Finding your own style when workING With watercolour Paints takes lots of time, experimentation, Patience and practice.
One of my early attempts from my twenties of a small country church.
Sadly this church was burned by vandals and is now a ruin, so I am glad that I painted this back in 1978 as a record of it’s former glory. A pen and wash watercolour. (I now realise that the tree base on the left should have been further back and the Scots pine trees would have been better moved and the “finger” left out from poking over the roof!) All good learning for future composition.
I remember at school that the paints we were given to use were not of the quality that student and professional paints offer. They were always very thick even when diluted, lacked transparency and vibrancy. This lead to rather stiff, dull and over-worked pictures and illustrations. I did however paint a still life of some fruit in a bowl on a piece of folded material that was entered into an exhibition, so some finesse may have been there!
I have now come to realise after some experimentation that working with watercolours can be great fun. The good quality paints and specialist watercolour papers help to create some interesting hues and vibrancy when mixed properly.