Dear friends of the classical watercolor, in loose sequence and corresponding demand, I would like to pass on my personal experiences of the last years with the medium. This series of tips and tricks, I pass on to “seekers”, hoping to be able to solve often only apparent “problems” that I had to crack in the early years itself enough.
As I have said many times before, it is for my person’s concern and endeavor to give watercolor painting the highest priority. It was, is and remains for me the supreme discipline of painting. For this reason, I present in principle all motives photorealistic or Illustratorisch exactly dar. So I want to show what this medium has to offer in comparison to acrylic or oil, in technical subtleties and finesse, if one tries. One only has to apply it and develop no fear of alarm. A will and a little stamina, however, are indispensable. No pain no gain.
It is a pity that the watercolor, for whatever reason, has degenerated in the past decades to pure sketch painting or lubrication. This boom was probably triggered by J. W. Turner (Link to Wikipedial: J. W. Turner) with his late works. Strange that one did not mention the health background, on the contrary suddenly a new style direction was created where “precision” and naturalness were no longer in demand.
The drawback continues to this day, in which the beginner no longer observes nature exactly, so he uses perfectly his camera and various programs for optical processing, but immediately slides into the abstraction.
This is exactly the problem of the beginner. How can I portray something that I have never exactly visualized and tried to implement it as perfectly as possible. I can no longer hear the quacking about modern painting. As a rule, only a trivial excuse to conceal their own inability, which is sprinkled with zeal in various courses and also at the community colleges in the country among the people. It does not mean that occasionally works that are formally and color well designed, would not appeal to me – on the contrary, but it stands for me no “skill” behind it.
It is well known that art derives from the word stem ability, but this aspect seems to have been spilled. Whole hordes of inexperienced school classes are dragged into Picasso exhibitions to experience real art. Yet, these art teachers have forgotten that a certain Pablo Picasso was an excellent draftsman and painter with a fantastic basic education before he plunged into the big business of “art” through clever gallerists.
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“Please, not another lesson!”, You will rightly say. The experiences and inquiries of the last ten years show me, however, that among the followers of the painting guild in the field of classical watercolor seems to exist “needs”.
Many mails refer to questions around the topic. How to build a picture advantageous? What do you use for paper? Which colors are the best on the market? Why are my colors so dull? Which brush should I buy? What is good literature? Where can I attend a good course? How do you best frame a picture?