Master wet-in-wet watercolour painting

Watercolour is wonderful. I discovered its appeal while I was still at art college, and used a tiny palette to make sketches when I was out on my bike in Leicestershire, UK. I later discovered it was also the perfect medium for painting wildlife in the African bush. 

In both instances I had to work quickly, so I allowed my colours to blend into one another before they had dried. The drifts and blends created when wet pigments merge on paper transfix me just as much now as they did then. 

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Watercolourist Hazel Soan has published many books, articles and DVDs on painting, and has a new book and DVD, Learn to Paint People Quickly, coming out in February.