Why do a study? It is a good question if you can conjure the ear worm of PINK FLOYD’S THE WALL without hesitation.
Watercolor is a particularly good medium for undertaking studies, especially if you are aiming for a calligraphic approach and not a photographic/tonal effect.
REASONS TO DO WATERCOLOR STUDIES:
1. CALLIGRAPHY TAKES PRACTICE
A good deal of the time, finding meaningful marks creates a sense of depth. This calligraphic approach needs a sense of spontaneity. By figuring out the patterns of marks in an experimental manner, you are more likely to understand the play of light with a natural effect. The area to the lower right shows some of this kind of thinking. I do not really understand this area yet, but the refection of the pier in the wet sand flat is an interesting moment. I will go back and do another study of just this area. I may also do a second summary painting study in gouache.
2. ASK A TUBA PLAYER
Tuba Players warm up before the concert. Go ask one.
3. CHART YOUR PROGRESS
Charting your thoughts visually provides a valuable history. Progress is a real entity in skills that require application of theory. If one is doing exactly the same thing over and over to no good end, well…painting is the same as almost anything else in this regard. The book form gives one the opportunity to assess and change direction, experiment with new ideas, and see the change that gradually develops. A bunch of random sheets of paper in the studio usually fails to achieve this effect in my experience.
4. MAKE THE DAY REAL & REALIZED
Your life is worth visual documentation. If one is going to TWITTER and FACEBOOK and EMAIL- I would suggest that a visual journal will no doubt take the same amount of time and will provide a more meaningful document at the end of the day.
5. MIX IT UP
The first image in on the ivory paper of a DELTA journal. I recently discovered the slight warmth is wonderful for interiors and portraits. The smooth surface of the ZETA journal lends itself to creating little blobs and marks with tidelines just like hot press watercolor paper. If you are working with the same paper all the time (for study and for larger works ) how will you know about different effects based on paper participation?