• Keiko Hayner

My watercolor paint tubes from 20 years ago

I was working on two pieces of painting as a new project the last couple of days. I have been painting a lot of animals lately, but I decided to do some realistic look of food (Mushrooms & Herbs). They were challenging for sure, but they turned out more satisfying than I expected. I couldn't be happier.

After those pieces were finished, I put my watercolor paint tubes back in my round metal tin container and stared at them for a while. I went back to my memories and questioned myself when and why I bought them. Back in my art college years all I used was called poster color painting. They are similar to gouache painting, but thicker. They have bold colors, are predictable and require the right consistency of the paints. For a person who is used to this kind of paint, watercolor was extremely scary. They were very unpredictable because they bleed colors, seemed to look weak and most importantly were just simply difficult to use because I had no idea how to use them. But for some reason I purchased a set of Holbein watercolor paint tubes, thinking "I hope I could use them someday..." about 20 years ago and brought them in my suitcase to the U.S. in 2004 a month after graduating the art college. Then now I use them daily as my treasures for my creativity. I felt strange about how this all came around all the way to today and gave me some chill. Maybe I knew instinctively that I would use them back when I was 19 year old? I can never answer this, but I thought it was an interesting experience.

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