Water and pigment flow over the paper surface and I am in awe. Watercolor is simple and yet complex. The pigment and water combinations are endless. No other media matches the nuances and effects of watercolor. A painting is a dance between controlled anticipated marks and random surprises. When the dance goes well, when pigment and water flow just right, the painting seems to come to life.
Watercolor painting is a constant source of new discoveries. Adding a textured base to portions of landscape paintings on Yupo or plate Bristol paper allows the paint to run into the gullies. This experimentation creates unanticipated pools of vibrant color. The contrast in the painting between the textured and smooth surfaces is beautiful to view.