the immense difficultly in layering watercolor or painting
over a mistake. Outside of elementary schools, only very
experienced artists will work with this media.
W a t e r c o l o r paintings are quite beautiful;
unfortunately they are less popular with the buying public
than other media. The first reason for this is watercolors
must be framed behind glass. This is to keep oils and dust
off the paint and keep the paper from warping. The second
reason is, because watercolor works can be created in a
shorter time than oils, many people fail to give them proper
Pencil sketches are next on our visit. Through
history there have been tremendously talented masters of
the pencil. Leonardo DaVinci is perhaps the best
example. In fact, in European art schools (till this day)
masters start their students using pencil. With pencil these
masters can create drawings so realistic they will take your
breath away. By learning to sketch with pencil, an artist will
develop an affinity for light, perspective, shape, and
shadowing; all of which are the principal elements for
creating realistic works of art.
The final stop on our tour of wall art is i n k
drawings. These are not drawings done with a common
office pen; they are done with colored inks specially
treated against UV rays. There is a small variety of
drawing pens an artist can use, although most will elect to
work with a fountain pen. The chemical formulas used in
today's inks ensures these drawings can last for up to a
century, if done on acid-free paper.
As we travel from wall art towards sculptures, here's
a true story about a famous painting titled "Le Bateau,"
which when translated means "The Boat."