Cinematic Works | Dan Marshall Watercolor Landscapes

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—calling to mind long opening shots in movies that are meant to imply a narrative or set an emotional tone. He achieves this potent quality by manipulating scale and composition.

Marshall, an award-winning watercolor and tattoo artist featured in the August 2016 issue of Watercolor Artist (now available in print here, as a download here and on newsstands June 14), recently moved to Denver, where he opened Atelier 71, a studio gallery and tattoo space. Enjoy this bonus gallery of the artist’s watercolor landscapes that didn’t make it into the printed issue.

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Evening On the Thames (watercolor on paper) by Dan Marshall | watercolor landscapes

Evening On the Thames (watercolor on paper) by Dan Marshall

 

Dan Marshall’s Toolkit for Watercolor Landscapes

Watercolors: Winsor & Newton, Holbein and Daniel Smith
Brushes: Escoda and Isabey
Paper: St Cuthberts Mill Saunders Waterford 140-lb. and 226-lb. rough. “The softness of the surface compared to other brands allows for a mixing of paint directly on the surface of the paper that has no equal,” Marshall says.
Misc.: Holbein folding palette and a plein air watercolor painting box that Marshall built based on a design by Joseph Zbukvic; it fits in the overhead bin on any airplane, so he doesn’t need to check it.

 

 

Family Stroll (watercolor on paper) by Dan Marshall | watercolor landscapes

Family Stroll (watercolor on paper) by Dan Marshall

 

Morning On the Dock (watercolor on paper) by Dan Marshall | watercolor landscapes

Morning On the Dock (watercolor on paper) by Dan Marshall

 

Stacking the Riggers (watercolor on paper) by Dan Marshall | watercolor landscapes

Stacking the Riggers (watercolor on paper) by Dan Marshall

 

 

Read more about Dan Marshall in the August issue of Watercolor Artist.

 

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