Watercolor paintings

To a lesser extent than Chinese painting, watercolour painting is affected by the paper – the thickness, texture, and, most of all, its absorbability of water. All these will have a clear effect on the outcome, as illustrated, for example, in the work of JMW Turner (vide infra, second last section).

Unlike oil and acrylic, which can be covered over by another layer of paint, watercolour is normally quite thin and translucent, making it rather unforgiving whenever a mistake is made. Some of my earlier work shown here was completed in my training class, when I was asked to reproduce the work of established watercolourists. However, I always introduced my own interpretation, to the chagrin of my watercolour teacher!

One of the keys to success in watercolour painting lies in one’s control of water to dilute the paint. Conventionally, watercolour goes with the “Western style of painting”, for example, in the use of light and shadow to reconstruct a three dimensional object on paper (as opposed to using different dilutions of ink and colour to depict depth and perspective in Chinese painting).

All the work shown in this section was produced with watercolour on paper.

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