Watercolor as a medium of expression, as well as an art, is a fascinating opportunity to explore the emotion behind artistic creation. Traditionally, watercolor was simply pigment that would be ground with gum and require a brush and water to apply. To find an artist who creates his or her own watercolors is exceedingly rare. While acrylic is completely opaque, watercolor can be as dense or translucent as the artist desires. To make the application of a particular color translucent, one must keep more water saturation on the brush from initial dip to the color and onto the page. For a more opaque expression of color, an artist has options and may use less water or layer a color between drying.
A simple palette of pigment may elaborate into an array of colors as endless as the artistic imagination will allow it to expand. There is arguably a learning curve to the ways in which watercolor can be manipulated on a page. Every piece holds an opportunity for the artist to explore the opportunities the plasticity of watercolor allows. Watercolor is one of the most versatile forms of art anyone from novice to professional might explore. Endless color variations, gradations, intensity, saturation and other factors seemingly unique to watercolor make it appear that the notion of ‘correct art’ is but a distant opinion. It can be a tool through which to explore a new-found interest or challenge existing skills. To be deemed proficient or skilled in one medium does not guarantee a translation of skill through another; each form of expression carries with it a unique learning curve.