This is another painting in my experimental series. It involved a lot of throwing paint at the paper, using the spray bottle, pouring paint etc. I wanted to use any way to get the paint on without using a brush. I actually have a video that I made a year ago on the process I used to create a very similar painting. I’ve had a very positive response to the video and the process. I find that many beginning watercolourists have a lack of confidence in their drawing skills and their ability to use colour creatively. This type of painting relieves the pressure in both areas. They don’t expect themselves to have any control when they’re throwing paint so they naturally tend to loosen up and just enjoy the process.
Then by the time the traditional painting part begins for the trees, grasses, reflections etc they already have an exciting background to work on. I’ve often seen students thrive in the freedom that this kind of painting offers.
This particular image was inspired by a little pond just beside Cameron Lake in Waterton Park.