Watercolour painting: From catastrophe to harmony

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Watercolour is not so unforgiving as one might think .
During the course of creating a watercolour painting it is actually possible to change your mind and drastically transform large areas of the painting to create an entirely different mood than the originally envisioned.
Here visual artist Elizabeth Tyler shows how she started off with a watercolour project inspired by a swan she saw in a Copenhagen canal surrounded by buildings. The buildings reflected in the water creating multicoloured patterns around the swan.
After sketching and masking, wetting and painting, adding more and more colour she realized that it was definitely not going to work. The multicoloured water looked more like an oil pollution catastrophe than anything else and the colours were too strong and dominant.
She decided to turn the colourful waters of the city canal into the shallow transparent waters of a peaceful lake.
See the whole video here:
http://www.mindbites.com/lesson/7151-watercolour-painting-from-catastrophe-to-harmony

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