Water Lily Poured Painting resulting from
a workshop by Linda Baker
Put he finishing touches on a poured watercolor from a recent Linda Baker workshop. Using 300 lb. CP paper, the intention was to do only three pours because of workshop time constraints...light, medium and dark. Therefore, I poured the paint rather heavily using quinacridone gold, red and indigo blue. The gold disappeared, the red became overpowering, and the blue turned gray on the paper. I found that the heavy paper retains moisture for a long time. The texture in the lower left was the result of putting the masking on paper that was still damp.
I like the pouring technique, the subtle variations of color it can create, as well as the textured effects created by using a water spray bottle to move the paint. When the frisket is taken off, the result will always be a surprise, and the painting will need some finishing with a brush. Pouring is still a labor intensive process, but it is fun to have a piece almost paint itself.
When trying this technique again, I would do many more pours with much thinner paint using different primaries. In between pours, I would mask out fewer areas at a time to create more layers.
Even though this turned out looking like a “block print,” I think it has some merits. Although it is not a “show” piece, there is something about it that appeals to me.