Painter Richard Huntington examines what it is like to work with water-media from a blank, white surface to trusting intuition.
“Watercolor is—or can be—a wildly open-ended medium that requires of the artist a continual and intense awareness of unexpected interactions of water and pigment. In watercolor accident is always upending the most carefully planned effects. For the watercolorist the question always is: When should I intervene? How much trust do I have in this fairly uncontrolled and spontaneous commingling of washes? Is my intuition up to the task of deciding when a flood of color needs to be let free, when it needs to be corralled? Watercolor is the ultimate test of my intuitive responses. It is a way to break away from old pictorial habits, to find new alternatives by letting the physical processes—no matter how disconcerting they may be—run their course. It is about freedom, found rhythm, and perhaps most important, a relaxation of the internal critic that hectors all artists as they make a picture.”
Richard Huntington; painter, printmaker and writer
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