Pen and ink drawings had always been my passion way before I went back to photography some years ago and it was only recently when I blogged about my decision to finally tuck away my pens and retire from drawing for good. I felt that I was no longer in that good of a condition to draw since it has been more than a decade when I made some decent drawings and now I literally have to start from scratch in order for me, somehow, to be back in the saddle. Honestly I don’t find my drawings exceptionally good and I am more of just a self-taught artist whose quality of work is just on the meager average level.. But I guess the drive in me to be able to come up with dozens of comic panels and pages in one sitting had withered and it was high time for me to just carry on and move forward up until I decided to go back to one of my long lost hobbies, photography.
It was only a couple of days ago when I saw my old, almost untouched Prang watercolor set along with a cheap, non-branded one that I used mostly for painting practice, gathering dust inside an old cardboard box inside my room. I took them out and gave the two some thorough cleaning and dusting and all of a sudden it hit me… what if I gave it a go once more in doing watercolor? That sudden spur of the moment decision got me sitting in front of the study table all set to paint without any specific subject in mind and all I said was “What the heck…” and I just painted almost half the afternoon away.
Unlike oil painting, watercolor is in a way complex and for some, quite hard to master. It would take a beginner like me TONS of practice and a whole lot of patience for me to get the hang of it. In using oils for your paintings, if you made a mistake it is easier for anyone to do a retouch and cover it up. Not with watercolor, it is the exact opposite. Despite the complications and all, doing watercolors can be fun in so many ways and all you have to do is never give up and just keep on practicing. I’m pretty sure even Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe, Paul Klee and the other masters had their fair share of trial and error as they practiced relentlessly using this medium until they were able to come up with some of the best art masterpieces the world has ever known.
I am not hoping to be like them, and I think I never will. I know my limitations and for me to be able to do a decent watercolor painting is enough, but with this first watercolor painting I’ve made after so many years (yup, the one you’re seeing above right now), I still yet have a long, LONG way to go. Practice makes perfect, as they all say… so let the good times roll and just keep on practicing.
*UPDATE: I decided to do another watercolor practice last night and came up with my own version of Neon Genesis Evangelion‘s Mari Makinami Illustrious using one of my mini figures of her I have in my collection.. and here’s the aftermath below: