Saturday, March 17, 2012

Watercolour Addict

Ruth Elizabeth Hayes

paintings in watercolour and acrylic

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'Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
- P. Picasso
Summer Maiden     watercolour

Watercolour Addict
I didn't plan to fall in love. Oil painting was my first love and then there were pastels.
Was watercolour really a serious medium? I was informed that properly preserved and painted on archival paper it is as durable and permanent as anything painted on canvas.
Historically watercolours are often associated with the sketches or studies for larger works. That has fortunately changed in the last century.
   However I seem to have fallen in love with what the paint and the water do on their own. It is an invitation for my child to play, pour, splash and run colour into colour and imagine what will happen. Spontaneous surprises and accidents lead to new discoveries. Can any other medium compare to the transparent luminosity?  My control issues do come up as well as life's big questions. Do I go with the flow or stick with a plan. There are as many approaches as there are humans. My approach seems to be "enjoy the journey".

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