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Now Dry

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I admit it. Today’s painting is just yesterday’s with all the water fully evaporated:

Watercolour painting

Now Dry

However, given how essential the interaction of water and pigment is to the art of watercolour, I think it has been a valuable experiment and worth recording. For reference, in case you are picking this up as an individual post rather than on the front page of my blog, here is yesterday’s wet version:

Watercolour painting

Still Wet

When painting, the dry version is what you have to envisage when the wet one is glistening in front of you. They are largely similar but the colours dull and boundaries shift and harden. Look particularly at the edges of the unpainted patch to the top right of the red area and also areas that were damp and had two different pigments side by side, such as where the purple on the left has clearly been pushed back from the edge of the page.