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Watercolor Artist August 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 power of travel has been extolled throughout the ages. And the connection between travel and art is also age-old. Even at a time when long-distance travel was left primarily to the world’s high sea adventurers, there were artists on board to capture the experience. Take British explorer Captain James Cook, for example, who charted the Pacific Ocean in the 1770s. Thanks to the efforts of artists who sailed with him, Cook returned from his voyages in the South Seas with illustrated documentation of the animals and plants that he and his crew had encountered. This desire not only to go on a journey, but to document it with art is alive and well today. In this issue, we celebrate this passion. On page 26, you’ll meet three artists whose sketching…

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dina brodsky

“ Birds have been appearing in my paintings and sketchbooks ever since I started painting.” A hit on Instagram, one might say that Dina Brodsky’s series of gouache miniatures profiling birds around the world has taken flight. “Many years ago,” she says, “I fell in love with Islamic miniatures, as well as medieval manuscript illumination, and tried to experiment with some of the techniques those artists used.” Brodsky tried egg tempera and gold leaf before settling on gouache for its less finicky application. Brodsky’s fascination with birds has come primarily from personal experience, watching an elderly woman feed pigeons every morning over a bridge and the frequent occurrence of birds in her favorite poems. “Birds have been appearing in my paintings and sketchbooks ever since I started painting,” the artist says. “I’ve…

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new + notable

/ STUDIO STAPLES / Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor Pencils [$30] Made with innovative technology, these wood-encased pencils feature intense coloring and lightfastness. The fully water-soluble lead allows for precise handling and won’t dry out.FABERCASTELL.COM Gift Wrap [$12] Summer is notoriously full of birthdays, and what better way to celebrate a fellow watercolorist than to bundle a gift in art. Rachel Nieman uses watercolor to create her sweet gift wrap designs.ETSY.COM/SHOP/ARTBYNIEMAN / ON THE SHELVES / Sketches and Sundries [$35] Read about author and artist Abigail Halpin’s inspiration and ideas alongside the sketches, doodles and illustrations that result. Halpin’s colorful, nature-inspired style pops off every page.BLURB.COM/BOOKSTORE Vibrant Watercolours [$25] Make your home studio a creative haven with this colorful book by Hazel Lale, and go beyond the basics of watercolor. Learn how to amp up the drama and create art with…

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back off

there are three elements I look for in a strong composition. First, the painting needs to catch the eye at a distance with a good value and shape construction. Second, the eye needs to be “carried” throughout the picture plane. And, third, the eye needs to arrive at an area of dominance and be held there as long as possible. I’d like to address the third element—the area of dominance—but approach it from a different angle. But, first, an observation and an analogy. It seems that many artists suffer from a case of “Wow! This looks so good that more has got to be better. This strong value contrast gives my painting so much snap, and the intense colors have so much pizzazz, and oh, the detail—let’s have more!” This approach…

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area of dominance

Step 1 I block in the large shapes by establishing their appropriate value. I may need to adjust these to darker values as the painting develops, so pinpoint accuracy isn’t necessary at this stage; however, if I start off too dark with the value construction, I may be in trouble because it’s so difficult to lighten a passage. This is the time for large connecting patterns with many soft edges. I also try to have some representation of the darks established as a goalpost against which to compare the mid-tones and lights. Step 2 Next, I begin to elevate the area of dominance compared to the rest of the painting. I then work on the rest of the painting in support of the area, but I try not to surpass it in degree…

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olive trees at tivoli

The mood of Olive Trees at Tivoli is consistent with Inness’ later work. Composed of muted values, the painting is a harbinger of the Tonalist movement and gives an abiding impression of serenity. The large olive tree is the focal point by virtue of its dominant presence. It’s the only shape that breaks the horizon line. It’s also the painting’s darkest mass and host to the work’s most irregular edges. The composition—a diagonal foreground plane set before a distant, flat expanse—was a favorite of 19th-century artists. Perhaps the most well-known example is The Oxbow by Thomas Cole (American, 1801-1848). Instead of a broad river curling toward the distance, Inness observed a narrow road that leads our eye to the horizon and the miniscule dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Inness apparently painted…