|5" x 7" watercolor on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistica hot press paper|
So yesterday I found myself wanting to color the picture. I decided to use the colors I felt like using. To throw caution to the wind.
Careful? Meticulous? What were those?! Hah! I was free!!
I began applying reds and golds thickly, in a quite un-watercolor-like manner. I was not in polite company, after all. I was alone.
I felt raw and not at all polite.
I liked it.
I used more gentile washes in other parts, but then ran wild again in the street.
And this is the result. And I am pleased. There are more vivid hues on this watercolor than any I recall doing; there are broader value contrasts. All because I broke the rules.
It reminds me of a quote I read the other day, by Francis Ford Coppola: "An essential element of any art is risk. If you don’t take a risk then how are you going to make something really beautiful, that hasn’t been seen before? I always like to say that cinema without risk is like having no sex and expecting to have a baby. You have to take a risk."
So is that what it's all about - learning the rules and then breaking them? Is that what needs to be done?
We shall see..