.
I received some lovely comments about the girl with the umbrella on my blog yesterday. Let's look at her again. How did I create her without a sketch?
I literally just threw colour on my paper! And a lot of water!
I can see the umbrella is too small..........and so I make it larger adding stronger colour now.
And a painting magically begins to appear in seconds!
What have I learned from this two minute exercise?
I can make changes in watercolour.
I can have fun if I relax and enjoy my painting session!
I can also throw this in the bin and no one will be any the wiser!
Does it matter?
Enjoying holding the brush does.....everything else is hindering gorgeous results!
Have fun !