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

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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.

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