I have always been inspired by the work of Hazel Soan, a British artist working out of studios in London and Cape Town and on location throughout the world. I bought one of her book (Hazel Soan’s African Watercolours – 2003) and I used to spend time looking at the brightness and softness of her watercolors. She is the reason why I started to purchase some watercolors.
I remember using this medium back when I was living in the United Kingdom 5 years ago. I used to put way too much water on my paper which resulted into very uncontrasted paintings. I was disappointed. I wanted to succeed immediately and had no patience at all. Since that experience, I had totally stopped watercolors and focused more on acrylic, a medium I do like very much.
At the beginning of this year, I found again in my studio my little wooden box of watercolors that I purchased earlier in the UK. I find it funny that I kept this box all these years without trying again. Therefore, I decided to buy some good quality paper (+300g) and finally decided to work on this medium seriously.
It was not an easy task but since January, I have spent hours working with watercolors. Five years after my unsuccessful attempt, I can now say that I love this medium. I still have so many tips to learn of course but my I have made so much progress since the last time. My paintings are more precise and I try to add less water but more pigment.