I was recently given a bunch of art supplies by my in-laws that used to belong to my husband's 2nd cousin Ginger who passed away some time in the 80s. One of the items was a John Pike Palette that was filled with dried watercolors in all different colors.
All the colors were vibrant once I added water to them.
I thought it would be a good time to use them to work on a request that I had many years ago from one of my best friends. She wanted me to paint a portrait of her dog using watercolors. I had done another portrait of a different dog of hers and she wanted one to go along with it. I had been putting i off because most of my watercolor tubes were dried up and useless. Also, I just wasn't excited about doing watercolors again.
I soon got into the portrait using Ampersand Aquabord which I am assuming wasn't a product when I last did watercolors. I didn't have to worry about stretching paper and I loved the way it felt using it. It was strange switching from doing acrylics to watercolors because you have to think opposite when painting. I couldn't put dark colors in right away with the watercolors knowing that it would be hard to lighten up if I changed my mind.
I finished the painting and my friend was thrilled with it.
|Tess on the Water, Watercolor on Aquabord, 8"x10"|