Painting on site, a watercolorist has to overcome many obstacles beyond mosquitoes, dirt, sun and wind. We went straight to the pros to glean the joys and pains of plein air painting, and received expert tips no artist should do without. Find a few of these gems—and dazzling watercolors—here!
View the experimental pastel landscapes of Stan Bloomfield, who earned the Pastel Journal Award of Excellence in the 16th Annual Pastel 100 Competition.
We’re always pumped to get our hands on the latest issue of Watercolor Artist, but the April issue’s release is extra special, as it contains the results of the annual Watermedia Showcase competition!
Enjoy this gallery of Watercolor Artist's 6th Annual Watermedia Showcase winners, the finest watercolor painting you’ll see all year.
Asheville, N.C., artist Melanie Norris employs a restraint in her watercolor portraits, painting just enough detail to capture a likeness. View some of these captivating works here, and read more about her in the April 2015 issue of Watercolor Artist.
The watercolor paintings of Keinyo White show us the figure and nothing but the figure. The model’s surroundings are absent, aside from perhaps a chair, and in many cases even his or her clothing is rendered minimally. View some of the artist's striking watercolor portraits and figures here!
Diane Rappisi uses vibrant color to play up the drama in her pastel landscapes and still lifes. View some of these gorgeous works in this gallery from Pastel Journal.
In her new book, The Artist’s Color Guide: Watercolor—Understanding Palette, Pigments and Properties, artist and best-selling author Hazel Soan explores each color of the rainbow—chapter by chapter—to help you select, mix and combine color with confidence to create your own radiant watercolor paintings. Here she shares how she employs blue and a less-is-more approach...
Melanie Lacki‘s expressive still life watercolor paintings explore the reflective surfaces of glass and pay homage to family, friends and favorite artists. “My subject matter is chosen based on a special emotional reaction I get when observing things around me,” says Lacki, referring to the mementos, books, fruit, fabric, shells and more that take center stage...
Dean Mitchell wields his brush with soft, yet deft, strokes of controlled edges and subtle transitions to honor the spirit of oft-overlooked people and places. Paintings that at first glance appear to be straightforward, realistic renderings turn out, on closer inspection, to be highly organized compositions in which careful editing and orchestration of tone...
View watermedia works by the 10 up-and-coming artists selected as Watercolor Artist's 2014 Ones to Watch in this online-exclusive gallery.