Today I felt like just playing about with trying to get some practice in wet on wet colour mixing – it creates very abstract results, but although in one sense all you do is splosh on some water and then splosh on some watercolour paint on top, in another sense I actually found it much harder to get looking ‘right’ than I’d thought – once let loose on the page free-flowing watercolour paint seems to have a mind of its own!
If it’s too wet, or if you re-touch or work it too much afterwards with the brush, you seem to get a muddy mix of brown instead of a lovely melting-rainbow effect. But if it’s too dry, you don’t achieve the soft-edged colour blending I like so much… aarrgghh…! I’m not sure that this particular technique is quite for me – I can tend to be a bit of a control freak about things, and this whole deliberately going-with-the-flow exercise simply felt too uncontrolled for my liking.
But it also may be that it’s a technique that proves very useful once I know how to do it properly, and with confidence. And to be able to do it properly, I need to practice, and practice, and then practice some more. So painting-wise for now I think I’ll keep on experimenting with whatever I feel like trying my hand at whenever the mood takes me – because if I’m going to paint just for fun, first and foremost I need to be having fun… 🙂