I love July 13th’s prompt of “Fast & Loose” because it combines my favourite style of painting, loose & fluid, with a term that can often be confusing to artists, the need to paint quickly due to watercolor’s short drying time.
I used to always tell my students to “paint fast” because the paint does dry quickly, but realized over the years that I need to clarify. Painting quickly doesn’t mean you need to RUSH. I like to explain now that a loose watercolorist needs to “think slow, then paint fast.” The idea here being, PLAN your course of action, and then IMPLEMENT it quickly. Then stop, and plan again! Take frequent breaks to allow your brain to catch up to the painting.
When you have a plan in mind at the beginning of your painting session, things flow more smoothly. However, don’t let that lull you into painting beyond your plan. Often if your painting is going well, and you’ve painted the “intentional” stuff, your desire might be to continue, because “everything is going so well.” The problem is, the reason things were going well is that YOU HAD A PLAN! When that plan ends, often so do the successes, and you end up in a quagmire of doubt. Take a break, refocus, then come back and paint your new plan!
This week’s lesson isn’t about racing to a finish line. I think you’ll be able to see the intentionality in my painting, as I talk through my thought process and create a pretty floral motif.
Angela Fehr is a World Watercolor Month Artist Ambassador, which means along with our other Artist Ambassadors, she’s donating a portion of proceeds all month long in July to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation. She’s actually done this every single year since World Watercolor Month was founded two years ago! A huge Doodlewash thanks to Angela for her constant enthusiasm and support of our global charitable celebration to raise money and spread awareness for arts education!
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Angela Fehr is an internationally known watercolour artist and instructor living in in northern British Columbia, Canada. Teaching over 5,000 students in her online school, Fehr emphasizes fluid and intuitive painting, teaching technique clearly and encouraging students to explore their own unique style as they develop watercolour skills.