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Watercolor in the Rain

By June 18, 2011

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I was out with my watercolor set at a location* new to me, looking from a small bay across a stretch of sea to a mountain range. Idyllic spot, oodles of potential compositions, moody earth colors. Only one problem, the persistent drizzle.

So what did I do? I determinedly did a painting anyway. I decided that if you're painting on location and it starts to drizzle, you could:

(a) Pack up and go home. (Frustrating if you've only just got there or are really enjoying painting.)

(b) Open an umbrella and sit under it. (Not feasible if it's windy, which is usually is where I live.)

(c) Let the raindrops become part of the painting. (Which has the added lesson of teaching you not to be so precious about a piece.)

I did another painting from the car, but looking at both back home later I decided I far preferred the wet-on-wet rainy one to the wet-on-dry one. The rain drops spread out the paint, creating lighter tones in places and mixing in others. Very apt for the scene. I'm definitely going to have to play with spattering with water, not just paint.

See Also:
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* At Elgol on the Isle of Skye, looking towards the Cuillan.
Image 2011 Marion Boddy-Evans. Licensed to About.com, Inc.


June 19, 2011 at 7:36 am
(1) Margie says:

Love this story! Instead of giving up, you persevered and let the rain add its own beauty to your painting. You are a true artist.

June 19, 2011 at 9:54 am
(2) Marion BE says:

Thanks Margie! I do want to back another day when it’s sunny, because it’s a beautiful location and it’ll be lovely to see the colours the sunshine brings out in the landscape.

June 19, 2011 at 10:59 am
(3) John Quinlan says:

Looking good. You have some great places around. Wish I could do that kind of thing. I have only a few choices where I live so I have to use photos mostly. That sounds like the kind of adventure I would enjoy.

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