Hannie: “I regard working with water colours as a game with paint. I want something but the paint wants something different, so together we combine to make ‘something’ attractive. Just like a good yachtsman. He doesn't simply go where the wind blows him, and yet the wind is his best friend.
Once I am working it's like I am in another world. My brush darts across the paper, back to the paint and then across the paper again. Water colouring requires working quickly and with concentration. The paint has a will of its own and so you have to guide it in order to obtain the desired effects. Sometimes it appears as if the paint is getting the upper hand, which can also lead to positive results.
Working with spontaneity
You will work more spontaneously if you are familiar with more techniques and allow your feelings free rein. Many people do not dare this, but you'll find that if you try this you can get great enjoyment from painting.”