Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Roof Tops

I am new to watercolor and find myself wanting to wander into other mediums. Perhaps another medium might feel more natural?

A year ago I had a conversation with my artist friend Sara, who is a phenomenal watercolor artist. She was telling me how she loves water, everything about water. Swimming, bathing, painting, the movement, the freedom etc. At the time I was trying to transition out of chalk and into watercolor. I remember telling her that I don't like water. I do not like to swim or shower. (I do shower though.) I don't like the movement, and it doesn't feel like freedom. It feels uncertain.

I love chalk. I love dirt. I love stability and thickness. I don't want to give up on watercolor, but I keep dreaming about think paint. Acrylic? Gouache? Oil? The possibilities are overwhelming! The nice thing about watercolor is that it is neat and tidy, and my paintings fit in a scanner.

This is an experimental watercolor. I tried rough coldpress paper instead of my normal smooth hotpress. I used gouache around the edges of the buildings just to see what it felt like to paint with (its gray though it looks greenish on the scan.) I was going to paint the entire background with the gouache, but stopped here, not sure what I should do.


  1. I like the white background. Gives the impression of a bright sunny day. The only thing I can think of is to maybe add another building or two on the right side of the skinny tower. My eye sticks in that gap a bit.
    The blotchiness of the roofs gives the painting a gret texture.
    Looks great!

    1. Thanks Jess! You are right. How is your fabulous painting coming along?

  2. I think it looks pretty nice. You should not stop yourself from trying new techniques. You may never know what will turn out to be your next favourite one :)
    I would suggest, if you have time for that, to dedicate 2 weeks or a month for each new technique, try to learn how to use it well so you can be sure that meh, you don't like it. (Easier said than done - I'm pretty sure that I hate using soft pastels because they are so... so everywhere and not where I want them to be, but I have never given them a long enough chance to prove me that I'm wrong :P)
    Oh, and a true story - I HATED using all kinds of paints when I was younger because it was too uncontrollable for my liking. But now people say that I'm THE watercolour artist. I guess some things just need time.

    Good luck with finding your favourite medium :)