I painted this dish twice for this post. A very difficult object to paint. I think I will have to do some more paintings of it.
I have noticed that when my four-year-old paints with watercolour, she uses a lot of paint and very little water and makes absolutely gorgeous vibrant paintings. I am taking my cue from her a bit with trying to use more paint and less water. Who says watercolours need to be wishy-washy anyway. I’ve also been reading up on some of the history of watercolour painting and have been a bit surprised by all the big-name artists who also did watercolours. It’s changing my whole prejudice against the medium. The first two paintings that I saw that really tweaked my interest were in a book that a co-worker gave me. The first painting was one by Winslow Homer and the second was one by John Singer Sargent. I was struck by the rich colours of the Homer one and by how differently Sargent used the medium, ending up with a sketch that looks so completely like his painting style. It seems that the deeper and deeper I get into watercolour painting, the more I like it and see it as a “serious” medium.