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.
Bill Hook reveals the uncommon beauty in urban structures through watercolor painting, filling his work with images of grain elevators, bascule bridges and structures made of concrete, rivets and steel.
The immediate sense of recognition we feel looking at a pastel portrait by Melissa Dring may well be influenced by another side of the English artist’s life: her work as a police forensic artist. She combines her skills in forensic drawing and portraiture to intriguing effect with her portrait of English novelist Jane Austen.
The June issue of Watercolor Artist is brimming with artists who have stepped out of their creative refuge and changed their work forever as a result—including James Toogood, José Apaza, Graham Flatt, Jill Krasner, Richard Sneary, Brienne Brown, Glen Knowles and more. Watch this preview to get an idea of the fantastic featured artwork.
Three pros—Richard Sneary, Brienne Brown and Glen Knowles—share their best tips for watercolor painting en plein air in the June 2016 issue of Watercolor Artist. View a gallery of their work here, along with some bonus pointers!
For Jill Krasner, making art is all about freedom and joy. She loves the whimsy, the dreamlike quality and the fantasy she can bring to an abstract watercolor. View a gallery of her multimedia works here.
This post comes to you live from Houston, Texas, at the International Art Materials Trade Association’s 2016 Art Materials World convention and trade show. We're here to scour the trade show floor and spot the latest and greatest art supply store merchandise on the market, and then share it with you!