The editors of Watercolor Artist magazine are pleased to announce the winner of our latest painting challenge! In the April 2013 issue of Watercolor Artist, Bev Jozwiak challenged readers to explore painting around a theme or series. The “editors’ choice” is Annie Strack, whose painting, Red & White Dinghy (above; watercolor on paper), was the winning take on the challenge. The artist shares her thoughts on the painting process:
“I love painting small boats, and I’m always trying to come up with new subjects and compositions that will make these seascapes more unique and interesting. In this painting, I try to emphasize the size difference of the two boats—the small inflatable is nearly overwhelmed by the hull of the large ship it’s tied up next to, and I cropped out all other background distractions to dramatize the difference between the two vessels. The golden light of sunset bounces off the hull of the ship and illuminates the dingy with a warm glow. Most of the subject is in the shadows, except where the light is reflected off the hull and onto the surface of the water.
“By working in a series, I learn more about a subject, style or medium. When I first started painting boats, my paintings were static. I had a tendency to center a single boat in a boring composition surrounded by blue water and sky. Through the series process, I’ve learned to create more challenging compositions in my paintings and focus more on common subjects that are often overlooked.”
Congratulations to Annie and all who entered their paintings. Our talented winner will receive a copy of Watercolor Artist’s 2012 CD archive.
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