Artspan sits down with water color artists Louise De Masi.
Your work seems more defined than many watercolors—with more detail and harder edges. How do you achieve this effect?
I am a lover of detail. I seek order and I like everything to be neat and tidy. I suppose my art reflects that part of my personality. It’s difficult for me to be loose and free. I worked for a long time in acrylic paint and I produced highly detailed paintings. Watercolor is a new medium for me. I have only been using it for a few years.
To achieve a more defined look I prefer to use Hot pressed paper. It’s smoother and allows me to add lots of layers to achieve greater detail. I use a larger brush to paint the initial washes but then I switch to smaller, finer brushes to achieve the detail that I am after.