Watercolor Artist6 min de lecture
An American In Paris
“A successful painting for me is one that strikes up a conversation with the viewer,” says American artist Alex Hillkurtz, who currently lives and paints in Paris. “It’s an energy transfer. I want to convey the mood of a place but also leave things f
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Everyday Subjects
It’s the shadow and color that bring interest to this sketch of a key ring by Linda Daly Baker (lindadalybaker.com). “The key ring by itself would be boring,” Baker says, “but by adding a full palette of color, it becomes more intriguing.” The artist
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Building Character
When I personify buildings, my paintings seem to take on a new life. They’re easier to sketch because every little line, every brush-stroke is infused with the energy of the character that I’m imagining. The view depicted in Café Cassette (right) has
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Workshop Perks
Hillkurtz finds teaching workshops especially enriching and rewarding. “I love teaching what I’ve discovered about painting and sketching,” he says. “My goal is to help make my students better painters. I want them to take what I’m teaching and make
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Editor’s Note
Color is personal. Even as children, we develop strong opinions. We gravitate to specific colors in the crayon box. We take very seriously the question: What’s your favorite color? We may struggle when someone takes the last available sheet of pink c
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Meet the Artist
Alex Hillkurtz (alexhillkurtzart.com) was born in England and raised in California, where he studied film production at Chapman University. As a storyboard artist, his feature-film credits include Argo, Almost Famous and It’s Complicated. After worki
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Watercolor Artist7 min de lecture
Of Mindfulness and Reality
“I THINK OF MY WORK as a series of commentaries on modern American life as seen by a particular artist at a particular place at a particular point in time,” says California-based artist Stephan Hoffpauir. “Whenever I show my work to someone for the f
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Denise Ramsay
Denise Ramsay (deniseramsay.com) paints bold, structural botanical works that pop off the page in a big way—literally. Her compositions are typically 24x33-inches for maximum impact and painted with lots of detail—a necessity, she says, for a spot-on
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Hoffpauir On Shadows
Edward Hopper used shadows to signal the time of day, the season, the position of the light source, the light temperature and whether the light was natural or artificial. He did this by making conscious choices—by making strategic color and value dec
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New + Notable
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Artist’s Toolkit
• burnt umber • burnt sienna • yellow ochre • cadmium yellow • cadmium orange • cadmium red • quinacridone red • Winsor violet • Winsor green • ultramarine • Antwerp blue • Prussian blue • sepia • Payne’s gray Daniel Smith: carmine • Raphaël 8404 ro
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Noble Beauty Out-of-Doors
An artist’s expertise with color may be demonstrated with nuance, the employment of shifts so subtle that they escape the casual viewer. By the time William Trost Richards (1833–1905) painted A Rocky Coast, he was considered one of the most skilled
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Meet the Artist
An architect and architectural illustrator by trade, Stephan Hoffpauir transitioned to creating photorealistic paintings in watercolor. Essentially self-taught, he has been painting for 30 years. “I picked up tips along the way from how-to books and
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The Palette Knife and Watercolor: a Winning Combination
Many people think the palette knife is a tool only to be used in conjunction with oil or acrylic. I paint mainly in acrylic and watercolor, but use my palette knife most often with the latter. Almost every painting I do has at least some small area i
Watercolor Artist4 min de lecture
A Point of Departure
When Amy Park was in art school, one of her teachers told her she shouldn’t bother becoming a painter. She couldn’t paint, he explained. Startled and hurt, but determined, she persevered. Then, as she neared completion of her MFA at the University of
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It’s All In The Wrist
When using a palette knife for watercolor painting, you’ll need to be careful not to mar the paper. There are different ways to hold the tool depending on what effect you’re trying to achieve. Never use the very tip of the blade; it’s better to angle
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Foundational Inspiration
Park’s interest in buildings can be ascribed in part to her father’s work as an architect. She was also raised in Wisconsin—that part of the Midwest so fundamental to American design, thanks to Frank Lloyd Wright’s work in the area. Inspired by the d
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What Part Of The Creative Process Is The Most Fun?
Making preliminary pencil sketches—which I do prior to every painting—is by far the most enjoyable part of my process. This is the stage when I make most of my creative decisions. The freedom of a pencil permits me to be carefree as I explore values
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A Wide Range Of Reference
Park gathers inspiration from a diversity of sources, as evidenced by the books that line her studio shelves and desk. There are books about the Bauhaus, Anni Albers, László Moholy-Nagy, Ellsworth Kelly, Helen Frankenthaler and Fairfield Porter, amon
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Good Things Come in Threes
As artists, we love color. We swoon over a painting with gorgeous neutrals, intense chromas, adjacent complementary hues that seem to vibrate and a well-placed color note that brings an artwork together. We love the bright and vibrant as well as the
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Meet the Artist
Amy Park was a recipient of the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program Award in 2007–2008 and an artist-in-residence at the Serenbe Institute in 2012. Her work has been exhibited widely in the U.S., including in the Morgan Lehman Gallery, in New York; the St
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The Power of Primaries
SURFACE: Saunders Waterford 140-lb. cold-pressed paper • Daniel Smith cobalt blue and quinacridone rose • Holbien permanent yellow lemon • No. 8 DaVinci Caseneo Quill round wash • Nos. 18 and 10 Escoda Perla Toray white synthetic round • No. 12 Pri
Watercolor Artist5 min de lecture
Traveling Light, Sketching Bright
Junko Ono Rothwell felt the joy of sketching in watercolor from a young age. In elementary school in her native Japan, her class had plein-air days where they would go to a park or beach and paint what they saw with watercolors. When she was in junio
Watercolor Artist6 min de lecture
COLOR Confidence
“If one could only catch that true color of nature— the very thought of it drives me mad,” said watercolor master Andrew Wyeth, expressing a color obsession to which many an artist can relate. If handling the complexities of color feels overwhelming
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Meet the Artist
Junko Ono Rothwell (junkoonorothwell.com) is a Master Pastelist of the Pastel Society of America, a member of excellence in the Atlanta Artists Club and the Southeastern Pastel Society, a Fellow of the American Artist Professional League and a member
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To Choose Color, Just Break It Down
When considering color selection, I recommend as a first step that you consider a sorting question: What color am I aiming for, and is it a warm or cool tone? Addressing this simple question has helped me take the initial steps to determine the color
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Grappling With Greens
Without a doubt, green is one color that can cause a lot of trouble for painters. Part of the problem is relying solely on greens straight from the tube. Any tube of green by itself isn’t believable. Every tree, shrub or flowering plant is going to s
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Meet The Artists
Born and raised in Shanghai, artist ZL Feng (radford.edu/~zfeng) painted in a variety of media, including pastel, oil and egg tempera, before choosing his favorite: watercolor. Feng’s landscape paintings are inspired by the countryside around his hom
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Mixed Greens
To make this chart of my favorite green color combinations, I used Daniel Smith Watercolors with the exception of burnt sienna, which is a Winsor & Newton paint. Here is a guide to the abbreviations: HYM = Hansa yellow medium RSL = raw sienna light P
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