Top tips for keeping watercolour paintings fresh and loose

There are many things and painting techniques that contribute to the attractive and free nature of watercolour, but here I'll concentrate on the simplest and most basic: how I apply the paint to the paper. 

I've found the easiest way to make the paint look happy on the paper is to touch the paper once. That is, I know how I want my picture to look straightaway, and don't plan to do any over-painting. I avoid painting anywhere twice, until I have painted everything once. And I don't correct as I go along either – I wait until the end, when it is easier to judge the passages that haven't quite gone to plan. Remember, we are all trying to narrow the gap between our vision and the execution of our vision.

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Andrew Pitt
Andrew started painting when he was 11. He is a self-taught painter who lives in Suffolk and is well known for his plein air paintings and simple style.