Painting with watercolour is like painting with coloured light.
The first thing that comes to mind when one considers watercolours is that of dreamy and flowing colours, blends and delicate depths. Because of watercolours’ translucent nature, it creates a subtle atmosphere of light and luminosity. The paper shimmers through the lucid paint, incorporating itself as part of the art work.
Watercolours are direct and immediate, and therefore very popular – you can create areas quickly with washes and it is a clean and easy medium to carry around.
Watercolours are also very unpredictable – it tends to force you to adjust to its impulsive nature, and can be frustrating at times. This leads to the common conception of it being a very difficult medium. But it is exactly this accidental nature that can produce its most fascinating effects.
The exclusion of white paint (the paper constitutes the white areas and paint is diluted with water to make it lighter) is the traditional method of using watercolours and is law according to conventional watercolourists. But many exciting techniques can be produced by additives and white paint (Either Chinese White Watercolour or White Gouache Paints). Effects are subject to a lot of experimentation, and as with any medium, watercolours should not be limited to purist thought.
The Watercolor Program:
Learn to do washes, graded washes and tone overlays, wet onto dry and wet onto wet watercolour techniques, watercolour with pencil, charcoal and pastels, loosening up and spontaneous painting, shadow pattern establishing, colour study, damp paper and wash effects, paint dropping and bleeding effects, salt and alcohol effects, scratching and splattering effects and painting watercolours with mediums like turpentine, gum arabic and glycerin in all formats including landscape, still, floral, figurative, portrait, modern and so on.
All materials associated with watercolours will also be dealt with.