‘Mistakes’ by Carol Shillibeer

With thanks from Carol Shillibeer
With thanks from Carol Shillibeer

‘Mistakes. This is one of the first watercolours I did. I’d done the drawing and then watercolour tubes and paper came into my house. Ambitious. I know that now. When I started this, I made a horrible mistake in the foreground and when it dried I just cut it off the board and put it aside. Found it this morning when I was gathering up all the bits of painting I’ve done in the last weeks. Then, knowing a little bit more now than I did when I cut it off the board, I attempted a fix. That’s what this is. A fix. Here’s the thing. Looking at it now, what I like the most are the 2 foreground buildings. That’s because watercolour is a medium where the white space of the paper is as important as the other marks. There’s too much paint on this paper. That’s my trouble with it. Another thing watercolour shares with poetry. What they don’t share – delete is much easier than paint removal.’

Posted by Carol Shillibeer on her Facebook page, May 11, 2016

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