2006 Acvatica

My first watercolor on yupo

One day in 2006, I happened to be in Daniel Smith Artist Supply store to buy some pastels ( at that time I thought that pastel will be my preferred art medium) when one sales girl invited me to attend a demo ” Hands on –  watercolor on yupo” which was just about to start. I remained for the Demo and I had an unforgettable experience. On several tables were pieces of yupo, sets of watercolor, water and brushes and after some explanation we were all invited to paint on yupo. What is yupo? It is a sheet of white flexible plastic without absorbancy, on which watercolor dries in vivid colors. The colors can be washed away under running water and restart painting. Not painting since my college time, almost five decades ago, made me very emotional. My heart started pounding, my whole body was excited, seeing the miracle colors flowing and mingling on the surface of yupo. It is hard to describe how deeply I reacted at the look of color and what happened to them on the surface of yupo. I was totally mesmerized. Before leaving Daniel Smith store I bought some watercolor and yupo. In the evening, sitting on the side of my bed, with a piece of yupo on my lap, still feeling  strongly my early emotion, I quickly painted my second watercolor, a small landscape from memory, recalling  the hills of  Breaza in Romania. Seeing these two watercolors now, five years later, make me rememember those unforgettable  magic moments of excitement and happiness.

2006 Post Breaza


Starting painting with watercolor on yupo made me easily to adapt to it’s specific demands, while people who are used first to watercolor on paper find it very difficult. I found that I can approach yupo using two basic methods, one mixing wet colors on its surface and let them dry mostly untouched, to preserve their fluid aspect or using a wet brush to rearrange already dried watercolor applied earlier on the surface of yupo. I love working on yupo and I am sure that I will return to it.

Beauty is the promise of Happiness.” Stendhal