I'm coming up for air - it's been intense, the last few days! It took so long to get going and put paint on paper - finding loads of references, making sketches, composing, adjusting, tracing, masking. This doesn't feel like the feel-good watercolour experience that I fantasise about! It's really illustration rather than painting - so many figures, so much 'action' and colour that the client is looking for. I've been noting down odd thoughts that pass briefly and inconsequentially through my head - in between the necessary puzzling about what is the exact colour I can place just there!?...
i) I don't like masking fluid
ii) very precious about using all my new watercolours up on this project
iii) This is like drawing storyboards all over again ( in a previous life in advertising)
iv) I don't like tracing and careful outlines... I like loose! I like free!
v) Can I paint township scenes when I don't live in a township?
vi) Life isn't this ecstatic in the townships
vii) but sometimes it is, against all odds
viii) Things don't turn out the way you think they will
There - an exclusive look inside the intricate workings of my creative mind. Back to the drawing board/s!...
...very bright drawing boards - and BIG, on half-sheets Fabriano - no subtleties here!