My name is Margarida Rebelo, and I’m from Portugal. It was an honor for me to be invited to this wonderful site, Doodlewash. My little works, to which I have instilled simplicities of my day to day, are what I want to share with you.
They are colorful themes, where I include landscapes, rivers, buildings, flowers, and sometimes, the imaginary. I have the habit of walking, calmly watching from one side to another and then taking another look. I always get to see things differently, and the difficulty is: how to transport these images to the paper?
My attraction for painting has always been a constant. I started with porcelain, oil, and fabrics. All of those options that I liked and ones that always linked to art, to occupy some free time, because a family and small children can often leave us little time.
Later, with a professional life dedicated to interior decoration, that filled part of my life with great joy and taste for what it did, there was very little space left for a total dedication to any other activity!
Now, for the past few years, when casually discovering the watercolor, I fell in love again. A great passion formed. While I did some workshops, and also two exhibitions, it was persistence, along with consultations and videos of great masters on the internet that helped me most. This has led me to want to deepen this art form more and more and the truth is that, nowadays, nothing is impossible.
I like colors. I like to paint wet on wet, and sometimes include natural products like salt, coffee, and wine. I like to paint to the sound of classical music, preferably.
And, because using a lot of water is a refined process, I recommend excellent quality paper, free of acids, above 200g / m2, such as Saunders Waterford, Arches, Fabriano, and others of similar quality.
Rembrandt (The Netherlands), Sennelier (France), Schminke Horadam (Germany), and Winsor & Newton (UK) are some of the watercolor paints that I use and enjoy, using tubes most of the time (I find this more economical). In brushes, for ecological issues, I like the synthetics of good quality like Escoda or Kolibri, among others.
It is a challenge when I use mixed techniques, such as in the lighthouse, where I used some salt stones to add volume to the ripple. Every moment, I discover and rediscover new ways of drawing and painting.
I mix a lot of colors and I like to create new shades. In my watercolors, I also use a spatula to make effects. For example, in the image of the village on the rock, well, the rock was made with these effects.
In art, I can do everything with everything, I do not even care about the physical durability of the work, because at that moment my spirit is absorbed with a new reality. The result can turn out well, or not, but it’s always a breath of fresh air.
I like to draw and paint in sketchbooks. It’s practical and it’s a way of perfecting myself. On vacation, I do this. For example, this is the case of the holiday houses and the rooster which were painted in my sketchbook.
Using these traditional forms with a mixture of techniques, I open up new possibilities. And I think it is valid for all those who want to make new experiences, since personal experiences themselves often interfere with the creative process.
I must also say that I am always very attentive to new watercolors, new tendencies, seeing exhibitions that emerge from artists with experiences that give us this learning. And then to take some knowledge from there.
The essential thing, after all, is to take advantage of all of this, to practice a lot, and if you can see watercolor artists painting live, all the better. Besides the internet, there are many people with knowledge who paint live where we can appreciate some techniques as we try them ourselves.
But there are still so many techniques that I do not know that I would like to master. That desire to know, and to discover new things, is important, and means I will not give up! I hope you have liked reading my story and that it might, in some way, influence someone! Thank you for your time!Recommended4 recommendationsPublished in
Creator of Doodlewash®, founder of World Watercolor Month (July), World Watercolor Group™, and host of the Sketching Stuff Podcast. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!