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Watercolor Artist December 2018

Packed with page after gorgeous page of illustrations demonstrating tried-and-true techniques, inspirational ideas and the most up-to-date information about must-have painting tools and materials, watercolorists find everything they need in WATERCOLOR ARTIST to help them create stunning art...from start to finish.

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editor’s note

“The only real battle in life is between hanging on and letting go.” —SHANNON L. ALDER blame it on Little Women, but I have a visceral reaction when I hear anyone talk about throwing creative work into the fire—metaphorically or otherwise. Toss it into a bottom drawer? Sure. Stick it in the back of a closet? Absolutely. But set it into a fire and watch it burn? That instantly conjures up the scene of a weeping Jo March, mourning the loss of the only copy of her novel, with her pitiful, guilt-ridden little sister, Amy, whimpering nearby. I can hardly bear it. This is why I was struck when not just one but two artists in this issue revealed that they burn work if they’re not happy with it. Artist L.S. Eldridge…

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devdatta padekar

“The vast expanses of land with rows of white mountains in the background were dotted with barns and roaming Icelandic horses.” Artist Devdatta Padekar didn’t know what to expect from the weather when he accepted a month-long artist residency last March in Skagaströnd, Iceland, population 500. “As the name ‘Iceland’ suggests,” says Padekar, “it was, in actuality, a land covered in ice.” Padekar had previous experiences painting in ever-changing mountainous regions, in the Himalayas and the Alps, and felt prepared for the inevitable unpredictability. That’s why he was so taken by surprise when he was first confronted by the winds. “Winds reached speeds of almost 40 miles per hour, and during one such storm, I decided to venture out with my camera in hand, recording as I made my way across the…

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holiday gift guide

FOR THE YOUNG AT ART Watercolor Palette Enamel Pin [$16] Perfect for pinning on a backpack or pencil case and just the right size for stuffing in a stocking, this adorable enamel pin will brighten up the day of any budding artist in your life.NATTYMICHELLEPAPERIE.COM A Journey Through Art: A Global History [$23] Disguised education is the crux of any childhood holiday, and this book, which traces art from prehistoric times to the present day, is a journey that children will devour without question.THAMESANDHUDSON.COM FOR THE COLOR ADDICT Rainbow Bud Vase Set [$115] Handmade in Plainwell, Mich., Heidi Fahrenbacher’s set of seven bud vases would make a thoughtful gift for any artist, and can be lined up to highlight the rainbow effect, or broken up into smaller pairs.UNCOMMONGOODS.COM Watercolor Abstract Pillow Cover [$71] This 20x20-inch pillow cover by designer…

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watercolors from the permanent collection

A collection of 14 fan-favorite watercolors from The Ringling Museum of Art’s permanent collection is now on display in a show that draws from late 18th- through 20th-century paintings and includes landscapes to figure studies and architectural renderings. The show features paintings by American and European artists, including John Ruskin, Auguste Rodin and a few lesser-known landscapes by Charles Ephraim Burchfield. Other works showcase some of the more practical applications of the medium, including artwork for the theater. John H. Phillips’ design of the art museum’s façade will also be shown. RINGLING.ORG…

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small vessel in a choppy sea

to refer to a painting as an early work by an artist who lived to be only 25 years old seems absurd, but that’s the case with Small Vessel in a Choppy Sea, painted by Richard Parkes Bonington (English, 1802-1828) when he was about 16. The artist had just moved with his family from England to France, where he became an informal pupil of Louis Francis. Around the time he painted this watercolor, Bonington began copying at the Louvre; initiated an ill-fated period of study with the illustrious Baron Antoine-Jean Gros; and met Eugène Delacroix, who would become his great friend and rival. Also, Géricault’s Raft of the Medusa was just installed at the Paris Salon. This was the creative cauldron into which the adolescent Bonington was placed. The young artist…

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a hair-raising adventure

one of the features shared by most mammal species is that their bodies are covered in structures known individually as hairs and collectively as fur. The furry coats of animals come in many different iterations—long or short; solid, spotted or striped; dense or sparse; soft or coarse; colorful or drab. When you look at an animal, you perceive these general attributes of fur more than individual hairs, and if you paint fur effectively, viewers will get the same impression. Because cats are my primary painting subjects, I’ve observed that there are distinctive fur features that vary not only among cat breeds, but also among individual felines. The more I’ve tried experimenting with different techniques for painting fur, the more I become comfortable with painting cats. PAINTING FUR Whether you paint cats, dogs, rabbits…

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