So a little glum after yesterday I’m on a different tack. After investing 10 dollars on the Kindle version of Charles’ Reid’s ‘Painting Flowers in Watercolor’ I tried some of the exercises. Charles Reid has a very distinctive watercolor style which doesn’t rely on building up washes and uses a lot of barely mixed pigments which are allowed to mix on the paper. This, combined with contour drawing (and admittedly a large dollop of talent) results in a very lively painting style that I think people might call spontaneous.
Whatever people may call it the paintings are extremely beautiful.
So – fresh strong paint, no washes, minimal mixing – whatever he suggests must do me some good yes?
After a few pages of brush stroke exercises the results weren’t much to write home about. I do have to say though he gives very detailed instructions for the exercises so no blame there. Instructions include how to hold the brush, how much water to put on the brush and even where on the brush to put the paint (from the tip to 1/3 of the way up the bristles if you must know).
Did it help? Well – here’s the end result.