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Watercolor Painting

Watercolor painting also known as aquarelle is a widely popular painting technique in which paints are made of colors that have been dissolved or suspended in water.

The medium mostly used for watercolor painting is paper while the less popular mediums include leather, fabric, papyrus, vellum, canvas and wood. The use of watercolor painting can also be witnessed in cartoons and large paintings. The themes of watercolor paintings vary from artist to artist. The watercolor paintings mostly explore the beauty of simple objects, flowers, rural landscape and urban lifestyle. Watercolor painting techniques have earned the reputation of being quite demanding. To begin a basic watercolor painting the first priority should a good selection of basic watercolor paints which will give the best results. The selection of brushes should also be taken into consideration. The decision of working upright at an easel or on a flat surface is also a vital factor. Once you are completely acquainted with the basic techniques of watercolor painting, you can very well experiment with the different methods. The excitement and subtleties of color combined with strong brushwork energizes the watercolor paintings to an extreme extent and hence makes it a visual delight.

History of Watercolor PaintingWatercolor painting also referred in many Asian contexts as brush painting has an elaborate history in many parts across the globe. The buon fresco painting is one of the earliest forms of watercolor painting which dates back to the Egyptian and Roman antiquity.

Indian paintings can be broadly classified into two categories, namely murals and miniatures. Murals are elaborate expressions on the walls of solid structures while miniature paintings are those which are executed on various perishable items such as cloth and paper. The western impact on Indian paintings had inspired them to illustrate Indian themes based on Western ideas of composition, perception and realism. Some of the notable Indian paintings include Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Self Portrait’, Jamini Roy’s ‘Jesus’, Raja Ravi Verma’s ‘Musicians’, Sunil Das’s ‘Bull Series’, Bikash Bhattacharya’s ‘Bull Series’. The Indian paintings in fact describe beautifully the essence of the glorious Indian culture and traditions.

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