I think my style has changed subtly over time , I want to find ways to describe things that use watercolour to it's best advantage, Watercolour is the only medium I have ever seriously used and I love the way it can move and create patterns on the paper.
I feel I need a lifetime to begin to tame it and stretch my ability as far as I can.
This time I am trying to paint a badger, using looser strokes , and lots of water.
First I sketch out the image and make sure the major parts are in the right place.
Then a treat for me, this bit isn't loose at all but I can paint the eye. I carefully make sure I leave some white of the paper and add some cerulean which is in effect reflecting the sky. I use very small brushes and take some paint out to create reflection. The eye socket is important too , the eye has to sit in the right place.
Now I can begin to add more water and play around with the shapes. I add blues and purples to the black and white areas to create shadows and highlights. I want splashes and splatters , I want happy accidents . I want it to look spontaneous, so let the paint move and see what happens
I need to paint the badger's nose carefully as this ( like the eye) is an anchor to the painting) but the rest of the piece is suggestion. I get looser and looser and throw paint at the paper. pick up the piece and move it around, I use a spray bottle and clean water flicked on the paper.
I like to see the way it reacts and I like to see what happens. I also threw on a bit of salt at the end for good measure and then if you can leave it alone for an hour or so .
If you need to tinker after that then do , but I like to think you have left some work for the viewer to do