I firmly believe in the paint taking precedence over the subject. The natural properties of the medium, whatever it may be, need to be seen and not reduced to a supporting role. This is particularly true of watercolor. So often, I see artists attempt to control it in a way that looks forced and overworked. The best way to avoid this is to learn to appreciate the qualities unique to the medium and allow them to be present.
For example, watercolor is like no other medium available when it comes to fluidity and a loose, gestural essence. Yet, many artists use it in a way that is tight and highly controlled, diminishing its natural properties beyond recognition. Why not make the most of them instead?
The potential for a stronger, more confident painting regardless of subject comes from the artist’s ability to understand the unique properties of the medium they have chosen and how to make the most of them. With watercolor, a mundane subject can become a loose, gestural painting bursting with life if the paint is allowed to flow in a way that supports the form, value, proportion and perspective of the drawing. The same can be said for pastel, oil, acrylic or just about any other medium you choose to explore. Learn to love the look of the medium you have chosen…allow it to transform your subject into something unique and special!