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Watercolor Artist

Watercolor Artist August 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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editor’s note

As a lifetime Midwesterner, I can measure out my encounters with the seashore in weeks of vacations taken over the years. Even these limited experiences, however, have been more than enough for me to comprehend the significant power of the ocean—as a force of nature, a trigger of contemplation, and a thing of beauty and awe. The need to interpret the subject using the tools of the artist is a desire shared by painters the world over. “Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.” ROBERT HENRI (1865–1929) In this issue, you’ll meet artists from Australia, England and Serbia who turn to coastal landscapes for inspiration. For David Taylor (on page 16), it’s important to retain a…

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kelly clause

Kelly Clause (artbykel.com) is addicted to water in more ways than one. She’s a surfer—born and raised in Santa Barbara, Calif.—and she’s a watercolor artist, having been introduced to the medium after she was gifted a set of watercolors from her great-grandmother. “After a bit of experimentation, watercolor quickly became my favorite medium,” she says. “It was quick, decisive, daring and unpredictable—all qualities I admire. It’s no wonder I connected with it on multiple levels: Water is the element that gives it life.” In 2017, Clause quit her teaching job to become a full-time artist. “My color palette is often inspired by the ocean and what comprises the shore,” she says. “Similarly, the subjects of my paintings are often waves or creatures that make the ocean their home.” Her marine paintings are…

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new + notable

STUDIO STAPLES Small Rainbow Watercolor Dots [$24] This Etsy shop’s watercolor collection, Color Story, includes this set of 32 repositionable fabric wall decals. They also carry a large set, or you can get the dots customized with letters.ETSY.COM/SHOP/SHOPMEJMEJ Glass Palettes [$25-200] Each of these glass palettes is handmade by artist Jessica Wesolek and can be custom sized. The glass is clear, with no color tint, and the palettes can serve as a pan palette or used for temporary color-mixing. The wells are ⅛-inch deep.JESSICAWESOLEK.COM ON THE SHELVES Chromatopia: An Illustrated History of Color [$40] Author David Coles breaks the history of color into 10 periods, giving the most notable colors from each its own page of interesting facts and a gorgeous photo by Adrian Lander. Perfect for perusing, you’ll learn something from each tightly packed page.THAMESANDHUDSON.COM David Bellamy’s…

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largest collection of whistler’s watercolors on view

After a research team conducted years of research on the Freer Sackler’s 52 watercolors by James Abbott McNeill Whistler—the largest collection of his watercolors in the world—the paintings are being shown in an exhibition this summer. The collaboration included Emily Jacobson, a paper conservator; Blythe McCarthy, a scientist; and Lee Glazer, an art historian. They peeled back layers of history to determine how, exactly, Whistler made his watercolors and with what materials. The research included X-ray technology, infrared photography and UV-induced visible fluorescent photography to reveal covered elements in Whistler’s work. One finding showed a watermark on one of the artist’s mounted watercolors. The watermark reads “J. Whatman/ Turkey Mill/189?,” which means that the paper was made by well-known and respected 18th-century British paper-maker James Whatman. FREERSACKLER.SI.EDU…

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edward hopper, en plein air

Hopper painted, in effect, a profile portrait of the locomotive. To avoid producing a static image, art students often are counseled not to place a subject dead-center. Hopper violated that composition rule, yet the design is effective. Hopper painted the blue sky using freely applied washes. Working rapidly, he retained a sharp edge at the top of the clouds. The dramatic white shape helps to frame the locomotive, riveting our attention on its dark metallic contour. Based on their placement, the clouds provide a sense of movement. They seem to suggest steam rising from the smokestack of the dormant engine. The composition is successful, in large part, because of the machine’s irregular shapes and the active diagonals of clouds and of shadows on the ground. Foreground shadows, presumably cast by nearby trees, were painted…

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dropping in

This past year I was sidelined due to illness, but was nevertheless anxious to continue painting while in recovery. My endurance was limited, so I needed a new, faster way of working. Even though I already painted in a rapid, loose style, I needed to shorten my painting time to stay within my energy allowance. PAINTING WITH A DROPPER That was when I pulled out a set of Dr. Ph. Martin’s radiant concentrated watercolors—paints sold in small glass bottles with eyedroppers—and decided to paint directly using the dropper instead of a brush. I didn’t dilute the paint; instead, I used it full strength to achieve very dark values. Referring to a sketch I previously had made from a live model session, I started to draw directly on the surface using the dropper. The…