Creativity Workshop: Dynamic Design Responses

You’ll find Mary Todd Beam’s challenge to put your own creative spin on basic compositions in the April 2010 issue of Watercolor Artist. Now find out how readers responded to her call. The “editors’ choice” and the winner of our prize (a six-month subscription to and $50 worth of North Light fine art books) is Catherine Hillis of Round Hill, Virginia, with her painting, Round N’ Round.

Hillis remarks of the process, “This is one of my favorite paintings. It represents repetition with variety, one of the elements of design. Even though this would be considered a realistic depiction of figures traveling around and around the Reichstaag in Berlin, Germany, I was attracted to the repetition of the glass shapes, the silhouetted figures and the reflections that were bouncing off of each other. I approached this piece abstractly, constantly considering how to draw and paint form and shape and not the realism within.”

You’ll find an image of the artist’s winning painting below. Plus, meet our runners up, Diane McCarten, Kay Smith and Marly Cooke whose fine watercolor paintings, Joie, Rush Hour and Holy Cross won nominations from our editorial team. To find out how to send in your work for a chance to win the prize, visit the Creativity Workshop online. Or, pick up your copy of the latest Watercolor Artist magazine.


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