A fugue for Several Voices

Painting with water colours is marvellous. 

The secret to all water colour techniques is getting the colours to light up by allowing the paper to shine through them. If you mix white with water colours, the colours become ‘floury’. If you shut out the paper with a covering of paint, it is all over with the timbre of the colours. 

Therefore I find it challenging to paint a tiger lying by a water hole. The animal makes a reflection of itself in the water – this element which is identical with the water colours I am using. I often use the water to allow the colours to flow over the paper and into each other in new combinations in an attempt to give the picture an impression of contrasts between hard and soft transitions. 

A fugue for several voices.