Enjoy this gallery of impressionism-inspired, mosaic-like watercolors by Josy Britton, who is featured in the October 2012 issue of Watercolor Artist.
“The style I invented, as a result of my love of impressionism involves using some mosaic techniques,” says Britton. “I’m interested in the effect of sunlight on color and color that overlaps jewel-like pairs of colors, creating a third color and shape.
“Sentries, for example, was conceived on a bicycle trip in the Netherlands; tall trees guarded the bicycle path. I was interested in playing with the layers of depth. From a distance, the painting easily reads as a row of majestic trees. But as one draws nearer, the depth of field diminishes and one sees interesting patterns and fragments of color.
“When I first saw paintings by Monet, I was intrigued that up close the subject could hardly be made out but, as I backed up, there appeared first two layers of depth and then more until the scene was easily discernible. I couldn’t understand how this effect could be achieved, but over the years, I’ve discovered Monet’s secrets.”
If you’re now inspired to paint some beautiful watercolor trees, check out this book by Claudia Nice, Drawing & Painting Trees in the Landscape.
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