It’s official: Watercolor Artist is in its mid-twenties! The first issue of your favorite watercolor magazine appeared on newsstands in 1993. And this got us thinking, what a memorable year that was! Here are the highlights, but be sure to leave a comment about what you remember about 1993.
From 1993 to Now
In 1993, the average cost of a new car was $12,750. A new house, on average, set you back $113,000. Tuition at Harvard required scholars to pay out $23,500 versus today’s $43,000. But that’s not all that happened…
From Our World Leaders…
There was a pre-Inaugural concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on January 17, 1993 (pictured above).
And, other leaders on the world stage included France President François Mitterrand and General Secretary of the CPSU Boris Yeltsin.
In October of 1993, Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their successful efforts to end apartheid in South Africa and introduce fully representative democracy. Mandela went on to become President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.
…To World-Class Entertainment
Whitney Houston told us how much she loved us, straight to the top of the charts, with her number one song, “I Will Always Love You.”
We ran from dinosaurs in the number one movie of the year, Jurassic Park.
On the small screen, we were watching Seinfeld, Roseanne and NYPD Blue. The show Frasier debuted in September, continuing the story of psychiatrist Frasier Crane. The show introduced Eddie, who instantly became everyone’s favorite TV dog.
And Let’s Not Forget Our 1993 Treasures!
We thought we’d be billionaires from our favorite Beanie Babies, which launched in 1993. In the mid- to late-1990s, these cute-to-the-max stuffed animals were all the rage!
They were collected not only as toys but also as a financial investment due to the high resale value of some — that is, if you didn’t clip off those precious heart-shaped tags.
And Watercolor Magic splashed onto the scene!
Watercolor Magic soon changed its frequency (from quarterly to bimonthly), and in 2008, it changed its name to Watercolor Artist.
However, the mission — 25 years later — has remained unaltered: to inspire, inform and instruct artists and to celebrate the very best work being done in watermedia today.
Celebrating Watercolor Artist‘s 25th Anniversary
Although it’s hard to calculate inspiration, if you estimate the number of paintings that typically appear in one issue of Watercolor Artist and multiply it by the number of issues that have been published in 25 years, you get a rather staggering sum.
By this math, the magazine has shared approximately 6,500 works of watercolor with readers in this quarter of a century. Not too shabby!
We’re celebrating our anniversary with a special edition of Watercolor Artist. The new issue introduces a fresh new design, as well as new columns and plenty of celebratory content to inspire your next efforts in this marvelous medium!
Let’s cheers to another 25 years exploring all watermedia has to offer.