I bought a book that looked interesting called "Urban watercolour sketching" by Felix Scheinberger (2011). It's got some really cool ideas - more illustration type of an approach to watercolour with sketching in pen or pencil and then using the watercolour to enhance the illustration. Scheinberger describes watercolour as not just a technique, but an attitude, being wilful and anarchical ! He goes on to state that the key to creating good watercolour art is to strike a balance between control and letting go. I think I could benefit from more experimentation in letting go with my watercolour paintings. My floral stuff is mostly very tightly controlled and I can understand that to move my art to a higher level, I should practice more freestyle techniques.
With some inspiration from a page on food (above right), I tried to sketch and paint some vegetables (above left). They're kind of just little illustrations which I will use later to put on products in my design store www.zazzle.com/juicyhues.
The author illustrates and paints a lot of urban type scenes such as buildings, cityscapes and people. Hopefully I have time to make my way through the book over the coming months and experiment with a little bit of urban watercolour sketching and painting !
Sacha Grossel is a practising Visual Artist from Australia.