Fast and loose with Watkins

Watercolor is a fast medium. Look closely and all of WR Watkins’ paintings reveal a trace of speed. But he dashed off an especially rapid exercise now and then, a quick sketch in the moment, an instantaneous figure study excluding detail in favor of gesture or quirk of pose. These three examples from the 1950’s/60’s show an efficient use of one or two colors, the wet brush, the elimination of background and a sense of incompleteness typical of fast work. And yet they are unmistakably Watkins.

WR Watkins nude sketch c.1960WR Watkins nude sketch c.1950 WR Watkins nude sketch c.1960

Posted Sunday, February 7th, 2010 under W Reginald Watkins, WR Watkins.

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