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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.

Detail of Watercolour

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