Inspiration for watercolours
Anand Radhakrishnan observes the work of early 20th century master William Russell Flint and attempts to use a similar colour scheme in his own watercolour art
Watercolour has always been a challenging medium to work in, especially because of its transparent application and its irreversible nature. When painting with transparent media, most design choices need to be predetermined because of the inability to layer the paint opaquely.
On the upside, watercolours are a lot of fun to use, and it’s exciting to see the creation of effects through the mixing of pigments and water. It’s a medium with bright pigments that dries very quickly, and this is why many artists use it for plein air painting studies.
Here, I’ll be briefly studying the watercolour technique and colour schemes of Scottish artist Sir William Russell Flint. William was known for his beautiful watercolour paintings of women and had a distinct Far Eastern feeling to his work. His body of work is immense and includes everything from conté drawings and plein air watercolour paintings to illustrations for famous operas.
Williams’s sensitive approach to the human figure and the way he used various watercolour textures and edges is something that I’d like to incorporate in my own work. Here, I try to understand his painting technique and colour palette and apply it to a personal fantasy piece.