A BRUSH WITH THE HEART
I am just starting to learn about water color. It has been quite a challenge. Started late November 2020. I never had a lesson on this, but I am very lucky that my college art instructor is still helping me learn as much as I can. It is tough though. We converse through Messinger. I send photos, which aren't very good most of the time. LOL
I feel sorry for him . I think I'm abusing him. It is fun though. I like a challenge.
Thank heavens he clued me in about mixing colors. The colors & mixes are so different from oil paint.
Now the paper quality.... Ha! He said that 140 lb. cold press was what he liked. Now I understand why. I am so thankful he shared that with me. I had an art store in the area that I loved shopping at. Well Covid led to it's closing. So sad! I bought a couple water color pads. Different sizes, Different brands.
Both 140 lb. cold press. Both Rag or Cotton. Well one I struggled with. Thought it was me. Well it probably was, but I noticed that it started coming apart somewhat. Just bits and pieces when I tried to do a wet wash. It was in the beginning of the learning process so I didn't understand all of this. Then I happened to recall that the smaller pad did not do this. Walla!! I started using a better paper. I think anyway. Now I am having fun again.
So if anyone is wanting to try watercolor.... it is possible to learn through books. That is what I did. But I was luckier, I could ask my instructor questions. This sure speeded up the learning. My instructor told me that he learned through this book also. He sure is smarter than me and a lot more patient. He is so good with watercolor. I did try searching on the web a bit, but what I found was not very good. So I do recommend a good book.
Check out Don Dernovich's Website: Dernovich.com
He has a few watercolor paintings on his site. He lost his old site & is still trying to locate all his old photos so the site can be completed. He just completed a couple new paintings. He is a master landscape painter. He is a member of many other art organizations including OPA, NWS. & the AWS.
I just wish I could watch him paint and learn.
Oh well.... if wishes were horses........... as the old saying goes.
Hope you enjoy taking a peak.
In the captions by the photos , I will try to explain what I am learning. I'm hoping it might help someone else.