Side note of strange things, for about two years I taught for Tacoma Community College at the Gig Harbor Extension. I was given a watercolor class to teach once, a media in which I am not very good. I spent the entire time finding odd things you can do with watercolors. If you wonder why I taught the class in the first place the answer would be ... I needed the money!
I stumbled upon a painter I had not heard of and found myself delighted by his work. Perhaps it is the people scampering all around - or the quality of the light - or perhaps because I had not seen his work before.
Roger for me any medium be it oil, acrylic , gouache, photos or watercolor does not have a must be. The trick is to make the medium conform to your concept whatever that might be. So I think a watercolor could be all the things you listed or none of those things. Depends on if the artist is able to communicate what they are striving for or not.
Roger, just for a laugh:::::I entered as a new student, unfamiliar with Watercolor, and its' Requirements, as you described/
Got out the water, the brushes, sat down, opened the little tubes on to the painting page!!! with a hefty squeeze, lollllllllllllllllll,
Got thrown out ! On the spot.
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