"I know I am but summer to your heart, and not the full four seasons of the year."  ~ Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Mixed media fantasy painting - Only summer to your heart

"Only summer to your heart" 12 X 9 mixed media painting on Fabriano Hot Press watercolour paper.

I hadn't painted with watercolours in quite a while.  With this painting there were many new techniques to learn.

New strategies for watercolour

I had to force myself to walk away before applying more watercolour to the paper.  There is only so much water the paper can absorb. It's very tricky to know when to stop.  Adding more water on top of still damp paper can result in unwanted blooms. The paper can also become brittle and then no more can be done in that area. Watercolour is very finicky that way.

Having many projects on the go helps.  It's easy to go from one project to another while waiting for paint to dry. 

An already difficult medium to control, watercolour is even more exasperating to work with on this very smooth Italian paper.

However, as this is my first try, and as I have a few other assignments to complete for this course with Katrina Koltes, I will perhaps get better results with the second painting I am about to start.

Other paintings using some of Katrina's techniques can be found here  A child of the palace of dreams and here The last dream of my soul.

Katrina's website is https://katrinakoltes.com

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