I rarely post to Artists Forums these days though I occasionally drop by some of the ones I once visited regularly. Mostly they’re just chat with very little substance. Last week I came across a post from a lady asking if it was OK to use watercolour in pans. The paint from tubes was too runny - she preferred using pans but the paint dried and it was hard on brushes when you had to rewet the surface.
This generated a string of replies about how to solve this difficult problem! Ever since my student days I was always told to use tubes and I would have thought that tutors running recreational classes would be giving the same advice. So why does anybody need to discuss such a trivial matter?
Keith Noble RSMA – our current Ludlow Art Society President – came to one of the members’ plein air sketching days last year. He took out a pristine clean watercolour box looked at his subject and squeezed out the colours he needed. I was most impressed. It was a Craig Young Watercolour box – he assured me it was not brand new –that was the way he worked. His watercolours sell for as much as it would have cost him to buy it. Lucky man – I’d have to consider taking out a mortgage to purchase one.
I have a Holbein Box with a thumb hole in one half enabling it to be used as a palette. It has a row of shallow wells to squeeze out colours . I’m not such a fastidious craftsman as Keith though – mine is rarely completely pristine clean.