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Watercolor Artist Spring 2021

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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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1 min.
editor’s note

Like new buds on trees and the sweet sound of birdsong, this special springtime issue—in which we reveal the eight winners of our annual Watermedia Showcase competition—joins other much anticipated signs of the season. This year we’re thrilled to have significantly more pages devoted to the competition, including feature articles on each of the top three award-winning artists—Stephen Zhang (page 26), Alisa Shea (page 32) and Jian Wu (page 38)—who tell some compelling behind-the-scenes stories about their prizewinning watercolors. You’re also sure to get a creative lift from our 10-page celebration of the five artists who earned Honorable Mentions (page 44). With paintings that originated from, among other things, a routine neighborhood walk and a long look in the mirror, these artists provide plenty of evidence that creative inspiration can…

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craig anderson and kelly bargabos

Creative husband-and-wife team Craig Anderson, an artist, and Kelly Bargabos, a writer, have been personally touched by the tragedy of homelessness. Bargabos’ brother spent time wandering from couch to shelter to “ramshackle apartment,” she says. The couple lives in San Diego, where the statistics for homelessness are grim, and they’re brought face to face with its reality daily. After Anderson brought home a painting he had made of a man making his bed in the street, Bargabos says she was struck imagining the man’s life story. A collaboration was born. Bargabos writes what she calls micro-stories to accompany Anderson’s paintings. Neither one speaks directly to the subjects, preferring to respect the subject’s anonymity and privacy. Anderson will often use multiple photo references to compose his works. “It’s important to me to…

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new + notable

STUDIO STAPLES Picasso Montessori Kit [$28] Cubism isn’t just for grown-ups. This set of 27 wooden parts, including a wooden face board on which to place them, includes eyes, ears, noses, mouths and eyebrows—plus instructions for an inspiring game to get the creative juices flowing. ETSY.COM/SHOP/PAPASLON Watercolor Floral Tote [$59] This made-to-order tote is sewn with watercolor fabric by Indy Bloom Design and has plenty of outer and inner compartments perfect for organizing brushes, watercolor pencils, palettes and more. A magnetic snap closure keeps your art supplies safe for travel.ETSY.COM/SHOP/THREADSBYCAKES ON THE SHELVES Impressionist Cats [$13] A fun and light-hearted volume for any fan of art and felines, Impressionist Cats (Thames & Hudson, 2020) is artist and author Susan Herbert’s latest book in her “Cats in Art” series. Her previous titles include Pre-Raphaelite Cats, The Cats Gallery…

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new to a view

“I always return to watercolor,” says Australian artist and university instructor Rae Andrews. “It’s such a fascinating medium, versatile and full of surprises.” Andrews took her passion for the medium to YouTube after getting a stream of requests for technique demonstrations and has posted several dozen demo videos for viewers. Her videos include a popular 11-minute floral demo that begins with a photo of the necessary tools and the process of wetting half of a sheet of Arches cold-pressed paper with a hake brush. Her tip is to anchor the subject to three sides of the surface. By the end, we see the evolution and completion of an iris. See this video as well as others by Andrews at BIT.LY/RAEANDREWS.…

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pwcs celebrates 120th international exhibition of works on paper

One of the oldest watercolor societies in the United States, the Philadelphia Water Color Society (PWCS), celebrated its 120th International Exhibition of Works on Paper in 2020. The society was founded in 1900 by some notable names in art, including Andrew Wyeth and John Singer Sargent. “Its goal back then was to elevate the watercolor medium in an art world dominated by oils and sculpture,” reads a press release from the society. Since then, its shows have included works by Wyeth, Sargent, Thornton Oakley, Violet Oakley, Maxfield Parrish, Joseph Pennell, Howard Pyle, Pablo Picasso and Edward Hopper. As many watercolor societies have done, PWCS has had to make some accommodations this year due to the pandemic. Its anniversary show was moved online and can still be viewed at pwcs.wildapricot.org. The show…

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what’s online

8 ARTISTIC STYLES OF HENRI MATISSE Take a look at the beautiful (and numerous) artistic styles of Henri Matisse. artistsnetwork.com/go/matisse-styles 7 TOOLS FOR TEXTURE IN WATERCOLOR Jaimie Cordero shares some of her secrets, tools and materials for applying color and capturing watercolor texture. artistsnetwork.com/go/watercolor-texture MAKE EVERY BRUSHSTROKE POWERFUL Here’s how the fine art of calligraphy—making every brushstroke matter—is relevant in your art. artistsnetwork.com/go/calligraphy…