Student Days!

This is a sheet of studies in watercolour. I completed it several decades ago while a student in Fine Arts at the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University). I’d been using watercolour, very cautiously, as a teenager but hadn’t had any formal training in the medium. Art College didn’t prove to be much different. There were only a few watercolour instructors and it wasn’t always easy to fit them into my timetable.

I definitely couldn’t find anyone who taught this type of illustrative rendering in watercolour so I had only one option. I sat down and stared at various objects (the ceramic figurine and the ink bottle) and photographs (the Bald Eagle). My ignorance of watercolour technique was a virtue. It forced me to analyze and experiment with the medium. I worked light to dark and I was very careful to preserve the white of the paper as my lightest light. I’d been working hard at my drawing and that was a major plus.

Never resist a challenge. Not all of my efforts proved to be as successful as this sheet but I learned something from each attempt. The things you teach yourself will always stay with you.

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2 Responses to “Student Days!”

  1. Pat Leary Says:

    This post only shows that you were gifted from the very beginning … doesn’t bode well for the rest of us! Fun to see your early stuff.

  2. Linda Halcomb Says:

    Very valuable insight. Thank you for reminding all of us.

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