After an evening sharing life stories and lots of drinks with a couple of English chaps, Ellis and I recouped at the pool yesterday. My love read the skimpy newspaper and, dozed off his morning after hangover, while I painted and drank tons of water. On holiday, we still think we can do what we did as kids without consequence. We learned the hard way, only in our dreams. Damn.
Through my haze, My throbbing head noticed why I was having painting difficulties. I had bought the wrong watercolors. I bought Grumbacher opaque, when I usually--always--bring translucent. I didn't even know watercolor pads came with a thickness option. I told you I wasn't a watercolorist. --But I do know my way around acrylics and that's how I'll use this paint. For the first time, I finally understood the materials in my bag. For the first time, I also realized I wouldn't mind having both sets. It would be nice to have a choice of approach. These do not do thin very well.
I like the way this alla prima, plein air, abstract came out and have higher hopes for my next paintings. I have one small complaint: there's not enough gray in these sets of paint pads.
BEACHWALK, watercolor, 9"x12"