Watercolor painting is a very old medium. It can be traced back perhaps to the cave paintings of paleolithic Europe. It has been used to illustrate manuscripts since at least ancient Egyptian times. In the European middle ages manuscripts were illuminated with watercolor and woodblock prints were hand tinted for use with early printed books.
Artists since the Renaissance have used watercolors for sketches and color studies. Watercolor was also employed to create finished works of fine art.
Botanical and wildlife artists have used watercolor to fine effect in their depictions of the natural world. The western world was seen for the first time in Europe through the medium of watercolor.
I the 19th and 20th centuries, watercolor has been used to create many beautiful works that are alive with brilliant color and spontaneous energy.
The watercolors I am showing here are based on sketches done in a style of free association conceived as they were drawn. Very little is changed from the original drawing. As Paul Klee would have said “I took the line out for a walk”.