Trying Watercolors, for the first time since grade school.
About two years ago I bought a started set of watercolor in tubes, good quality, professional watercolors. I brought them home excited to use them, put them into my closet, and left them. They never saw the light of day again until just a few days ago.
Here’s how they finally escaped the closet. I was on my way to the first Saturday Art Walk in Port Orchard Washington, when I realized that I had forgotten to bring anything to work on. No paints, no book to read, I did have my sketch book, but I knew I felt like painting. So I stopped by a store on my way and bought a tablet of Canson watercolor paper, a pack of brushes, and a rather cheap set of watercolors. I figured I was just playing around so the cheap set was fine.
Subject of opportunity, A lamppost
During the art walk I looked across the road at a light post adorned with flowers, and started painting it.
Lots of time to
The Artwalk lasts 3 hours, but I had a lot of things to set up so I began my setup almost 2 full hours before the Artwalk starts. Here is what I had to set up:
Anyway, I started setup early, but it didn’t take as long as I thought, so I had a half hour to kill before it started, what all this amounts to, is me saying that I had a lot of time to keep playing with the watercolors, so I kept working on the lamppost throughout the Artwalk, except when I was interacting with the general public who came to see the art.
In spite of the bent post, I decided I liked the results I was getting with the watercolors, and I was eager to see what would happen if I took out my good quality set.
When I got home that evening I started working on another painting using the cheap set. I was tired though, and it was late and getting dark, making it hard to see the scene I was trying to paint. To top it off, I failed to choose a central focus for my painting, so I’m afraid it didn’t turn out very good.
Trying the REAL Watercolors.
That night, I filled my watercolor try from my good watercolor tubes. My plan was to try painting with them the next day.
The next day, I decided to paint a greeting card with my good set.
Every day since then, I’ve been painting a greeting card with a bird on it. Here is what I have so far:
Advantages to using watercolors.
I’m having fun with these greeting cards, and I’m discovering several advantages to watercolors.
First, the are less expensive. The paint stretches a long way, and traditionally they are painted on paper, which costs considerably less than canvas, even when you are buying the high quality art paper I’ve been buying, it is still less expensive than canvas.
Second, the give me the results I’m trying to get on skies. I seem to be able to paint a sky much easier with watercolors.
Third. Clean up is easy. Forget to rinse a brush? No problem, the paint will still was out, this is not the case with acrylics. Smear some on the table, again, no problem.
So, while I still plan to work in acrylics at times, I have found a new medium that is at least AS fun, if not more fun to use.