Bone Button, pen & ink with watercolor
& gouache highlights, circa 1997
At this point I am ready to change the focus of my painting to seek a greater understanding of the fine art side of this rich and beautiful technique. I have put together a series of painting challenges for myself to study some of the various ways the medium can be used. I have decided that studying textures WITHOUT the base of pen & ink (a crutch to me) would be a great place to start.
I have really enjoyed Cathy Johnson’s book “Creating Textures in Watercolor.” Her style is easy-going and encouraging and I really like her approach to painting. I have begun working through the book with brush in hand in order to experiment with different sorts of textures.
Here are two of my first textural watercolor sketches.
A study of a banana. I didn’t like how I handled the ends
in the larger painting so I re-did them beneath.