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Watercolor Artist December 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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United States
Peak Media Properties, LLC
6 Issues

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2 min.
editor’s note

When we think about what’s behind artistic “greatness,” we tend to focus first on matters of craft and technique, but skill alone doesn’t guarantee excellence—at least not long term—if it isn’t also paired with a rich supply of creativity. Unfortunately, creative thinking isn’t a skill that you can pick up in a burst of hard work and determination, and then use indefinitely; it must be steadily nourished. The trick is figuring out what activities do the most to motivate your art practice, fuel your imagination and set the stage for ongoing inspiration and ideas. “ Creative people are curious, flexible and independent with a tremendous spirit and a love of play. ” —HENRI MATISSE In this issue, you’ll meet a number of artists who’ve developed habits that feed the creative spirit. For…

2 min.
polly verity

Watercolor paper moves beyond its obvious use in the skillful hands of sculptor Polly Verity, whose delicate paper forms don’t have an ounce of added pigment. It’s light and shadow that describe her portraits as the twists and folds combine, the final product often presenting as intimate and sensual. “I’ve folded geometric designs into paper for the past 15 years,” says Verity. “I’m drawn to the limitations of manipulating a sheet of paper without cutting and to the quality of the paper itself—the intriguing mathematics of a curved fold and watching the resulting improbable topology appear before my eyes. The figurative realm is a new departure for me, and the wet-folding technique is new to me too—luscious for its immediacy, instantaneous form and quick result.” The artist uses Arches watercolor paper for…

1 min.
new + notable

STUDIO STAPLES Monogrammed Palette and Paint Water Cup [$72] Made with lead-free glazes and stoneware clay, this hand-built, hand-stamped set is the perfect 2020 treat-yourself gift. The cup is 4-inches tall and holds 14 ounces of liquid. The palette is 6½x4½ and includes a paintbrush rest by the monogram. ETSY.COM/SHOP/JEANETTEZEIS Schmincke Aqua Drop [$18] Available in 24 colors with the highest lightfastness ratings, these water-soluble liquid pigments come in 30-ml. bottles with a pipette to use to fill the Aqua Drop Liner tool. Use the ink for painting, urban sketching, calligraphy, hand-lettering and airbrushing. ON THE SHELVES Magnum Artists: Great Photographers Meet Great Artists [$55] In this new hardback by Laurence King Publishing, you’ll find 215 illustrations—photographs of famous artists taken by renowned photographers, exploring the unique relationship that exists between artists of different media. The book…

1 min.
zoom to the rescue

In response to the flood of cancellations of in-person workshops and classes due to the pandemic, artists around the world have started to take their teaching online. Stephen Quiller is one such instructor. Quiller, known for his engaging and joyful workshops, has always been in high demand. The disappointment, from both instructor and student, has been real, as each workshop has had to be postponed or permanently canceled because of the coronavirus. Thankfully, Quiller’s daughter is a professional videographer. She helped her father reconfigure his studio setup to better accommodate online learning—using two cameras and filming angles, one for the painting demonstration and one for the artist. Quiller, who’s used to a regular schedule of travel for his teaching, can point to a few benefits of the new approach: Materials are accessible…

1 min.
what’s online

JOHN SALMINEN SHARES HARD-WON WISDOM If you appreciated his art and advice (page 62), don’t miss this exclusive interview with a master of contemporary watercolor. artistsnetwork.com/go/salminen-wisdom BUST THROUGH ARTIST BLOCK Try this brain-boosting exercise if you’re experiencing a creative slump. artistsnetwork.com/go/bust-artist-block 5 TECHNIQUES FROM FAMOUS WATERCOLOR ARTISTS From composition to focal point, learn the ways of Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth, John Singer Sargent and more. artistsnetwork.com/go/famous-watercolor-techniques DECEMBER IN PARIS BY JOHN SALMINEN, WATERCOLOR, 24½x31. MAN WITH RED DRAPERY BY JOHN SINGER SARGENT,WATERCOLOR, 14⅜x21⅛…

3 min.
“the most glorious experience”

Robert Frederick Blum (1857–1903) was an artist and illustrator whose gifts were evident in multiple media. With his friend William Merritt Chase (1849–1916) he cofounded the Society of Painters in Pastels; Blum was a member of the American Watercolor Society and was elected a National Academician on the strength of his oil painting. By the time his life was cut short by pneumonia, he’d become one of the finest American artists of his generation. Blum was born in Cincinnati, where he studied with Frank Duveneck (1848–1919). Lifelong themes were confirmed early: Blum showed interest in Japanese art and was influenced by the light palette and flashing brushwork of Spanish artist Mariano Fortuny (1879–1949). After a year of study at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, he moved to New York…