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.
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.