Watercolour… abstracting the landscape with intense colour


I have been so enjoying my landscape abstractions that I based last night’s watercolour class on this. It is hard to believe we have the same starting point when we do a common activity, using the same stimulus image. This is because I encourage the use of that image only as a “getting started” thing. Once the watercolour starts to be applied participants are told to go with the flow but think about balance, lost and found edges and timing of each stroke. So many things make a difference with watercolour. All these paintings are fresh, not overworked and we were all happy with the strength of the paintings using intense watercolour for impact. This exaggeration of colour adds to the sense of abstraction rather than an appearance close to realism.DSCF4623

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watercolour landscape abstraction

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2 comments on “Watercolour… abstracting the landscape with intense colour

  1. kestrelart says:

    When Mars becomes fertile …

  2. Very clever “kestrlart” …. love it! Will let my students know of your quirky naming.

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