Why 4?

I did paint this black & white version of my “Spring Rain 1” watercolor 4 times in  4 variants last night. You may ask WHY? For several reasons: I was not really happy with the values in the colored watercolor, so I wanted to play around with the values in black & white. And it is always a good practice to concentrate more on my brushwork than the motive – the better I know the motive the better I can concentrate on the pure painting process. But the main reason is that I need these for the 2nd part of my “Rhapsody of Flowing Colors” – because I want to show how they dissolve in water. I have no experience in destroying finsihed watercolors  yet, so I need some material for testing. I´d like to show the evanescence of watercolors. I am pretty excited about starting that next Monday.

Ich habe letzte Nacht 4 Varianten dieser Schwarz-Weiß Version meines Aquarells “Spring Rain1” gemalt. Die Frage WARUM? ist durchaus berechtigt. Aus verschiedenen Gründen: Ich war nicht ganz glücklich mit den Tonwerten bei dem farbigen Aquarell und wollte deshalb  mit den Values in Schwarz-Weiß experimentieren.  Und es ist für mich immer eine gute Übung, um mich mehr auf die reine Pinselei zu konzentrieren als auf das Motiv selbst. Je besser ich das Motiv kenne, um so mehr kann ich mich auf das pure Malen konzentrieren. Aber der Hauptgrund ist, dass ich diese Versuche für den 2.Teil meiner “Rhapsody of Flowing Colors” benötige – weil ich hier gerne zeigen möchte, wie sich die Malerei wieder in Wasser auflöst. Ich habe bisher keine Erfahrung im Zerstören von fertigen Aquarellen, deshalb brauche ich etwas Material zum Testen. Ich möchte damit die Vergänglichkeit von Wasserfarben zeigen. Ich bin schon ziemlich aufgeregt, diese Szenen am kommenden Montag zu drehen.

041_2018 Watercolor / FABRIANO® “Disegno 5” fine, ca. 50 x 35 cm / 19.7 x 13.8 in / Lukas Aquarell 1862
041_2_2018 Watercolor / FABRIANO® “Disegno 5” fine, ca. 50 x 35 cm / 19.7 x 13.8 in / Lukas Aquarell 1862
041_3_2018 Watercolor / FABRIANO® “Disegno 5” fine, ca. 50 x 35 cm / 19.7 x 13.8 in / Lukas Aquarell 1862
041_4_2018 Watercolor / Hahnemühle Anniversary Edition ca.48 x 36 cm / 18.9 x 14.2 in / Lukas Aquarell 1862

9 thoughts on “Why 4?

    1. Oh, I am sorry, Holly. I did post my comment, but not as a reply to your post. So, here is my answer again: It is a pleasure, Holly! 🙂 41 is pure paynesgrey, the following are paynesgrey with a little bit of Ultramarine (41_2) or a little bit of Orange (41_3/41_4)

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      1. I guess, it depends on the paper. My first try with shower and loads of water yesterday did not work as expected. It was far away from “the beauty of evanescence” . At the end I used backing soda to wash it out! LOL! 🙂


  1. Congratulations on your progress. It is amazing and inspiring to see how far your work has developed and how vibrant it is. I enjoy your nearly daily emails and am very impressed at how productive you are. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us!

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind comment, Barkleigh! I made watercoloring to one of my daily routines and I don´t want to miss it anymore. For me the progress seems to go pretty slow – but the process of painting watercolors is something I really love. That makes it pretty easy for me to be productive.


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