When I was on the book tour in Seattle with Jon I met a young man who was teaching himself watercolors and he gave me some hints on how to start. He said to do a drawing in pencil then fill it in. I kept thinking that watercolor was about form not line which was really hanging me up since I think in line.
In our hotel hallway in NYC there is a red phone and I kinda fell in love with it. I took a picture then did a drawing. But the drawing didn’t work, because the phone was so much about being red. So I thought of Brandon from Seattle and took out the Koi watercolor set that I have been avoiding for months.
I must say, I found it kind of liberating to push that color around in a somewhat bounded area with my brush. I used 3 different reds, black, green and mustard. And if I wasn’t somewhat happy with it, it wouldn’t be on my blog.