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When I first started painting, I worked with mostly portraits and figures; I then realized I wanted
to place my figures in their surrounding environment and to explore how to paint landscapes.
I learned how to paint the landscape as it was but wanted to be able to better express the
feeling and sentiment of a place.
If I am working on a commissioned piece, I have to stick with what the client wants but, if I'm
doing it for my own pleasure as most of my paintings tend to be, I tweak things a lot. I read
somewhere: "I'm the director. I'm the principal. I'm the producer. It's my painting."
When I discovered that I could pour liquid watercolour, I found that it flows and dances across
the paper as it interacts and mingles with other colours. It opened a new way of painting for
me. I now pour in most of my paintings, either from beginning to end or as a base layer before
putting in brushwork, allowing for a spontaneity that differs from just a wash of colour. The
colour mixes are unique and can sometimes be a surprise. Recently, I have begun to explore
painting even larger landscapes with watercolour, going as large as 9 feet on one side in a
recent piece. I use pouring as a way to cover the paper quickly and to let the glow of colour
come through the whole piece.
The biggest challenge of painting a landscape is that of being able to capture an emotion or
mood of a place that resonates not just with me, but with its viewers as well.

I discovered that by pouring watercolour, I was able
to capture more of what I felt and envisioned.

Once you start to paint what you see exactly, I think that can be a pitfall for many painters.
Often people don't realize that the faster you paint with watercolours, the better it is. A single
brush stroke is a lot more powerful than twenty.
I do a lot of wet-on-wet, keeping things moving by paying full attention to what's going on in
different corners of the painting and not wasting too much time getting caught up in one spot,
so I tweak things quite a bit. If that helps the viewer to go into the painting and it helps me
to go into the painting, then there's a depth, and there's nothing wrong with it. If you're selfcritical, no matter how many workshops or classes people take, they're never going to come
out of it. That's therapy material!
Catch Sandhu Singh at Opus Victoria for his demonstration 'Fun with
Watercolour' on May 5, 2019, where he walks you through his creative
process with watercolour painting.
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