Grigoriy Sokirinsky, Gurzuf 1951, watercolor on paper, 1951, 36x55 cm
In this moment on display we have watercolors so let's have a word about its techniques...
The first technique is a wet-on-wet application, which achieves a very fluid and unpredictable effect. With flat brush, wet the watercolor paper with clean water . Then, mixing a moderate amount of water into your paint, drop different paints using the wet brush onto the wet surface. You can tilt the board around to help the paint blend and flow.
The next technique is the wet-on-dry technique. Mix paint with some water, then start painting straight onto the dry surface. This technique allows for more control over where your paint goes.
The dry-on-dry technique is also known as a dry brush technique. Use only the minimum amount of water when picking up paint with the oval wash brush, then dry it out even more on a sheet of paper towel before lightly brushing onto your paper. The paint pretty much stays the same as when you apply it; it won’t fade or bleed.
The last is the dry-on-wet technique. Apply a mixture paint and a moderate amount of water and cover the whole surface using the flat brush. Start painting while the paint is still wet. As the paint on the brush isn’t very wet, you’ll notice that while the edges are slightly fuzzy, you can still control where the paint goes.