My family and friends in New England are awfully sick of Winter. I see images on social media of more sleet and snow as I type this, despite a calendar that says Happy Spring! I feel guilty over here in southern California, wearing t-shirts and clipping roses for the studio, so I want to send a little shout of encouragement to everyone in the colder climates. Summer is coming, y’all! Hang tough, and think about bathing suits, swimming, painting watercolors outdoors and squinting in the sunshine! Really, it’s on the way! And if peel-off-your-sweater sunlight hasn’t arrived yet, hunker down with your art supplies, and make summery images till you feel a little warmer. I’m sending imagination-particles of budding branches, sprouting gardens and sounds of birdsong in courtship in your direction. Mother Nature to the rescue! (Soon, very soon.) 😎
There is one rule which cannot be too firmly impressed on the student – namely – that in watercolor painting, the first colours should always be bright and pure, because they may easily be lowered to the desired tone; but if their purity is once sullied by admixture with other colours, their brightness can never be recovered.
Practical Directions for Portrait Painting in Watercolors ~ Mrs. Merrifield, 1851