Step Away From the Painting
I had always thought that I didn’t like Pointillism. However, after visiting a special exhibit of Henri Edmond Cross and Neo-Impressionism at the Musėe Marmottan Monet in Paris, I changed my mind. I was fascinated by the paintings in the exhibit and decided to try the technique in watercolour.
I worked small so that it wouldn’t take too long to finish – the painting is only 14 X 21.2 cm (5 1/2 X 8 3/8 inches) . I found that I couldn’t make regular same-sized marks with a watercolour brush so I used Microbrush ® applicators that I bought at Lee Valley Tools.
My subject was a close-up of a tree stump and my choice of colours was inspired by Cross’s Future Arcadia. I worked on it for several hours in total and couldn’t get it right. It just looked like an interesting pattern of coloured dots. Finally, I saw it from across the room and I could now see forms emerging from the mass of dots.
I don’t think that this will become a favourite method of painting watercolour, but I will definitely try it again.