As I’ve mentioned I’m working my way through and excellent book by Nita Engle on experimental watercolour techniques. I love the effects she gets. My one reservation is her extensive use of masking fluid. I dislike using it because it ruins brushes, leaves very hard edges and it limits the painting to what was drawn and masked out. It precludes the ability to go with what’s happening on the paper and restricts you to that original vision. I guess I’m just not a fan. Anyway I wanted to see if I could capture a similar sense of light without any masking. This image is the result. What I enjoyed about it was pushing that first overall wash as far as I could before I let it dry. This was basically finished the first time by monitoring the wetness of the paper and adding darker, sharper edged shapes as the paper dried. I’m not sure about the hard edged lighter reflection in the water. I really liked it at first but now I’m still deciding.
4″ X 9″