We were introduced to watercolour in Painting class today. I did some work in watercolour last year but it is not my favourite medium, so I will have to wait and see how using it goes under a different instructor.
We started just playing with one colour and seeing what we could do with it…
This involved using pure colour and then adding more and more water to see the effect we could create. Adding wet on wet, wet on dry and other ways to just play with the colour.
Then, we tried several colours, playing with the paint and just getting a feel for using it…
Mixing colours, laying colour over colour and seeing what happens.
After a break, we then worked with a still life set up by the teacher.
This was interesting. The colours aren’t quite right here as the lighting under which I took the photo wasn’t ideal. I left most of the page white and just added in the abstract shapes of the shadows to create the drapery. It was a good exercise. I preferred it to painting gum trees, which I did a lot of last year.
As I said, I’ll see how it goes over the next few weeks and see if I come to like watercolour.