A delicately layered watercolor painting of an evening sky

Watercolor painting of a delicate evening sky
Delicate evening sky

This is one of my old paintings. I’m not sure of the exact year that I painted it but I think that it must have been between 2005 and 2010.

I have thrown away nearly all of my old work from that period but this is one that I kept.

No doubt this is because I find it somewhat beautiful. It is not a great watercolor painting but compared to my other work from that period I think it was one of my more successful watercolor paintings.

And I think the beauty comes from the use of layering one color over another.

The layering of thin glazes of paint creates transparency and a lovely pureness and vibrancy to the colors and I think that is very evident in this painting.

That alone though I don’t think would make it such a beautiful painting.

That delicacy is balanced and enhanced by the bold blue clouds.

I think a good watercolor painting has a combination of delicacy and boldness.

I rarely use that layering technique nowadays but when I look at this painting it makes me realize that I should.

My only regret when I look at this painting is my signature. Why did I put it so high up! It really spoils the painting. I’m almost tempted to remove it even though such an attempt might spoil the painting, 

In the end I decided to not to risk spoiling the painting and left it,