I love working in oils. The buttery feel and easy blending of colors is inspiring and mistakes are easier to correct. But I've been reevaluating my living space and what works best for my lifestyle, so I'm beginning to dabble in other mediums. Living in a tiny space and accumulating large bulky canvases can be a challenge.
I have always loved the look of watercolors and the beautiful melding of hues. I took the plunge and signed up for a two day workshop with acclaimed watercolorist Keiko Tanabe. I had a great experience and learned so much, though my finished products may not show my newfound knowledge. I learned that having good paper makes a huge difference. I tried a few small watercolors in the past, on cheap paper, and became very frustrated with the result. Using good Arches paper showed me how much better the water soaks in and gives you the ability to layer colors. I love the wet on wet look and the paper made that possible. I learned I need to practice drawing perspective, as both days of class focused on city scenes and drawing buildings. I learned I really enjoy watercolors!
I will continue to explore this medium and take my watercolor travel sketch box out every chance I can to capture the beautiful places I visit. I can see lots of sketches coming soon when I visit Mammoth in a few weeks!