One useful and wonderful exercise in watercolour art is doing five minute thumbnail sketch with one brush and maybe three colours and a small piece of paper . In this exercise, I think I might have been cheating a bit. I did not count the colours but picking them straight from my palette at the time. I think it took a minute to think, a minute to draw ( I skipped this) and three minutes to paint.
The scale of this thumbnail sketch is 16cm x 11.5cm ( or roughly 6" x 4"). In this quick sketch I managed to capture atmospheric of a sunny day, glittering light on water, wet sand, wonderful sky with wind and clouds, Rangitoto islands, its reflection and a happy couple! I think it does not matter how many paintings I have done. An experience like this always brings a smile to my face. A fleeting moment, moving sky, dashing light and the joy of wet feet... is captured effortless. I can't explain. I can't analyse. It just happened. It is really a five minutes of magic!
|Wonderful Summer Day, Mission Bay, Auckland, NZ|