I'm just freshly back from workshop, with a well known watercolor painter, (who paints and teaches her "wet on wet" technic), and who's name I prefer not to divulge here in respect to her.
I learned and understood a huge lot, of this extremely difficult and delicate watercolor technique. I think I got what I came for, the answers to my questions and much more about how to prepare a painting and new working methods. Of course she treated and explained things such as preparing the paper and making the washes with the right quantity of pigments/water. How to paint a subject without drawing on beforehand, during a precise period of time making precise gestures at exact timing.
Sadly the weather was rainy (as usual this year in France) wich made it hard to work and impossible to work outdoors. Time flew. I thought I would paint more myself during the stay, but I now know that couldn't be possible as the afternoons were too short and the mornings where planned for demonstrations and explanations. Very instructive moments.
It feels right now as watercolor represent less mysteries to me. But a lot of practice will be needed if I want to get close to a nice result, if I ever get so far.
The whole week I laughed a lot and made new friends, who I hope I'll have the chance to see again.
As a conclusion I can only say; although my "grains" are very tiny I'm filled with hope and joy...