from structure to harmony
Watercolor is a delicate art, where creativity and emotion depend heavily on the knowledge that you can have of the tools you are using: water, pigments, papers, brushes.
There is no catch-up in case of misjudgment. Two minutes before finishing a painting, an accident can happen and spoil the final result.
The following quotation is given to Einstein: "Genius is 90% of work".
What does work mean in watercolor ? It is practicing again and again, know by heart the reactions of the pigments more or less mixed with water on the paper, know which brush to use for what effect produced, know what mixture of colors will correspond to the color of the sky that is before you to reproduce it as faithfully as possible.
Work in watercolor is the transformation of knowledge into reflexes. Work is forgetting the technique finally mastered in order to make the emotion pass first.
It is like a pianist who would no longer look at the position of his fingers while playing, and who would finally focus on his play and the feelings he wants to share with his audience.
There is another element that must also be managed, and it is not one of the simplest, because there is no "user manual": the structure of the painting.
It is a very subjective element, but it serves to pass (or not) to the spectator the fragile notion of harmony.
Why is a pictorial work beautiful? Why does it provoke admiration, or rejection, or even indifference?
If it is very difficult to answer these questions, the history of painting can give us some answers and make us think about it. The history of painting, but also the history of the measures used by men over the centuries.