For watercolorists, the canvas presented new challenges and more opportunities for artists. Generally, once watercolor is placed, that’s it. Having to deal with color that lifts easily is something out of our ken. What to do with paint that you had to take the most tender touch to correct? Then, there was this idea of varnishing, again, unheard of with conventional watercolor paintings. For those tackling this new support, a whole new world opened up to them.
Well, count me as one of them. I liked the idea of using canvas. I will admit to being a stumped at first with dealing with the new support. I figured it would lift easily, but not as much as it did. There was also the brushstroke. Brushstokes showed. As a watercolor artist, this was so foreign unless one were trying to add texture. The watercolor canvas lent itself very well to texture however. That is one aspect of painting that I particularly enjoy. I love watching an object come to life with a bit of well-placed texture.
Texture is something I enjoy must when creating still life paintings. Since most of these paintings are depicting something old, texture gives me that bit of verisimilitude that I enjoy. Without further ado, here is “Lock, Stock, and Barrel.”
Watercolor on canvas, 16″ x 12″