I’ve never really tried watercolours, maybe because I’ve always vaguely assumed it would be hard to get beyond corny seascapes. However, this weekend I signed up for a two day watercolour portrait course at the Hutt Art Society. Yesterday was all about colouring in little boxes and getting control of the paint – today was putting into practice what we learned. Now, I can see all the bits I did wrong (argh, those shadows), and I still think watercolour is a weirdly backwards process painting wise, but the weekend was definitely the fun-stretch-your-brain kind of hard work.
Nb: my choice of style may have been somewhat influenced by the “Picture of Dorian Gray” (as read by Stephen Fry) I listened to recently. I will leave it a few days, and then go back and add proper wrinkles and enhance the sneer. If it’s not going to be pretty it should be really not pretty.