Day 240: Brush Handling Exercises

Experimental Brushstrokes (Watercolour)

Experimental Brushstrokes (Watercolour)

I’ve been following some watercolour exercises today, experiments designed to practice the way I hold my brush to create different strokes and textures. The exercises are courtesy of Jean Haines’ latest book: “Atmospheric Watercolours” which I received yesterday for my birthday. I’ve owned the accompanying DVD for some time and find it inspirational, but I was very surprised to discover how much more there is packed into the book.

So, this was fun… the emphasis was absolutely not on the colours, and I went a bit mad – the sky looks very stormy! I also overdid the water in the trees, but after all, that’s what practice and exercises are for: to experiment and learn. I’ve been hanging out for some structured workouts like the ones she offers and I’m going to enjoy working through them – and when I try this again I’m hoping the results will show an improvement :-).