My recent look at Karl Martens’ watercolour birds reminded me how much I love watercolours. I love his way of painting with calligraphy brushes and his ‘meditative’ approach. The loose, gestural rendering of the body of the birds contrasted by the tight and focused facial expressions is wonderful. So I started to look at some old watercolours I did a while back.
The one below was done on rough 140lb handmade paper. I think the paint was Daniel Smith but I do use my own palette made up of Daniel Smith, M. Graham, Schmincke and Sennelier. There’s quite a bit of granulation and lots of paper texture coming through. I do like the luminosity of the eyes: