Warmup and New Brushes

Today’s warmup exercise: I’m still on the chapter about Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot in the Tate Watercolor Manual.* Corot was known for the balance in his watercolors and oil paintings. The book shows that some of his compositions are in spatial balance, equivalent to the Taoist symbol of Yin Yang. In fact, the Yin Yang symbol can be […]

Lesson 12 – Composition

The next lesson in the Tate Watercolour Manual, Lessons from the Great Masters by Tony Smibert and Joyce Townsend, the book I am studying, addresses composition. The authors chose to feature the work of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot to demonstrate balance of design. The art historian Ernst Gombrich notes (The Story of Art) that Corot strived for ‘clarity and balance’ […]

Treeblot-scape

Today’s watercolor experiment: I usually post a warmup exercise before I perform my experiment. Today, my warmup exercise and experiment are one and the same. I continue to pursue the elusive blot. The advice in the book from which I am learning (the Tate Watercolour Manual, Lessons from the Great Masters by Tony Smibert and Joyce Townsend) […]