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Watercolor Artist

Watercolor Artist June 2020

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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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6 Issues

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1 min.
editor’s note

Although A. A. Milne was speaking of the adventure awaiting a young boy and his stuffed bear, the quote below could be pasted on the front of any artist’s sketchbook. Whether it’s used to capture picturesque scenes from a grand expedition or to record more everyday outings; whether it functions solely as a place to draw or also becomes a place to test colors, log ideas and journal thoughts; or whether it’s all of the above, a sketchbook is always a place to capture the creative adventure. “As soon as I saw you, I knew a grand adventure was about to happen.”—A. A. MILNE (1882–1956), WINNIE-THE-POOH In this issue, you’ll be introduced to a number of artists who enjoy painting on the go. Suzie Garner, for instance, is a Colorado artist who…

1 min.
mary whyte

For seven years, internationally renowned artist Mary Whyte traveled the country sketching, photographing and interviewing along the way. Her mission: to paint 50 large-scale watercolor portraits of current-day American veterans—one from each and every state. We the People: Portraits of Veterans in America is Whyte’s remarkable series depicting military veterans of all ages, from all walks of life. Portraits of a Pennsylvania science teacher, a South Carolina single mother, a Missouri dairy farmer and scores of others make up a showcase of real people, with real stories, that’s both powerful and timeless. The multifaceted project also includes a book, We the People (University of South Carolina Press). It also inspired the founding of a new nonprofit, Patriot Art Foundation. The foundation seeks to honor veterans, provide support as they return to civilian…

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coming soon

Watercolor Is for Everyone: Simple Lessons to Make Your Creative Practice a Daily Habit [$22.99] In this beautiful book, to be released in August 2020, artist Kateri Ewing guides you through a series of simple creative projects using a soulful, meditative and reflective process. Learn how to build a daily practice, set intentions and create, even if you have just 10 minutes a day. Projects draw inspiration from poetry, music, literature and the natural world, and invite experimentation with a variety of resources. You’ll pursue your personal passions through accessible projects as you build your artistic skills, confidence and creativity.QUARTOKNOWS.COM 3000 Color Mixing Recipes, Watercolor: The Ultimate Practical Reference to Watercolor Mixes and Dilutions [$12.99] A May 2020 release, this practical and inspirational manual by Julie Collins shares recipes for a huge range…

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watercolor world

WATERCOLOR STOLEN BY NAZIS RETURNED TO ORIGINAL MUSEUM Another piece of art from the infamous Gurlitt Collection is being returned to its original home. An early 20th-century work by German artist Christian Rohlfs (1849–1938) is headed back to the Kunstmuseum Moritzburg, in Halle, Germany, and will soon be returned to its original owner, the museum announced. The museum hailed “the comeback” of this watercolor study of a tree trunk painted by Rohlfs, a key figure of German expressionism. Rohlfs’ painting, along with thousands of other pieces of stolen art, ended up in the collection of art historian Hildebrand Gurlitt, who passed it down to his son, Cornelius Gurlitt. It was discovered in 2010 when authorities became suspicious of the then 77-year-old man carrying thousands of dollars in cash on a train from…

3 min.
“the unassailable authority of british technique”

Eastern culture intrigued Western artists in the 19th century. A trip to the Middle East or the Mediterranean was all but obligatory for English artists, but few stayed long enough to explore subjects deeply. For the most part, painters chose exotic themes romanticized through the lens of European imperialism. An exception was John Frederick Lewis (English, 1804–1876). Lewis studied with the portrait artist Sir Thomas Lawrence (English, 1769–1830) and began his career as a painter of animals. His first trip was to Spain and Morocco in the early 1830s. In 1837, Lewis traveled through Italy, Greece and Constantinople, finally settling in Cairo in 1841. He lived there, in the luxurious manner of the Turkish elite, for a decade—long enough to observe the Islamic lifestyle in detail. Lewis made hundreds of drawings…

7 min.
it’s about time

I began my art career as a graphic designer/illustrator. In that capacity, I designed book covers, ads and consumer brochures, and created illustrations for children’s books, educational publishing and short stories. Illustration became my passion, as most of my assignments centered around drawing images that depicted the most important part of a story. Creating with the intent to advance a story in a visual way involved a lot of thought—and a deep understanding and appreciation of the story. That kind of artistic focus and implicit consideration led to my present-day style of painting, enabling me to avoid the average portrayal and to think outside the box. In some of my paintings, there’s a thin line between fine art and illustration. Currently, the painting style I’m most attracted to is realism. Although any painting…