Mastering the fundamentals and various approaches to watercolor art is challenging and rewarding. You’ll learn about watercolor painting techniques for…
Why are your best watercolor brushes flats and rounds? We're so glad you asked! In this feature from watercolor artist Birgit O'Connor, you will learn approachable tips for determining which brushes will work best for your watercolor work. Pictured: Orchids by Birgit O'Connor, 15x22 (watercolor on paper)
Bridger Barksdale, a 25-year-old artist living in Utah, had never traveled across the Atlantic before when a friend of his, in Kiev, convinced him to come to Ukraine for a visit in 2020. “I ended up staying there for three months,” he says. When we consider the beauty of place and what inspires our art, it is hard to wrap our heads around the impermanence of what we have experienced. This becomes especially difficult when war becomes part of the conversation.
Watercolor artist Mary Whyte hopes to help you create your best. In "Blue Umbrella," pictured here, she exemplifies movement. “Having a sense of movement in a painting is one way to add interest. Even if nothing is actually moving in the scene, leading the viewer’s eye through the pictorial space in a rhythmic and continuous manner will give the painting its own sense of motion and life. Here, I created the feeling of rain using water-soluble crayons mixed with watercolor washes.”
"Watercolor allows me to make my own response to what I see and feel. Specifically, certain landscapes in the U.K. have become favorites because of proximity or family holidays. I know their vistas and details intimately. With that being said, why is it that some paintings are deemed to be atmospheric, while others aren’t? Atmosphere in a painting is, with a few exceptions, not about technique. First and foremost, it’s your connection to the place that matters." ~ Oliver J. Pyle
The late Richard Yarde wasn’t interested in making art for art’s sake. His imagery tells a story that’s intimate, personal, and connected to his real-life experience. “When all is said and done, I see the most important thing I have to offer is my art, which is an act of meditation between myself and the awesome mystery of creation.” - Richard Yarde
Our 13th Annual Watermedia Showcase drew hundreds and hundreds of exceptional entries, demonstrating yet again that there’s no shortage of talent and creativity in the world of watercolor. Enjoy this special excerpt of our annual feature celebrating this year’s top winners and their watercolor techniques. Pictured: Under the Spotlight by Keiko Yasuoka (watercolor on paper, 30×20)
True success comes when a painting is well designed, has elements of surprise or curiosity, and tells a story. As a painting surface, YUPO allows the artist to continually adjust by adding or subtracting elements in order to make a painting work. In this feature from the Winter 2022 edition of Watercolor Artist, Alicia Farris walks us through how YUPO paper creates unique challenges and endless opportunities. Pictured: Hesitation by Alicia Farris (watercolor on YUPO, 20×17)
One topic that’s often overlooked in discussions of color theory is the idea that there are various techniques used to mix and apply color. Each method produces different results, sometimes surprisingly so, even with the same colors. Let’s look at five different ways to mix watercolor—both on the palette and on paper—and how to use transparent paints as opaques to achieve desired effects.
Placing people in landscape paintings can enhance the visual experience for viewers, helping them sense life within a scene and become a part of the story being told. The myth that painting people in watercolor is difficult can be dispelled with some practice and courage. We’ve got 10 practical tips for adding figures to your landscape paintings. Pictured here is “A Lonely Street” by Sagnik Biswas.