Caroline Henry Art Blog
I painted the Pacific Squall, a scene of sudden rainfall out at sea viewed from the beach for an show themed "Clouds and Weather". I meant to create a very wet on wet work with the movement of water on and into the paper creating a very liquid looking sky.
I had taken paper and paints with me to work away from home while staffing as a volunteer at a local gallery. After I started I discovered that the paper was not taking the water as I expected it to. The flow just was not flowing. I could only work effectively with smaller sections of the paper, and I had to go back and create sharp edges where needed, and soften up a few other with added water and brush work. After working through the painting, I found that the whites of the surf were too bold and sharp, and I needed to gray them down. Every section took glazing to get good color where I had meant this one to be very direct and simple. Lots of fussing, but eventually I got a painting that I like.
In the end, when I flipped over the paper that I had taken with me, I saw my problem. This was not the small sheet of watercolor paper that I thought it was, but a 7" by 9" sample of Fabriano's Tizano white paper meant for pastel and drawing! Oops! Good thing I'm had enough practice with watercolor to know how to beg its forgiveness and find it after making such a blunder.