Watercolor Painting, Part 1: Wet and Spontaneous (1987)

Genres - Leisure Arts, Visual Arts  |   Sub-Genres - Graphic & Applied Arts, Hobbies & Games  |   Run Time - 55 min.  |   Countries - United States  |  
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Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter

The medium of watercolor painting is an art form with a technical difficulty that is seldom understood by anyone who has not tried it. Watercolors demand a brave heart and a steady hand; unlike oil painting, once watercolor paint hits the paper, there is no second chance. The artist must learn to work with what is there in the translucent surface, rather than trying to modify it by painting over it. Artist and teacher Judy Howard shares her expertise on watercolor techniques while suggesting ways to cultivate the spontaneity required to master the medium. She shows how to run a wash, and to look for inspiration in the forms that appear in the alchemical process that the combination of water, paint, and paper produce.



art-instruction, painting, watercolors