Now that Ladouceur was free, he could totally devote himself to his art and gather around him disciples who wished to learn and artists who shared his ideals. He did not lose a moment between his lecturing and public demonstrations. Every hour he spent in his studio allowed him to paint watercolor upon watercolor, improving further the mastery of his technique.

The more he painted, the more the size of his watercolors grew, as did the size of his brushes, of his palette, of his color cups. To succeed in painting great washes and secure beautiful effects, he had to pick the right sized tool to perform the intended task spontaneously and without hesitation. He knew that a watercolor can not be mended; when it failed, he had to make another one ...

To achieve a great outcome, a second long slight of hand will suffice when well executed, but if any hesitation hampers the rhythm, the vividness of the colors may be compromised, the blending between wet areas does not happen and the magic of watercolor does not operate. Only the methodical and thoughtful repetition of the same gestures allows a watercolorist to tame this stubborn medium.

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