Watercolors are among the most unforgiving of media.  An oil can be scraped and thickly reworked with no indication of a problem.  Watercolors require more planning and careful protection of white spaces.

The image above is my favorite watercolor and used as my twitter avatar.  The fun part of watercolor is the playful aspect of the medium. It can be sprayed and blotched.  I masked the flowers and played with the wash, using salt and alcohol to create interesting affects in the background.  I call the composition “Dancing Daisies” and like best the carefree element.

I love the Jeanne Carbonetti “Tao of Watercolor” books. That’s where I really learned the playful side of painting and didn’t try to force watercolors into the oil painting mode.  I’m planning a composition of the forest, again with bright colors.  It seems I get so busy, but it’s important to take time to play and for me that’s what art is.


About jeanetteraleigh

Jeanette Raleigh is an artist and author who has spent most of her life at some creative pursuit. Whether painting a castle or writing a novel, Jeanette enjoys the playful aspects of creation and strives to make worlds where others feel at home. You can find her works of art and information about her fiction at www.jeanetteraleigh.com.
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