Before I left Perth to move to the country, around 14 years ago, I bought some watercolours, brushes and a pad of watercolour paper , with the expectation that I might start doing some plein air watercolour paintings.
It never happened.
Since buying them, the paint tubes have remained unopened.
I recently discovered the Youtube channel of British watercolour artist Tim Wilmot, where he methodically demonstrates his approach to loose, semi-abstracted representational painting. It’s a style of watercolour I have always liked and his demonstrations make it look possible.
So, with my new-found enthusiasm for watercolour, I dug out an old plein air oil painting – which has it fair share of issues – and decided to repaint it in watercolour while fixing some of those issues along the way.
In the hope it wouldn’t be complete disaster, I also decided to video my progress. And since it wasn’t a complete disaster, I edited the video and uploaded it to Youtube.
I hope, soon, to do an updated studio oil version of the original plein air painting. It will be interesting to compare the results.