“Remembering the Roses: Beginnings” by Catherine Macaulay takes its place in a history of watercolour painting that dates from the cave paintings of paleolithic Europe and continues through the Renaissance to the 21st Century. The classic support for watercolour paint is paper, where the paint’s apparent luminosity is caused by the paper being visible between particles of pigment. To preserve this delicate appearance, watercolour paintings on paper should be framed in glass as soon as possible after purchase, using a mat that prevents frame or glass from touching the paper surface. Where possible, avoid hanging your watercolour painting in direct sunlight, and protect it from cigarette smoke and moisture. Watercolour paint is considered among the most difficult mediums to master, and “Remembering the Roses: Beginnings” by Catherine Macaulay is a truly luminous example of the form.
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