Working on practical demonstrations, explaining essential watercolour techniques, using “Zen Art Supplies” brushes.
Hope to share with you soon the results of these challenging for me (especially from technical point of view), but exiting experiments.
See you soon!
Dali Lama once said, that successful meditation did not require anything special.
The place did not matter.
The equipment was irrelevant.
Whether one was to find a quiet space was not of concern.
All that was required for effective meditation, he said, was the willingness to take a few moments to focus as best you could on the task.
I’d say, that these words are perfectly suitable to painting.
Of course, beautiful surroundings and comfortable studio could be very helpful, but what is really important is to take time, concentrate on your art and practice.
Don’t be focused on perfection, work for progress in small daily steps. Breath, smile and enjoy!
Painting is a kind of meditation 😊🎨🧘🏻♀️❤️
A Watercolor Painting isn’t really done until it’s framed.
The proper matting and frame can preserve and protect a watercolor and show off it in a best way.
Every frame should be handsome by itself, but remain as a complementary backdrop to the painting.
When it’s possible, it’s always a good idea to order a custom frame made by the artisan framer.
The one from my photo is done by Ciro Scala “Scala” in Torre del Greco (Via Nazionale 32-Torre del Greco- NA) but you should seek out the best framer close to your home.
The mat that goes around your watercolor should be white, cream white, or a very light, neutral colour, such as beige or light gray.
The frame should be simple or non-distracting from the painting.
The width of the frame should be different than the width of the mat and well balanced ( here an expert framer’s advice will be very helpful).
As most watercolors are done on paper, they must be framed under glass. It’s the reason the paintings are usually shipped unframed, without heavy and fragile frames.
I’d advice plexiglas frames because the plastic can damage the art over a long period of time.
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Working in Watercolor involves using a lot of water. If you put a fair amount of water on a light weight (less than 140 lb/ 300 gsm) sheet of paper, you will see it start to curl.
Heavy paper can absorb more water and doesn’t need stretching.
Heavy paper can be very expensive, but in my opinion is always preferable.
After experiencing different types of paper, I stopped my choice on Arches Watercolor Paper.
Arches Aquarelle: the paper chosen by professional artists since 1492. This heavy weight paper (I’m using 650 gsm weight) is made of pure cotton according to the ancient technique and characterised by a natural grain. This process makes paper more stable, which deforms very little when wet, thanks to a better distribution of the long cotton fibers.
This paper is also great because of very high resistance to scraping and an exceptional color rendering.
I’m using large wooden board (several inches larger than the paper) and fix the paper on the board using the paper scotch tape.
Some artists are used to staples, but I’d avoid destroying painting surface with holes.
When the painting is finished and it’s completely dry, I remove the tape, leaving nice white boarders.
Hope to be helpful!
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How do you decide what makes a good subject for a painting? You can rely on tried and tested themes, the timeless repertoire that historically makes good pictures: the bowl of fruit, the vase of flowers, the nude or classic postcard view.
But what about other ideas?
Much around us, the details and small corners, the events that move us emotionally – these too are visually interesting, but not always immediately obvious to us as inspirational subjects for paintings.
Learning to see, learning to feel ‘… the artist has only to trust his eyes.’ Rodin
Most people probably accept there is nothing the artist cannot paint, but, even knowing this, still find it difficult to pick out from the view in front of them the inspiration for a good painting.
One of my favorite Watercolor Artists Mary Whyte teaching her students that they have to identify what they are feeling in order to paint, that the quality of their production is not primarily about technique or copying.
As artists, we paint from our hearts as well as our heads.
As Mary saying: “Painting is not just about matching a tube of paint to the object. They should be recording what the summer sky feels like, or with a cuff of lace, what really matters is how it momentarily gathers and falls around the sitter’s delicate pale wrist, its lithe stillness matching hers. And that, in a moment, the sitter and her lace cuff will rise from the chair and, like a fleeting cloud, disappear.”
Truly learning to paint then becomes, in large part, a matter of learning how to see. This means we must become masters at observing and feeling the world around us before we can begin to express it on an easel.
It also becomes a matter of knowing ourselves.
Everything that we paint is in some way who we are.
Each of us is given the same set of colors with which to compose our lives, certain themes continually creep into our work.
With time, our creations become less like those of another’s.
It doesn’t matter in painting if there is no real life. The only reality is the painting itself!
No thing by itself is beautiful. All things change their appearance according to our point of view.
Objects are beautiful, or not, depending on our response to them. Just as a falling tree in the woods needs someone to hear it in order for it to make a sound, a vision needs reaction in order for it to be noteworthy.
Our true aim as artists should be to nurture the sensitive quality and appreciative imagination that we once had as children. As we grow up, society suppresses much of creativity as fanciful or wasteful. We spend most of our lives attempting to act like mature adults, and then wonder why our lives seem empty. Where did all the fun go?
When we are truly engaged in the experience of living and are not concerned with worldly expectations, the fruit of an artistic expression is inevitable.
It will happen in spite of ourselves.
Trust your feelings and emotions!
I’m wishing you to discover your personal journey and invite you to visit my Etsy gallery https://etsy.com/shop/AnnaGArte
Further advisable reading – “An Artist’s Way of Seeing” book by Mary Whyte
“That’s all any of us are: amateurs. We don’t live long enough to be anything else.”
– Charlie Chaplin
We’re all terrified of being revealed as amateurs, but in fact, today it is the amateur—the enthusiast who pursues her work in the spirit of love (in French, the word means “lover”), regardless of the potential for fame, money, or career—who often has the advantage over the professional.
Because they have little to lose, amateurs are willing to try anything and share the results. They take chances, experiment, and follow their whims. Sometimes, in the process of doing things in an unprofessional way, they make new discoveries.
“In the beginner’s mind, there are many possibilities,” said Zen monk Shunryu Suzuki. “In the expert’s mind, there are few.”
Amateurs are not afraid to make mistakes or look ridiculous in public. They’re in love, so they don’t hesitate to do work that others think of as silly or just plain stupid.
The real gap is between doing nothing and doing something. Amateurs know that contributing something is better than contributing nothing.
Inspired by “Show your Work!” Book by Austin Kleon
A man paints with his brain and not with his hands.
Having the right materials will enable you to say what you want in Watercolor painting.
The large brush is useful to paint background washes, while the small one is necessary to paint the details of the face and hair.