History of watercolor

Watercolor in Europe

Watercolor came to western artists in the late 1400s. Artists had to formulate, prepare and grind their own watercolor paint. Every master tended to keep their secret recipes and methods to themselves.

Despite this early start, watercolors were generally used by Baroque easel painters only for sketches, copies or cartoons. First famous practitioners of watercolor painting were Van Dyck, Claude Lorrain, Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione and of course Albrecht Durer.

Artist’s watercolor paints came directly from the colourmen in dry clumps that had been cut off of clay-like slabs of prepared watercolor paint. The paints were hard. Artists would have to break up the clump into useable bits and grind them in water. In the early 19th century were the revolution in making paints, oil, and watercolor. Newly developed intense colors inspired the Pre-Raphaelites, the new tube paints allowed the impressionists to work readily in plein air to capture natural light and color.

East Asian watercolor painting

In East Asia, watercolor painting with inks is referred to as brush painting or scroll painting. In Korean, Chinese and Japanese painting watercolor was the main medium, usually monochrome. The most popular technique Ink wash painting (in Chinese-shui mo hua, in Japanese- sumi-e, in Korean sumukhwa)

About my works

Watercolor helps me to express lightness, airiness, elusive sensations that can not convey any other material.
It makes works more atmospheric. Also it’s the best mobile material to make fast sketches.
Contemporary watercolor, however, allows for much greater freedom of technique and material.
Combining watercolor with a realm of mixed media can open up a huge new range of possibilities. The excitement of blending watercolor with ink, pastel, collage and other water based media is one of the most addictive forms of expression. The process of building up, altering, editing allows a painting to develop a life and momentum of its own. You, as the artist, become almost a spectator, watching as the painting slowly comes to life.