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Watercolor Artist

April 2019

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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United States
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English
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F+W Media, Inc. - Magazines
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editor’s note

(PHOTO BY CARA HUMMEL) The best portraits, as we know, do much more than capture a likeness. If we only want to record what a person looks like (and there’s a need for that, too), we can—as artist Jamie Wyeth reminds us—simply take a snapshot. If it’s something more meaningful we’re after, though, it doesn’t matter whether the model is the Queen of England or the Queen’s gardener, the truly memorable portraits are those that capture our attention and transport us—as only great art can do. “When painting portraits, a lot of people say, ‘Why not get a photograph of the person?’ Photography is wonderful, and it is an art form in itself, but ... my portrait is a culmination of elements ... a truer image of a person than…

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texas watercolor society

This year, the Texas Watercolor Society celebrates 70 years of inspiring, teaching and showcasing local artists. The Society is planning an anniversary exhibition with calls for entries in February and artist Carol Carter as juror of the entries. The show will open May 29 and offer workshops with Carter at the Kelso Art Center of the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.The founders of the society were Amy Freeman Lee and Margaret Bosshardt Pace Willson, bold and worldly artists who — in 1949 — took charge in an era when leadership wasn’t often encouraged in women. “They were very active in San Antonio and traveled the globe, frequently visiting Europe to study the art there,” says Publicity Chair Martha Philipp. “They gave exceptional gifts to the McNay…

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new + notable

STUDIO STAPLES Hallberg Watercolor Rainbow Area Rug [$120] This 5x8-foot watercolor-print rug is a bold way to show your studio guests exactly where your priorities lie. It also comes in an 8x10 size—and may even serve as natural camouflage for escaped paint drips.WAYFAIR.COM SINDstudio Ceramics [$24-$30] Dima and Nadya Gurevich run the Israel-based ceramics studio, SIND, with a focus on the principles of functional design and artful everyday objects. Their watercolor plates are imbued with “playful sensibility.” Perfect for your studio snack.ETSY.COM/SHOP/SINDSTUDIO ON THE SHELVES A Piece of the World [$28] A must-read for any Andrew Wyeth admirer, this novel by Christina Baker Kline weaves a narrative around the artist’s famous painting, Christina’s World, by combining details…

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taking home the prize

Fishing Boat (watercolor on paper, 15x224/5) In the recent National Watercolor Society’s (NWS) International Open Exhibition, NWS signature member Lian Mei Tsai won the Watercolor Artist Magazine Award for his ambitious painting Fishing Boat, which he says was conjured from the memories of his childhood. “When I was young,” says Tsai, “I liked boats. It was a hard living for my parents, and I didn’t go out much. I only had bumpy rides and old houses. The port and boats by the sea were hotbeds for my childhood imagination.”His memories include frame-like narratives: “The coast of Kaohsiung, the distance to the fishing boat, my grandmother’s ancient home,” says the artist, “can never be forgotten at heart.” Tsai’s goals for the future include incorporating Eastern calligraphy into Western paintings.…

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mix it up

One topic that’s often overlooked in discussions of color theory is the idea that there are various techniques used to mix and apply color. Each method produces different results, sometimes surprisingly so, even with the same colors. Let’s look at five different ways to mix watercolor—both on the palette and on paper—and how to use transparent paints as opaques to achieve desired effects. MIXING COLORS ON THE PALETTE Most painters mix colors on the palette. It’s safe; what you see is what you get. But keep in mind that when mixing complementary colors, you reduce the chroma, or purity, which often results in grays. To avoid muddy color, be especially mindful when combining opaque and transparent paints. MIXING COLORS ON THE PAPER Mixing watercolors on the…

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color-mixing studies

Color-mixing studies are invaluable because they take a lot of the guesswork out of color mixing, providing a road map for successful paintings. These five exercises can be completed in a matter of minutes. You’ll need at least one dark color and its complement; I used cobalt blue and orange lake. Take notes and keep a journal for future reference. Mixing on the Palette Mix a dark gray-black directly onto the palette using the two colors. Paint a 2x1-inch vertical rectangle on the paper using a neutral mixture. Next, create a warmer and cooler version of the dark mix. Wet-Into-Wet Paint a 2x1-inch rectangle of each color, leaving a 1-inch space between them. While both colors are wet, take a brush loaded with clean water and…

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