This is another exercise from Jean Haines’ Atmospheric Watercolours book. This exercise is all about learning to control watercolour – getting it to move in the directions you wish it to…..
You start with a blank piece of paper and imagine a white circle in the middle. You then paint two lines around the edge of this imaginary circle, roughly top and bottom with gaps….
You then bleed the colour away from the circle with a wet brush. You drop in more pigment and then bleed the colour away again in the direction you wish it to go. The colour only goes in the direction you invite it to with the brush and water….
The colour will not enter the white circle unless you “invite” it to with your brush and water….
Above you can see that the edges of the circle are blurred because I invited the pigment into the circle with a wet brush.
This was a very simple exercise but I found it very useful. Again, this was not about producing a “masterpiece” or finished piece of work, but simply to learn how we can control watercolour using brushstrokes, placement of water and pigment….
I like my circles and I used Khadi paper for these exercises. From the top, the colours I used were Yellow Ochre, Phthalo Turquoise, Phthalo Blue, Indigo and Prussian Blue.