It has been a while since I last painted like a beginner.
It has been a while since I followed what was taught to me over a year ago. After my three-day watercolor crash course last 2013, I continued painting and learning from YouTube videos. I painted and continue to paint once in a while whenever I have sufficient free time. However, since I don’t have a mentor anymore – apart from YouTube – I stopped being patient.
In the crash course, I learned that watercolor painting is a test of patience. I mount the paper, I draw, I wash the parts I want to paint, I dab color, I let the dot of paint fade outwardly, and I wait for it to dry before I start washing the paper again. Adding paint and editing a washed picture means ruining it. It is a process that can take for days.
On YouTube, I watched time lapse videos. Learning was a matter of remembering the techniques when I finally get time to paint myself. I learned to wash the paper, dab a number of colors, turn the paper to let the paint drip, then dab another color wherever. Do I need a drawn guideline? Not really. When do I know it is finished? In two hours tops.
My previous paintings were all practice pieces done half-heartedly. I rarely drew something to paint, like I just wanted to produce something to kill time – but only two hours. When an area was too wet – which always happened – instead of letting it dry, I just dabbed tissue on it so that I could continue immediately. I can never blame time, though.
As an apology, I tried to produce something that is not half-heartedly done. Please accept this apology.
Watercolor painting is not for the OC, said my mentor. It takes patience. Watercolor cannot be controlled easily, so why try? Let the paint move. So I did.
Personally, painting with patience looks like producing traditionally beautiful images; whereas quick painting appeals to contemporary eyes. Nevertheless, to improve, it is important to have a good foundation and to continue to learn and improve the basic. As for me, I will not find free time to paint anymore. Instead, I will dedicate time to paint.