Watercolor cityscapes and landscapes by Daniel Napp feature an expressive style and dramatic light effects that bring a modern vibe to traditional European scenes.
His technique for compelling scenes builds off open forms and surprising color juxtapositions. “A good watercolor appears like a collection of simple shapes that are painted without effort,” the German artist says. “I’m fascinated by the irony of it taking a lifetime of study to achieve this look.
“I learned to paint what I see and not what I know about things,” Napp says. “I also ceased holding myself to a set vision of what a finished work will look like once I commence painting. These days, I’m more open to the process of exploration. I’ve learned that expectations just limit the fun of watercolor. I find that when I surprise myself, chances are better that viewers of my work are going to be surprised, too.”
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