Infinity & Beyond

Infinity Invitations
Infinity Invitations © Sarah Vernon @ First Night Design [Zazzle]

I’m very fond of watercolours.  Interestingly, I have heard people disparaging them over the years, almost as if they considered the skill required inferior to that of painting in oils or acrylics and thus making any result worthless.  To me, watercolour can often create a picture much more emotional and evocative than one done in another medium.

I suspect that the number of books teaching you How to Paint Watercolours in 4 Easy Lessons, or some such title, add to the myth that watercolour is easy and doesn’t require any talent or skill.  I find it difficult to paint with watercolour but have occasionally turned out something of note.  Believe me, it’s not as easy as it looks!

Now that a disabling condition, which affects my mobility and dexterity, has impacted on my ability to wield a paintbrush, I have been exploring ways to create the same effect on a computer and I don’t just mean by use of a ‘watercolour’ filter in software such as Photoshop but by playing with layers of photographs and textures, and changing the blend modes as well as softening certain areas with various tools.  It’s a great joy experimenting and that’s how I created Infinity.

If you are interested in learning more about watercolour, whether you are an amateur or professional, I would recommend a book and DVD by the UK artist Jean Haines, Colour and Paint in Water Colour.   A reviewer on Amazon writes: ‘I can honestly say that this book, more than any other I have read (and there have been many), has directly influenced my work and way of thinking. Jean Haines is an Artist whose time is now. She is at the top of her game. You need to study the best. Buy this book.’

Take care and keep laughing!


7 thoughts on “Infinity & Beyond

  1. Excellent post….and I do love the image which has an ethereal feel to it, like a watercolour painting.
    I also recommend Jean Haines to those wishing to learn about watercolour painting. She is superb. Enjoy your weekend.:)

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  2. I use my acrylics AS water colors:) Watercolors are tough because the colors can get muddy, if you play with them (on the paper) and water colors DRY fast.. You can play with oils for a thousand years (okay maybe it doesn’t take THAT long for them to dry…it just SEEMS like it), but watercolors…no time at all. If I had to use oils I would never paint a single thing. I use water color pencils a lot, because I can do it anywhere, and acrylics when I want to do something bigger. But I ALWAYS use them as watercolors.:) Nice post:)

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    1. Thank you, Gigi. It’s good to hear your perspective, especially as I’m always looking for any slight possibility that there might be a tool out there that I can use. Holding pens, pencils and brushes etc is tough but it’s possible if the pressure needed is slight. I like the sound of watercolour pencils and maybe it’s something I could try.


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