Now that my ceramics classes have closed for the summer, I'm spending a lot of time painting watercolours. With so much on the news lately to commemorate WW2, I've created 'Lest we forget'
- a watercolour of the best known symbol of war remembrance, red poppies. This will be exhibited for the first time in the Pinner Arts Week at West House, Pinner Memorial Park from Friday 26th September - for one week.
As reference, I used some poppies from the garden to get the flower's fragile 'feel' as well as an image from The Sunday Times that suggested movement in the breeze.
STRETCHING WATER COLOUR PAPER.
After some earlier struggles with watercolour paper buckling after applying wet colour washes, I have mastered the stretching technique to keep it flat.
There are various clips on YouTube which makes the process appear complicated, and I tried some of them - useless and worse. And yet, it's really so easy!
I'll post the technique very soon as a separate post, with thanks to Madeleine Brennan of the Harrow Art Society who passed on her technique to me and others. Maybe I'll also post it to YouTube as a 'fail safe' method.