Thursday, January 27, 2011

What have I been up to?

I am teaching myself to paint with watercolors. I went to my local book store and bought a book that comes with a DVD written by Birgit O'Connor. Above is an excercise that has helped me understand how watercolor moves. The book exposes essential watercolor laws to non-painters like myself but are obvious to others. Here are a couple of laws:

(1) [Watercolor] can't move without water.

(2) Backwashes happen when the moisture level is uneven.

(3) Watercolor can be lifted to varying degrees.

This is my unfinished preliminary color scheme in colored pencil.


  1. Good luck with the watercolour, i'm not a fan myself as it doesn't do what i want.

  2. I understand exactly what you mean, Magic. Other artists make it look so simple. But as I continue to study it and practice, I find myself falling in love with!