Friday, March 3, 2017
Fumbling Towards Watercolor Ecstasy
For starters, I am enrolled in a continuing education class at PAFA taught by renowned watercolorist James Toogood-- whose last name speaks for itself. So far, I've been learning remarkable things about watercolor (like grisaille underpaintings can be achieved for example)-- unexpected treasures from a medium deemed "too difficult" or "not sophisticated enough" in varied art circles.
Watercolor on wood is beautiful. Thoughtfully engaging transparencies over the natural grain integrity makes for a more intriguing composition. Artist Audrey Kawasaki is well known for her sultry oil and ink paintings that show hints of the wood grain and notable degrees of light layering. Thus, I was invested in using her as another teacher next to Mr. Toogood.
I found reasonably priced fine wood panels at Artist & Craftsman. I also bought vegan friendly watercolors (brands like Windsor & Newton & Holbein have plentiful animal free colors) and synthetic brushes. Plus a classmate mentioned a great alternative to the sable brush. She, a vegetarian, too is against animal products in art making practice.