A new technical term I learned today from fellow artist Ellen Hopkins Fountain. If you’re a watercolorist you will not need a definition. For everyone else, painterbation occurs when you get the smallest brush you own, use lots of different pigments and then repeatedly poke at your paper until it turns into a muddy, overworked mess.
On the topic of brushstrokes…
I recently took a workshop at View in Old Forge with artist Chris Krupinski, who’s work is very detailed, precise and beautiful. For full sheets of watercolor paper (30 x 22” – big), the largest brush she uses is about a size 8 (which for non artists, is fantastically small. This goes against what almost every other artist ever advises.
Here’s the work I created in her workshop, using the technique of dry brush followed by tons of glazes.
Most of the little sketches I’ve posted on my blog from Wiawaka are quicker, larger brush, wet-in-wet works that I can do fairly quickly in plein air. But the birdbath painting (I posted the drawing yesterday), I decided to use Chris’s technique. So one day to draw; one day to get as far as you see below, which is the start of the dry brush underpainting. Unlikely that I’ll finish this painting this week… but I hope to get some glowing color down the road.
It’s great fun hanging with a bunch of artists. There are eight artists in residence here at Wiawaka, and we’re all either watercolorists or oil painters; oddly enough, there are no acrylic painters in our group. Lots of different approaches and styles, and some superb painters here. Great camaraderie. I’ll share names and web site addresses tomorrow.