My passion for watercolors began when I started painting – when I was around 4 years old), later on when I was about 8 years old, I learned that there are other mediums, besides watercolors. But going back to my beginning, I knew about crayons, pencils, and color pencils when I was 4 (my mother was a school teacher), but what really called my attention was watercolors.
I started painting with lots of water, and sometimes, I also used saliva to combine them because (according to my mother, and my nannie) water was too messy. So, at an early age, I tasted the watercolor pigments, and noted that almost every color in the palette, tastes different – don’t ask me about specific flavors, but I know for example that black, and brown taste us soil. Later in life, I learned that yes, watercolors paints were made originally from natural pigments found in soil, clay, rocks, etc., hence the name for some of them such as burnt sienna (‘tierra quemada’ in Spanish), which is “[Sienna] … an earth pigment containing iron oxide and manganese oxide.”
More about my journey with watercolors
Over the years, I became more familiar with watercolors, but it is funny that when I was a child, and still a teenager; I did all of my paitings using one brush – because the watercolor tablets usually came with only one brush, and I did not know that brushes are sold independly. And, these days, I use two, three, four, and more brushes to complete a painting, it is amazing how we can do things that we loved even if we don’t have all of the materials at hand, so, what it counts is the passion for the medium (watercolors), and making art. Lesson: even if we have limited amount of resources, we can still make art.
Limited resources can limit our ability to create art, but not always. While I grew up in Honduras, and during my childhood, I lacked a lot of materials to make art, but that did not stop me to made art, and I did a lot paintings as a mentioned above, using only one brush, and very inexpensive paper, and watercolor’s pigments. But I did it. One of the styles I started at this stage in my life is people with long necks. See painting below:
The long neck, and the eyes on the top of the head represent (or, intend to represent), the human need to look above, beyond things… we always want to explore, to go beyond and above we see. The smilie is another characteristic of this type of style, in which the characters are always smiling. Another thing is the use (intentionally) of black lines to emphasize the figure. I am not sure it everybody who see this style of mine like it, but the nice part is that I like it, and enjoy to draw, and paint this type of style.
The characters (or, the figures) in this type of style, tend to wear the same (or, similar) color of clothes – yellow, red, or, orange dresses for the women, and the men, yellow or, blue shirts, and brown pants with black shoes (actually boots). See this painting below:
More about my style of painting
As the time passed, I enjoyed developing my style of long necks, I think it is unique, and I hope that one day, people will know more about this style, which paint people in the whimsical way. The idea started by observing that in Honduras (the country I grew up as a child, and teenager) that peasants almost always wear a hat (to protect from the sun), and booths (to handle the muddy terrain that is constantly wet to frequent rain. So, the boots (in this type of painting style) are almost attached to the rest of the body in which the upper part of the body is clearly visible, but the legs are almost covered (or, substituted) by the black boots. Over the years, I added the blue guitar, and when the guitar is part of the composition, the figure instead of smiling is singing. See below more paintings about this theme/topic/style:
An added element to the composition is the water container, which is made of a pumpkin that grows in Latin America that has the shape of an eight; the pumpkin is usually cleaned (taking the content of it, and then, when it dries, a hole is made at the top (this water container is called, ‘combo’ in Spanish); and it keeps the water fresh under the usually hot weather in which most of the peasants work in their fields (especially corn fields).
If you see the paintings above, please give me your feedback; what do you think about this style?