WHAT IS MODERN WATERCOLOR?

posted by Misfit

“TO BE YOURSELF IN A WORLD THAT IS CONSTANTLY TRYING TO MAKE YOU SOMETHING ELSE IS THE GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT.”

– RALPH WALDO EMERSON

THE GOODIE TWO-SHOES…

I was always considered the “goodie two-shoes” when it came to growing up as a kid. I tried to follow the rules to the best of my ability and make everyone around me feel at ease. In other words – a people pleaser.

Now, there is nothing wrong with trying to make people feel at ease or following the “rules” – but if this mindset takes you to a place of altering your identity – that will never end in a good outcome.

THE ART OF HAPPINESS…

So why am I talking about people pleasing during a watercolor blog post? Well, because for years, my bad habit of altering myself bled into my art. I tried painting photo realism to appease my art teachers, cartoon illustrations for my friends, baby portraits for friends of the family, etc. There was nothing wrong with dabbling in so many different realms – but none of those painting rally made me happy. And wasn’t art suppose to make you happy? I mean what was the point of exerting so much energy for something that just made you feel… BLAH.

WHY IT MATTERS…

That’s when I started experimenting more with my style and purposefully breaking the rules – especially when it came to watercolor. I’d always been fascinated with this art medium – but never really liked the “old school” vibe. No, I liked painting with my colors as if they were gouache and then switching back to the more traditional style of watercolor. I loved adding ink and iridescent accents to my illustrations – giving harsher more pronounced edges with bits of glitter. I even loved using more vibrant colors compared to the more muted color palettes my teachers suggested. As my explorations continued I began to find this joy and wonder at what else I could do by “breaking the rules” or “shaking some things up” when it came to my paints. Needless to say – my teachers weren’t thrilled with my new art directions. In fact – I got yelled at on several occasions for not “following the rules” when it came to watercolor. BUT WHY DID IT MATTER?

I wasn’t trying to get my art hung in museums. I wasn’t trying to get into an art school and major in art. I was just trying to have a little bit of fun with my paints.

WHAT IS MODERN WATERCOLOR…

When I first started my rogue art journey I didn’t really have a name for what I was doing. Rather I was just playing – like a kid again happy and free do create what I liked. As I got older – I was informed that my style of called MIXED MEDIA WATERCOLOR also known as MODERN WATERCOLOR. In simple terms – it meant that I mixed all different types of art mediums (or paints) together on the paper to capture what was inside my head. What I loved about this style – was the freedom it gave me to express myself. I could use acrylic paint, gouache paint, inks, crayons, markers, colored pencils, gold foil, glitter…whatever my heart desired.

So, needless to say – if you are looking to learn the traditional style of watercolor – I may not be your best teacher. I prefer to live a little on the edge and be a rule breaker – experimenting with my paints and all my supplies like a mad scientist. This mind-set also frees me from the anxiety of perfectionism and gives me a bit more wiggle room to make mistakes.

So, yeah – that’s what Modern Watercolor means to me. Hope you enjoyed this talk to you soon.

2 Comments

Paula Hicks November 15, 2019 at 5:43 am

Yessssssss!!! I love the idea of pushing limits! I always have! It makes my heart absolutely sing!! Thank you so much for making these classes available!!!

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Misfit November 15, 2019 at 6:15 pm

You are so welcome ?

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