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Things I've Learned About Painting In Watercolour [May. 16th, 2016|12:54 pm]
Tony Grist
1. Don't overwork the paint. OK- you can, but then you'll end up with something that looks like an early Rossetti and you'll have lost the fluency and transparency that makes the medium distinctive.

2. Brushstokes are beautiful in themselves.

3. Don't correct your mistakes. Corrections always look like corrections. If the thing really isn't right then start again on another piece of paper.

4. Some mistakes are actually happy accidents.

5. Don't dither . Go big and broad.

6. Don't overthink. The image in your head isn't the image you'll end up with. The image you end up with will be bolder and better. If it isn't, chuck it away.

7. Trust the brush.

[User Picture]From: haikujaguar
2016-05-16 12:29 pm (UTC)
I have always found that #7 is huge. What I love about watercolors/gouache is that it feels like a collaboration between me and the brush. :)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-05-16 12:59 pm (UTC)
I have ideas, the brush has other ideas. Between us we arrive at a result.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2016-05-16 07:14 pm (UTC)
Ooh that is good .. like it.
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[User Picture]From: arielstarshadow
2016-05-16 02:40 pm (UTC)
This feels like pretty good advice for life as well.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-05-16 03:04 pm (UTC)
There's certainly overlap...
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2016-05-16 05:21 pm (UTC)
Don't you just hate it when your painting looks like an early Rossetti? ;)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-05-16 07:57 pm (UTC)
There was a time- decades ago- when I rather wanted my pictures to look like early Rossettis. They didn't, of course, but they did have something of the same, scuffed and laboured look. These days I'm trying to get as far away from that as possible...
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