By WR Jones
Who came up with the idea to use this torturous medium. The damn runny stuff. Really only good for drinking and taking a shower with. Lately I’ve had the desire to do some birds in watercolor. Why? Because I saw the work of this man http://www.barryvandusen.com/ His paintings seem so elegant but simple and direct.
So I tried it this weekend. I haven’t painted in watercolor since finding out how much easier it is to correct in oil painting, and correct, and correct, and correct, until finally you decide to move on. Not so with watercolor – you dick it up quickly and it can’t be saved by a team.
As I remembered watercolor was not so messy as oil and you didn’t need to clean up. I didn’t feel the need to put on old clothes. Of course then I got red paint on the sleeve of a good shirt. The wife pointed it out and asked if some woman had put her lips on my arm. She was suspicious for a moment then came to her senses. What woman in her right mind would want anything to do with an old man who knits and paints with watercolor?
I went to the laundry room and with the shirt still on sprayed what I thought was pre wash stain remover; turned out to be a bottle of bleach. Man, does that stuff ever create a white area in a hurry. The question this little incident brings to mind: is there a limit to the number of absolutely stupid, mindless, idiot screwups a man can make in one lifetime?
I was drybrushing this boy, and we will refer to him as the generic boy because, as usual I can’t remember his name. Drybrush is not for us with ADD. Before I can complete a piece I have decided I would like to build a model railroad instead. Before I can get started on the railroad project I think I should try my hand at gardening; before that gets going it is nap time.
But there are those that can do amazing work with watercolor. And when done right it can be so much more luminous than oil. Here are a couple of painters in the runny stuff whose work I admire:
I will show my bird paintings if I’m ever even semi successful at one. So far I’ve just been ruining drawings.