Maybe you recognize this? You love painting watercolors and see such a nice subject!
You paint the scene and love what you just created. Then you look at it for a while and it ends up in a box, after 10 years you search for something else and find your piece of art again!
It’s absolutely disappointing what you just found, you remember painting it and we’re proud on it, how can it be.. its looking so worse this time. Well for a start we didn’t have Facebook, twitter or blogs ten year ago. We did have watercolor forums, websites like Wetcanvas, but on a much smaller scale. And ideal for amateur painters. There were specialists in landscapes, and other amateur painters that knew a bit more about sea and marine related things. They were specialist because they painted a few years longer than yourself. They would help you with small tips, so you knew a bit more after this watercolour. The distance between your painting ability and theirs wasn’t so big.
When you started with watercolour it didn’t took long to be a painter in the middle class on the forum. people became enthusiastic about your new watercolour cause the forum was the only place where you looked.
Of Course we did have Ron Ranson and David Bellamy in that time, but they were in a book! no doubt about it, when you are in a book you are better!
Now we have Facebook, the comparison is huge! To become a middle class painter is almost impossible, when you are one, you are compared with the top class painters, because they make better work.
You almost get the feeling (I never can make watercolours properly.)
People don’t want to paint like the middle class, they want reach the same level as the top. Impossible in many cases!
If you compare it to football how many of us will be the new Messi or Cruijff?
Its nice to have contact with artists you saw before only in galleries or books, but don’t forget they are very talented people. If you aiming for that you could be ended up frustrating because your watercolor skills let you down.
Painting should be fun, you have to have fun in what you do, and there will be always a better painter then you.
My teacher said once, the bird in the tree doesnt care if you like his song, he just sing cause he liked to!
Back to my painting, I saw it and thought, it was a nice spot, I still have it in my head.
So lets try how I wanted to look back then.
Also an advantage we have as a painter, because we drawing the scene and then paint it. We stand in front of our subject a longer period of time, and we notice all sorts of things and see all sorts of things! So we remember a scene much better.
So I didn’t even bother to look for a photo, I am sure I have one between the other trillion digitals on my Terabyte Hard disks! So I used just the old watercolour and my memory how it looked.
I am happier with my new one in comparison to the old one.
There is room for improvement, but that will take a few years I know now!
Maybe I should look for a nice forum?
Tell me what do you think?
Paper: Quarter sheet Millford from St Cuthberts Mill 140 Lb
Colours: Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Blue, Raw Sienna, Lemon Yellow.
Brushes: I used a few..