Modern Art Watercolour Paintings – Experiencing the Joy of Painting the Landscape

Painting the modern watercolour painting, especially when you are out in the landscape is a marvelously fresh and powerful way to make art. The fluidity of the medium, the quality of the marks and the ability to use the paper as a white – or pure light, is extremely attractive to an artist.
When you add being directly out in front of a beautiful subject in lovely weather, then it can be a really enjoyable experience that can make hours pass in a flash.
What happens in my case (I think) is that I start to become absorbed in looking at the subject. After a while my mind is cleared of thought and mental chatter and I just relax into looking and painting calmly.
My painting frees up after a while and I become less concerned about making mistakes, finding myself responding to what I am looking at in the landscape based on feeling and the drawing process at the same time.
Being in the landscape you see things from within the subject itself. You can observe space and light very differently to a reproduction of a view, as well as picking up qualities such as atmosphere, smells etc. which might affect the way you interpret the view.
The artist’s sensitive temperament can respond directly to its stimulus, learning the ‘nature of nature’ that finds its way into the painted picture.
There are certainly watercolour paintings I have produced directly from the landscape, which I know, would never surface from an attempt made in the studio – it would not have occurred to me to paint them that way. From the use of colour, the shapes made by the brush to the amount of paper left unpainted.
If you have a go at painting en plein air on regular basis, you begin to see why painters such as the great modern master Cezanne were able to use the same motifs or subjects but ended up with unique and fresh paintings.
It is often said that you can paint the same subject the whole of your life. Different paintings emerge from a different you. Your seeing and your perceptions are different every time you come to paint.
So far, (in my experience) studying the same views have not been inhibiting, which is quite a liberating thought.
It seems that en plein air landscape painting brings out an energy, a focus that seems to create different results.