The first step in the artistic journey is to develop a high degree of ability and skill in your media of choice. Learn how to use the brushes, mix colors and apply the paint to the paper. Get comfortable with the actual act of painting - practice, practice, practice.
The second stage is to start to looking more closely at the visual structure of the subject you are painting. How is it formed, what color is it and what values need to be used to replicate it on paper.?What makes that particular subject visually exciting and intriguing?
The third stage of your creative development is to decide how to help the viewer experience that particular visual and emotional moment that you want to capture in your art. Use creative colors for your subject, exaggerate certain visual properties like texture and shape. Develop an exciting composition by using a value pattern that leads the eye of the viewer through the painting. Be bold, play, explore and experiment!
This every evolving artistic process is a very personal one and lasts a lifetime. The creative possibilities are endless and help motivate the artist to continue learning from each and every painting experience that they have.
We are definitely past true winter weather but we have been having unseasonably cold temperatures for the month of April. Here are two watercolor batiks of winter scenes that I worked on over the Christmas holidays and am just now getting around to posting.
Watercolor batik is similar to the age old fabric batik process but painted on fibrous rice paper instead of cloth. Melted wax is applied to the areas that I want to stay white and then I start painting in the lighter colors of the composition. The wax is then used to protect these lighter areas and the process of painting and waxing is repeated until the entire piece is covered. The wax is them ironed off and the final result is always a unique and creative piece of art.
The famous french artist Edgar Degas was regarded as one of the founders of impressionism. He felt that a 'painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness and some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people.'
When painting with watercolor you can take advantage of applying color to wet paper to create soft, dreamy shapes for that sense of mystery. You can also limit your use of hard edges when you come back into the painting and start defining your shapes. Painting on rice paper also allows for less control and more vagueness in your final piece.