Transparent Watercolor Painting

Watercolor painting is the application of colored pigment to paper. Water is integral to the process: it is the vehicle for the pigment. The suspended particles of pigment move about the surface of the cotton paper. As the water is absorbed into the cotton fibers so are some of the smaller pigment particles. Larger particles adhere to the surface of the cotton fibers with the help of a fixative mixed in the paint called gum arabic.

Transparent watercolor refers to the absence of white pigment to the paint mix. The papers' reflectance of light is used to illuminate the pigment particles. This reflectance is unique to transparent watercolor and is what provides the "atmospheric" quality for which watercolor is best known

My work is produced solely by my hand. I generally work on a composition in a small scale, maybe seven by eleven inches. Working on a half dozen small sheets allows me to explore and edit themes considering color and tone of the composition in a quick and efficient fashion. Upon deciding the final scale and layout for a given composition, a final painting can begin. I retain the composition I have developed and begin work to follow the plan for overall color and tone.

The first marks are laid down, soon the water carries a certain mark this way more than that; the paper shows me a different light and calls for a new color to be placed...;
improvisation is at hand.