I think boats, a subject I didn't imagine I would tackle again for a long time, lend themselves particularly well to watercolour. Is it their watery nature, or the delicacy of their lines?
Either way that is what I chose to paint.
But first when I'm using watercolour I like to have a solid drawing.
|Boat Sketch. Mary Kemp|
See my post How to Stretch a Sheet of Watercolour Paper.
Next I painted in the parts I wished to keep white with masking fluid. This particular brand had a lovely set of nozzles so I was able to create thin flowing lines. You can paint it on with a brush but brushes are in danger of being gummed up forever if you're not careful about washing in lots of soapy water.
Drawing with masking fluid
Especially as the next part is by far the most exciting bit.
Putting on the colour.
As a change from tube or pan watercolours I am using Dr. Ph.Martins Hydrous Watercolours.
Oh how scrumptious these colours are! Little bottles of liquid light. I've always found conventional watercolours a bit stodgy so when I discovered these I was in seventh heaven.
In fact I got so carried away with their gorgeous brightness I forgot to take any photos while I was painting this picture.
They flowed beautifully, sometimes they granulated, but they kept a breathtaking clarity of colour and also could take a was put swiftly over once they were dry.
Here is the picture nearly finished.
Small Fishing Boats
I only had to take the masking fluid off by rubbing it with a finger and then it was done.
How much less mess than an oil painting!