About 70% of Planet Earth is covered by oceans, including the Pacific Ocean which the Chinese may want to own after they claim the Philippines. That’s a lot of waters and their usage never seems to run out like flooding a nation’s capital city or giving someone a headache with colors.
Okay, I love watercolors! They don’t. I love those lovely water-colorists (especially that one in Hanoi). But they don’t even know me. I love the effects they create. But I don’t know to capture ’em . And I’m starting to think this medium doesn’t like me. 😦
After months of inconsistent practice, watercolors are still a mystery to me, it’s as if they have a mind of their own. The problems start with water and ends with water. In watercolors you not only have to deal with choosing colors, you have to choose the right amount of water. When you paint, you not only have to worry about your strokes but also the waters flowing around… messing around. And the wet finish products most of the time doesn’t come close at all to the idea I have in my mind. Believe me the ramblings runs a long list.
Save for the last one below, I’m much better with pencils (especially when inspired). It’s a rough sketch done in record time. It’s the last page of my 35 page sketch pad so kudos to me for dispatching my first setter of documented nonsense!
So the final verdict is that watercolours are hard to me, and pencils are not so hard. But it doesn’t mean I’m giving up studying the we medium. I actually love playing with watercolours; they are relaxing and something I’m really fond of. I love the feeling of discovering something not related to numbers and financial policies. It’s something I’m willing to learn and start from scratch down to the very basics of it.
I can only pray that somebody watercolors will listen to daddy Pencilhands.
Credit: top photo taken from: http://blog.pinklockersociety.org/2009/07/trouble-with-friends-for-alicia.html