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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

More on watercolor pouring

Yesterday's class continued to work on their pieces from last week, when they did masking and pouring for the first time. Some really nice things came out of the lessons. First of all, there was far more transparency in the backgrounds. I think some of them realized for the first time that they could have beautiful backgrounds if they just let the paint flow, instead of brushing it over and over until it gets muddy and streaky. I have to hand it to them. They persevered, even though they felt out of control throughout the beginning of the process. It really doesn't matter if they never pour again. They learned more about masking, and what is more important, about how beautiful transparent watercolor is when you let the paint do what it does best--just flow. That's it--"go with the flow."

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