Watercolor artist Anni Crouter has spent her entire life surrounded by animals. Growing up, she lived in an apartment above her dad’s veterinary clinic in Flint, Michigan. Today she calls that same city home, but she now spends many of her days in a studio above a different veterinary business—this one belonging to her husband. This continuous proximity to two- and four-legged creatures helps to explain how Crouter creates such dynamic, lifelike paintings of animals: She’s been observing their movements—and rendering them—since before she was even able to read.
In the October 2013 issue of Watercolor Artist, Crouter shares how she captures color, light, value and composition in big, dramatic paintings while looking for new ways to depict the animal world with transparent watercolors—and a bit of gouache every now and then, too.
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