Busy holiday seasons don’t go along with creative studio time and it was sort of blessing for me as I have been feeling a bit “trapped” in watercolor lately.

It does happen when the perfectionist in me acts up: suddenly everything I do is not good enough and colors turn into shades of grey…

A few months ago I have found out a great way to free myself from this impasse is to just create whatever catches my imagination at a the time with a new medium. I think the reason it works so well for me is that, since it is not my medium of choice, I actually make allowances for myself to make mistakes and take it easy đŸ™‚

Today I chose to work with acrylics on a painting of Koi Carps. I have always been fascinated by these animals and I found them mystical and romantic.

I started with the background. Acrylics are a lot more transparent than we actually think! But they are also very quick to dry so one has to work quite quickly to give the sfumato effect you see here as a transition between blue and purple.


After the background had dried, I worked in the fish color and added some sculpting gel to give the effect of impasto to the tails.

This is still a work in progress, but I really like how it’s progressing. I’d love to hear if any of you has any suggestions or comments on improvements.


Trying out

Life gets hectic around this time of the year and, as usual, my studio work suffers đŸ˜¦ . To make up for the gaping hole my colors leave, I often look for and watch other artists demos. It’s a fun way to see how other creatives are using and bending the media and get a fresh perspective on it.

This is how I came about the exquisite work of French watercolorist Jacques Williet . Mister Williet use of traditional watercolor techniques, wet on wet, and striking palette really stroke a cord in my creative mind and his influence will felt in my upcoming collections.

I tried the technique from one of his demos and , although the results were far from being perfect, I thoroughly enjoyed the process.fullsizerender-6