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The Most Common Mistake Artists Make Is …

Artist and author Joyce Hicks speaks to the most common mistake that beginning artists make in the introduction to her new book, Beautiful Watercolor Landscapes. Her love of painting is infectious, as you’ll see. I have to tell you, it was hard to decide exactly what to feature here, as her writing is as...

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Splash 16 Winners Announced

Congratulations to the 121 artists selected for North Light Books’ latest watercolor competition Splash 16: Exploring Texture! If you see your name below, please check your email accounts (and junk boxes) for instructions on next steps. You will receive an email from us with the subject line “Splash 16 Winner Notification” no later than...

Mexican Back Road by Stan Miller

Watercolor, Egg Tempera Blend Power, Subtlety | Stan Miller

Stan Miller has an eye that’s equally fascinated by explosive drama and the quietest subtleties. In his watercolor and egg tempera paintings, he combines the excitement of powerful light sources and blazing highlights with passages of closely keyed color that are exquisitely judged. His portraits are precisely observed, but they also transmit expressions and...

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On Sabbaticals and Lifelines | Carla O’Connor

A yearlong sabbatical outside the classroom gave workshop instructor and watercolor artist Carla O’Connor time for reflection, renewal and reconnection. “I had begun a group of paintings several years ago,” O’Connor says, “but my workshop schedule had monopolized a majority of my time and attention, causing me to put the works aside. While on leave, though,...

Ta' Pawlina by Peter Quinn

Drawn to Paint | Peter Quinn

English artist Peter Quinn relies on drawing—something he greatly enjoys—as the foundation for the bold color and strong shapes of his watercolor paintings, most often of townscapes. He takes a sketchbook with him on all of his painting excursions, filling it with lively, linear-style drawings in waterproof ink. These days, he takes a watercolor box, too,...

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Painting Watercolor Flowers: Orchids

In Painting Watercolor Flowers: Orchids, you’ll see two different approaches to painting flowers using tried-and-true watercolor techniques from Joyce Faulknor and Guy Magallanes. These painting partners approach the same subject—an exotic orchid— from two different methods, with Guy painting light to dark, glazing one color at a time, and Joyce takes a looser approach,...