Few weeks ago, I discovered Jean Haines - might have been in a post by Anne-Laure ...not so sure anymore. Jean's style is amazing - a blend of oriental brush handling technique and classic western watercolor. She makes everything look effortless, yet one can see that every brush stroke is carefully thought out. She lets the water and the pigment mix freely and at the same time, she controls the process every step of the way. I wish I could do that *sigh*...
I found her book "Atmospheric watercolors" at the library and did some practice washes.
So much fun, I could just keep playing with water and pigment. I like that she is actually looking for blooms in the color mixes and sometimes she even creates them on purpose. Purists want their washes flat and regular ... but oh, so boring ...
The downside for me is that this is not a portable way of working when one does plein-air. I was reminded the importance of using A LOT of water and A LOT of pigment. And waiting for layers to dry! The learning can certainly be taken out and about ... and I will be making more washes, no doubt. Too much fun...