I was feeling tired last night, so thought I’ll just play around with the paints and try out some of the things I’ve been thinking about lately, like painting without doing a preliminary pencil drawing first; standing while painting to allow wider, looser movements with the whole arm and discouraging fiddling with the paint once it is down on the paper; using the biggest brush I have (not really very large no 12 Rosemary & Co Kolinsky Sable Series 33) to make shapes in as few movements as possible.
Lemons watercolour

Winsor & Newton watercolours on Archers medium watercolour paper (15 x 21 cm)

I’ve been reading watercolour instructional books and studying the beautiful watercolour paintings in the museums and online closely for about two-three years now and it feels like all the information is finally merging together into some sort of better understanding of how to achieve the watercolour style that I like. I would love to have access to a good teacher, who could show me some of the basics quickly and help to speed up the learning process. For now I only have one way to progress – try out what I gleamed from books and online and to practice as much as the available time allows.