Admittedly, we adore fine art watercolor painting—it’s magic! But what about other ways to use watercolor? One idea currently on our minds (thanks, Pinterest and instagram) is brush lettering with watercolor.
The October 2016 issue of Watercolor Artist is this fall’s must-have watercolor painting resource, featuring tips on plein air sketching, getting the most out of your brushes and using expressive color. Watch this video to preview the work featured in the issue.
“These places I paint, I know them intimately,” says Thomas McNickle of the tranquil surroundings located just minutes from his Pennsylvania home. “Even as a little child, I had two overwhelming interests in life: one was art, and the other was nature." Get his must-have tips for plein air sketching here!
Patricia Guzmán celebrates the indigenous people of Mexico in watercolor portraits that defy stereotype and shine a light on the displaced, disappeared and forgotten. Follow along step-by-step in this stellar watercolor demonstration!
Ian Ramsay pushes his architecture- and maritime-inspired watercolor landscapes beyond the facts of his reference photos to create mood and a feeling of being there. View some of these enchanted vistas here!
Imagien your work in Watercolor Artist. This year we’ve doubled the cash awards for the Watermedia Showcase competition—totaling $4,500! Think about what $2,500, $1,250 or $750 could mean for your art—and what having your watercolor painting appear in print could do for your career.
Entering art competitions is a daunting act; people will actually judge your work, after all. But that’s one of the contributing factors to your growth as an artist. the deadline for the Watermedia Showcase is quickly approaching (on August 1)—enter today!
This post goes out to those artists who every year look through the images among the top selections in the Watermedia Showcase—or any art competition—and think, I’ve done better.
British artist Robin Warnes’ pastel art features abstracted images, but the work is anchored in reality. “I think you can represent the real world without being a slave to it,” he says. View a selection of his still lifes, figures and landscapes here.
If you already keep a sketchbook, you’ll enjoy this look into other artists’ processes. If you don’t have a sketching habit, we hope this issue inspires you to develop one.
When Dan Marshall began working with watercolors, he was immediately taken by the sensitivity of the medium and the atmospheric effects he could achieve in his watercolor landscapes. They feature a broad panning sweep; the compositional staging is highly stylized, abstract and near-cinematic. View a gallery of them here.