Racing the Wind by Will Nelson | Splash 12: Celebrating Artistic Vision

This week from our Splash Watercolor art competition we are featuring Racing the Wind by Will Nelson.

Splash: Best of Watercolor  |  Racing the Wind

Watercolor on 300-lb. (640gsm) cold-pressed Arches, 15″ x 22″ (38cm x 56cm)

What Will says about his art:
This painting was primarily composed from on-site sketches of ships with rigging researched from detailed English model ship plans. The animals are drawn from various visual reference sources—both pictorial and video. The whites in the painting are solely from painting around the subjects using the white of the paper rather than disk disturbing the surface of the paper with masking methods. This format allows the painting of subject matter not always practical to sketch from life. Using the painting-in-a-painting composition also allows me to paint imaginary scenes and wildlife along with my first love in painting … the still life.

Will Nelson’s piece Racing the Wind appeared in Splash 12: Celebrating Artistic Vision, published by North Light Books in 2011. Enter the art competition here for your chance to appear in Splash 14 & win other prizes!

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