Loose and Liquid

Last week’s Life Book lesson was a mash-up between Tamara Laporte and Jane Davenport.  While I potentially had the option to work in collaboration with someone else, the reality was that none of my kids were up for the commitment required.  My option then was to work on creating two figures and getting them to cohere.  The other component of the lesson, however, was to both draw and paint in watercolour in a really loose and uninhibited way.  I found, however, that as soon as I started working on a composition involving two figures I went too tight.  I, therefore, gave up on that whole idea and concentrated on one figure and that allowed me to actually focus on the technique.

I drew directly onto the paper with ink, no sketching out in pencil first, not even mapping out proportions or angles, just straight on there with ink.  I am reasonably confident doing that with some subjects but I felt a little intimidated about doing it for this piece.  I do, however, really like the energy of the sketchy lines that resulted from my scribbling and hesitation.  I then applied watercolour to the drawing keeping the paint really very liquidy and allowing it to pool and dribble all over the place.  I used a number 12 brush because I knew that a larger brush would force me to stay looser.

While I don’t think the finished piece is much cop, I am pleased with the outcome in terms of not allowing myself to be overly  inhibited by sketching right away in pen or by working with really sloppy paint.  Basically I was able to embrace the loss of control.

Week 35 - Loose Watercolour

10 thoughts on “Loose and Liquid

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  2. I find myself oft in the position to need, or desire to learn to be loose. It’s important and not always easy, specially for someone like me coming from a technical background. But your work encourage me to try more, and try again, and….
    thanks, robert

    • What a lovely comment, Robert. Thank you. I’m a control freak and much more of an illustrator than a painter, more confident with ink drawing than other media, so working loosely and intuitively is a real challenge for me. I seem to take steps forwards and backwards with it.

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