By happy chance today, I came across the photo of this scene at the same moment that I was searching for something fun and unstructured for one of my watercolor students to do after she had completed a challenging project.
I remembered some handmade watercolor paper that had been stashed away in my studio. It was purchased years ago and I did not like working with it. At that time, I painted by layering many washes of color on top of one another and this paper did not work well with that technique. But now, it was the perfect thing! I gave one 11x14 inch sheet to my student and told her that we would relax, have fun and experiment. The other I brought to my easel.
Before that dried, I painted the water so that some of the land colors would bleed into the water.
Then I added some final details: reflections and ripples in the water.
The painting was finished! This method of dropping paint onto the wet, uneven surface of the handmade paper gives it a loosely-painted, impressionist effect.
See more of my seascape paintings here.
Thanks for stopping by. What do you think of my impressionist experiment?