The recipe for a good painting can be boiled down to seven basic elements: line, shape, form, space, color, value and texture. But an award-winning painting in an art contest possesses something else as well—an additional ingredient that draws us in again and again and continually offers up new discoveries to ponder and appreciate, something beyond a display of technical prowess. Just what that extra special quality is can be difficult to pinpoint, but the artists who took prizes in this year’s watercolor competition, the 4th annual Watermedia Showcase, offer us clues as they reveal the stories behind their stunning paintings and share the importance of being bold, knowing your subject, adapting and never giving up.
Congratulations to the 4th Annual Watermedia Showcase Winners:
1st Place: Denny Bond | East Petersburg, Pennsylvania
2nd Place: Mark McDermott | Anchorage, Alaska
3rd Place: Patton Hunter | St. Petersburg, Florida
4th Place: William McAllister | Braddock, Pennsylvania
Thomas W. Schaller
Read more about these artists and their paintings in the February 2013 issue of Watercolor Artist, available on newsstands Dec. 25, 2012, or in digital format at northlightshop.com. Or, for just a few more dollars, you can subscribe and get Watercolor Artist for an entire year.
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