I never liked my watercolors, even as a child I thought them ugly and rather muddy. I much preferred more opaque mediums that I could control better. During the years we spent on our boat I tried watercolors from time to time and still could not find a method of working them. When I moved ashore I went on a watercolor painting holiday to St. Maarten to learn from an expert and still that didn't help. Finally, after reading an article about how Andrew Wyeth worked his Egg Temperas, I thought I would try the same technique using watercolor, and it was an eye opener. I liked the result, and many small studies of fruits and vegetables followed. I layer the paint using nearly pure pigments trying for optical mixtures that make the paintings strong and clean.
Now that I am doing so many Egg Tempera paintings I don’t find myself working in Watercolor so much any more. I take my watercolors with me on the once-a-year beach weekend with my friends and often do something there that I like. I demonstrate watercolors in my Sampling the Media class, and occasionally get something worth saving. The painting Waiting for a Shell to Roll In is a watercolor worked on specially prepared Watercolor Canvas which is newly available in the art stores, and I bought it by mistake, and love it! On paper, you have very little control of how the watercolor will behave but on the canvas, if it is not going well, you can just rinse it off and start again. Very neat!
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