Watercolours

So I’ve been really into using watercolour paints this year. It’s an interesting medium, if a little frustrating at times – I have to be very patient waiting for paint to dry so I don’t end up with all my colours running into each other. The way I paint involves using layers of very thin paint and gradually building up a deeper colour, so it can take a long time, and if I screw up (by not waiting for it to dry, or by using too much pigment, for example) it’s very hard to fix it, so it’s a little nerve-wracking as well.

I’ve used watercolour on and off pretty much since I was a child, but it’s really become a focus lately and I think I’ve improved quite a lot. (It’s amazing what a bit of practice will do.) It’s something I’d like to continue developing – maybe get some proper lessons in using them, or at least do some reading on the subject, since I’m pretty much just learning by experimentation here.

The House in the Woods (ver 2)

Anyway, here’s a piece I finished recently. (It’s version two because it’s based on a digital speedpaint of mine.) It’s mostly in watercolour, although I’ve edited it a bit in photoshop as well – I guess you’d call it mixed media. I made some prints of this to sell at a market stall my class was arranging – no idea how well they sold, if at all, since I was sitting on a train that day, but it was an interesting first attempt at making commercial work.

EDIT: Apparently this is my fifteenth post on this blog. WordPress is flashing a little sidebar at me that says, “Goal of fifteen posts completed!” I was not aware that this was a goal.

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