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The Perfect Combination
I came to collage through weaving. Years ago my main interest was weaving wall hangings and decorative, nonfunctional pieces. I enjoyed being able to feel the various yarn textures and weights in my hands while I was working. When I began experimenti
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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
Watercolor Artist6 min de lecturePsychology
FEELINGS on DISPLAY
After studying psychology in college, she pursued a graduate degree in neuropsychology, but soon realized that the field was not for her. It was too limiting. She didn’t commit to a career in art, however, until the end of her 30s. As she puts it, “G
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Go Figure
Every picture tells a story, they say, and so it is when we see groups of figures in a painting. “Our curiosity is piqued in much the same way it is when we see a group of people gathered in real life,” says artist Steve Griggs (stevegriggswatercolor
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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 hav
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Seeing Connection
POWERFULLY EFFECTIVE, expressive and exuberant are a few of the many attributes of Stephen Zhang’s painting, Together, winner of this year’s Watermedia Showcase Best of Show. “Zhang’s painting works on every level,” says Editor-in-Chief Anne Hevener,
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Meet the Artist
The watercolor work of Canadian artist Tom Young (tomyoungartist. ca) has been featured in many juried exhibitions and gallery shows over the years, including venues in Waterton Lakes National Park, Banff National Park and Canmore, Alberta. Young is
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A Soothing Reality
NEW YORK PAINTER ALISA SHEA loves what she calls “vintage patina.” As someone with sewing skills (she has made half of her wardrobe), Shea was drawn to the collection of antique spools of thread she spied at a local flea market. Although it took awhi
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Searching For Spirit
In Sarah Yeoman’s electrifying paintings, Tangled Up in Blue (opposite) and I’ll Fly Away (page 72), we’re struck with a strong sense of energy and movement: The flight of the birds seems to shatter the air as their sweeping forms appear to dissolve.
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Meet the Artist
In 2013, Alisa Shea (alisashea. com) left an established career in health outcomes research in order to pursue painting full time. She currently works exclusively in watercolor and lives in Northport, N.Y., with her husband, two sons and an English b
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Tip
It’s best to paint tissues on a flat, plastic-covered surface. Don’t move the painted pieces until they’re dry, or they’ll fall apart. Watercolor collage is very forgiving. If you make a mistake while the paper is still damp with matte medium, you c
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Three-Value Notan Studies
These three notan studies of the photo reference for Rafting the Colorado (below) all have pleasing design elements individually. A simple cruciform composition with the intersection next to the raft in the lower right is enhanced with interesting di
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Charting Emotions
Flow Chart of Emotions IV is the latest iteration of Margolis’ color chart, used to standardize as well as encrypt her emotional experiences. Using a Pantone Color System, she assigns a reproducible color and identification code to each emotion—seen
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Meet the Artist
Stephen Zhang (stephenzhangart.com) holds a BFA from Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, in Shenyang, China, where he also taught courses in art. He earned an MFA from the University of North Texas, College of Visual Arts and Design, where he’s now an assist
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In The Face Of Uncertainty
THE WOMAN’S EYES turn upward, squinting into the sun. Glints of silver trace the wisps of white hair around her head and brow. The reflected light contrasts with earthen undertones as well as the woman’s red scarf, rendered in unfinished strokes that
Watercolor Artist1 min de lectureComputers
Threshold Tool Application
The Threshold tool in Photoshop allows you to specify a range of values in an image. All the pixels that are in the range of the selected values are mapped to white, and the rest are mapped to black. Threshold is a powerful tool for automatically cre
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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 fo
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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
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Painting Big
Yeoman likes to paint big. She began her “Crows and Ravens” series with sheets of standard, 22x30 Arches paper. Then she graduated to the oversized 25¾x40 sheets, which she prefers to pull off of rolls of hot-pressed paper. “My largest painting of cr
Watercolor Artist2 min de lectureVisual Arts
Francis Marte
What was your inspiration for the painting? I gravitate to scenes of high contrast, with an interplay of light and shadows and a display of various textures. This simple and relatable scene on the kitchen counter offered all of that. I also wanted a
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Cheng Hsien Hsieh
I visit this market frequently, observing the light changing from morning to evening. The shadows dance with the light, long and short, bright and dark, reflecting the concept of yin and yang. The shapes and lines vary according to the light, which t
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Meet the Artist
Delaware-based artist, Sarah Yeoman (sarahyeoman.com), paints in and also teaches watercolor, a medium that she intuitively understood since her first introduction to it 35 years ago. Having begun her career as a singer/songwriter, she brings a lyric
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Two-Value Notan Studies
The bold colors and interesting shapes attracted me to this closeup of old rusted machinery at a gold mine. This riot of color and shapes made it difficult to find a good composition. Using a two-value notan study allowed me to focus on the lower are
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New + Notable
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/S
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Pam Wenger
What was your inspiration for the painting? I love when I come across photo reference that can tell a story—one that can truly resonate with people. I’ve heard from so many friends and social media contacts who say that this painting has touched the
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How Did A Change In Surface Or Tool—or An Outside Influence—change Your Art Or Process In A Meaningful Way?
For many years, I used very small brushes—Nos. 00, 0 and 1—to paint details. Then, Ricard Escoda showed me that if you use good kolinsky brushes, the points on the larger brushes—Nos. 2, 4 and 6—can make the same fine lines. With the small brushes, I
Watercolor Artist3 min de lecture
An Unlikely Modernist
Sometimes radicalism in art takes unlikely forms. When he painted The Terrace Bridge, Central Park, a genteel scene filled with parasols and white summer dresses, Maurice Prendergast (1858–1924) was among the most avant-garde artists in America. In c
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THE Trees of Life
Downstairs from Tom Young’s home-based painting studio is the other place where the artist spends significant time: his “bonsai room.” There he keeps about 20 of the potted ornamental trees, the largest being no taller than 2 feet. “I move back and f
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Birgit O’Connor
In the past, when painting florals, my approach was to paint the subject shape by shape, section by section. When I started to teach workshops, I noticed it was often difficult for students to make large enough puddles of color-blends to keep color c
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Christine Misencik-Bunn
I was looking at myself in the bathroom mirror. I was tired. And stressed. I could clearly see it in my face. As I began to meticulously follow every wrinkle that I have begrudgingly earned over my 75 years, I started thinking about how I might look
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