• Olly Pyle

Basic Watercolour Kit - Where to Start

Following on from my previous online tutorial, some of you have requested that I mix the order up a little for my forthcoming releases, in particular bringing forward the one that covers watercolour kit.

Being the helpful, compliant, and pliable chap that I am here's one (below) that I have put together, giving an introduction to equipment for those getting started with watercolour. I'm sure there will be some helpful pointers in there too if you are already engrossed in the hobby. As always, this is with the landscape in mind and so the paint, brushes, paper and accessories that I use and recommend may not be the ones that you would readily choose if your bent is hyper-realistic illustrative work, or botanical painting for example.

I am a club cricketer (think 'village') recreational golfer and amateur photographer. As pursuits or hobbies that I enjoy, I have often fallen into the trap of thinking that a certain cricket bat, golf ball, or camera lens will take my skills to another level. It is, however, rarely the case; with all such activities and disciplines it really is about practice. I have read many articles written by amateur photographers regarding the sharpness of camera lenses and their relative performance on MTF charts, as if this is the sine qua non for photographic greatness. Most professional photographers wouldn't give them a second thought - they are too busy in the field seeing images and capturing them. While us amateurs enthuse over certain types of golf club, most professionals see them simply as tools to get the job done. I notice the same with painting students - the importance of kit is sometimes elevated above the actual deed of 'doing.' Because art is highly subject, and hopefully you will develop your own unique style, the most important thing is to use the gear that you are most comfortable with and helps you to achieve your goals. Bit it is all about the practice. Unless you practice - a lot - certain brushes, or types of paper will not help you to improve.

One of my water containers is an empty yogurt pot from Lidl (passion fruit, I believe.) You don't have to like my style of painting but you cannot say that my work would be so much better for the inclusion of a professional water bucket!

Happy painting, and as always just drop me a quick message via the blog if there's anything you need help with.

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