The desire to paint has been building up for quite a while. Since 2009, I’ve made drawings and collages using ink pens, pencils, and basic colored markers. I’ve created hundreds of iPad drawings, colorizing them using digital technology, but I don’t think I’ve actually painted with a brush and water since around 1985 when I owned a set of Winsor & Newton inks and possibly a few tubes of acrylics. After participating in an art challenge this August, I realized the digital technology felt stifling and I wanted a more expressive medium. Finally, this weekend, I picked up a set of Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors and set out to get started. Here is the result!
I was lucky I chose this paint set and am extremely happy with the result. The colors are bright, they mix well with other colors, and apply to the paper smoothly. One thing I had forgotten was that watercolors can be very forgiving when you have good paper, good paint, and a nice wash. Attempting a second painting, I found my muse had abandoned me, so I left everything open to dry and walked away, feeling happy to try again another day.