The idea that so few artists choose to explore this medium (especially when compared to acrylic and oil) saddens me. I’ve asked artists about this in the past and they’ve explained that they haven’t explored watercolor because it leaves little room for error. Painting over a mistake isn’t an option; at least not without losing the translucency that often helps define a watercolor. They also reminded me that watercolor has long been associated with country landscapes and flower still life.
To me, these sound like the perfect reasons to dive into watercolor. What artist wouldn’t want to push themselves towards perfection or help redefine how the non-art world views an entire medium? Maybe it’s time for me (and you?) to take a trip to the local art store.
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