"If tonal value is the structure – the bones and muscle – of the painting, the illusion of light gives a painting its soul. . . . There would be no art, no life, without light."
-Rachel Wolf (p5)
Like moths to a flame, watercolor artists are forever fascinated, sometimes obsessed and often frustrated by their quest to capture the elusive qualities of light. Splash 19 showcases 125+ shining successes, fresh out of the studios of today's top artists.
These artists revel in the possibilities of light, reflection, refraction and shadows. Their paintings celebrate the magic that happens when light dances across the landscape, bounces around a still life or pierces a rainy city night. From the riot of reflections on water, to a cat basking in the sun, to the inner glow of innocence in a child’s expression . . . light brings this work to life.
Alongside each painting, commentary from the artist offers firsthand insight into how they use light to create mood, tell a story or evoke a sense of time and place. A brilliant representation of contemporary watercolor, this 19th volume continues the proud tradition that has made Splash the longest-running "best of watercolor" competition series.
"A gift of painting is this power to create the light we want to tell the story we choose."
-Kathryn Keller Larkins (p 31)
"Light can change a rather ordinary subject into something extraordinary!"
-Kathie George (p44)
"While painting, I became absorbed again by the emotional power of light streaming into a darkened room to create a beautiful tableau from a modest glass of flowers."
-David Cox (p112)
"I find nothing more magical than wandering through forests of towering trees letting dappled streams of light filter their way toward me, challenging me to capture that moment in time."
-Erica Qualey (p128)
Rachel Rubin Wolf is a freelance editor and artist. She has edited and written many books for North Light including Watercolor Secrets; the Splash: Best of Watercolor series, the Strokes of Genius: Best of Drawing series; The Best of Wildlife Art (editions 1 and 2); The Best of Portrait Painting; Best of Flower Painting 2; The Acrylic Painter’s Book of Styles and Techniques; Painting Ships, Shores and the Sea; and Painting the Many Moods of Light. She also has acquired numerous fine art book projects for North Light Books and has contributed to magazines such as Fine Art Connoisseur and Wildlife Art.
|Instructor||Rachel Rubin Wolf|
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