When I paint, I want to fight the paper. Bite it, scratch it, hack into the layers. I want to build the image and gouge holes in it. Cover the image with another and another.
Somehow, I don’t think watercolour is really my medium.
I enjoy the watercolours of other bloggers. Looking at their skilled work, I think you have to have to be kind to your medium, offer the paper understanding, respect the areas that should remain untouched, build the experience layer by glorious layer.
I took up watercolour so I could carry a field kit and paint outdoors not because I had any instinct for the medium.
In this series, I have drawn into each pocket sized rectangle with soluble graphite and crayons moistened with drizzle and drifting snow.
I have subsequently worked into each image first in watercolour and then with knife, water and a hard rubber, tearing the surface to create texture and claw back the whiteness beneath.
In one or two places the cratered paper was holed.