Watercolor Paintings With Texture: View. Create.

If you read the recent ArtistsNetwork newsletter titled See the Story in This Landscape, then you’re already at least a little familiar with Rachel Rubin Wolf’s Splash 16: Exploring Textures. The new news, if you will, is that whereas Splash 16 had been available for pre-orders in the previous newsletter, it’s now available in the North Light Shop, ready to be shipped to you right away.

Here are two of our team’s favorite paintings from this collection, which features the watercolor paintings of more than 100 contributing artists.

Watercolor painting by Kris Parins | ArtistsNetwork.com

Nine Bicycles (transparent watercolor on 140-lb. Canson/Arches cold-pressed watercolor board, 19.5×29.5) by Kris Parins

Nine Bicycles by Kris Parins

“While traveling in Austria, I glanced into a courtyard and was struck by the contrast of a contemporary tangle of bicycles against ancient arches. A quick photo served as a reminder for a future studio painting. My intention was to use minimal detail to describe the scene and let the viewer’s eye supply the rest. Using a technique of masking and pouring, I was able to merge value shapes to eliminate the detail of the bicycles while still communicating the sense of arrested motion. With only a suggestion of rough plaster on the columns, the architecture remains quiet and timeless in the background.”

Watercolor painting by Ryan Fox | ArtistsNetwork.com

Walk Down the Street (transparent watercolor on 140-lb. cold-pressed Arches, 21×15) by Ryan Fox

Walk Down the Street by Ryan Fox

“I worked outside of my comfort zone for this painting, using masking fluid and poured paint, techniques I rarely use. The viscosity of masking fluid makes it difficult to apply in fine continuous lines. I used a watered-down version (with longer drying time) so I could spatter mask on top of previous layers or paint it on with a watercolor brush. First I masked graphic shapes to suggest architecture and followed by pouring primary colors onto the surface. I repeated this process several times until I reached the desired values. I added salt to wet paint to liven negative areas. The finished artwork is a representational abstraction of a city scene.”

Wolf, the editor of Splash 16, says, “Texture, unlike tonal value, is not usually the foundation of a painting. Texture acts not as the steel girders of a building, but as architectural ornamentation with its vast decorative styles and motifs that give beauty and interest to a structure.”

How true! This is seen time and again in the works of Splash 16. Get your copy of this beautiful hardbound collection today, so you can be inspired by the watercolor paintings and learn what techniques the artists used to get these gorgeous results.

Yours in art,

Cherie Haas, online editor
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