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04-26-2003, 12:02 PM
I was struck by a thought this morning: why are waterscapes and watersides a popular subject for watercolor? Is it because the medium and the subject both lend themselves to plein air painting? Is it tradition? Some deep connection within water?


04-26-2003, 12:05 PM
I'm no expert but I think the transparency of watercolor makes it such a great choice for painting water.

Patrick Marion
04-26-2003, 12:31 PM
I got a chuckle out of this because I had thought about this
for years and never read anything about it, until today.

From my observations, I have come up with this...

What better medium to use for doing a painting of water
than the actual substance itself.

Water flows like water will.

Watercolor will flow like water will because it is the same
exact stuff...water.

For oceans you can even fling the paint the way a wave
will fling the water into the air.

For a stream you can put watercolor on your paper or
illustration board and tilt the paper to let it flow, just
like the stream.

Bill J
04-26-2003, 12:33 PM
It just hit me that the last 5 pics I've done have water in them and the next 2 planned are also related to water. and my posts on WC have all been water. I live next to the water and spend 10-20 hours a week boating, thats part of the reason. I guess I'll have to pick some land sujects fot the next few pics--
{Plus I'm running out of blues LOL}