The Wonderful World of WatercolorWe almost let July slip away without celebrating World Watercolor Month (yes, it's a real thing!)! While every artist has his or her personal preference, watercolors often are the default starting point among budding artists because the materials are less expensive, it dries quickly and provides a nice saturation. And let’s not forget the easy clean-up!
Winslow Homer is a well-known American artist who used watercolors. Homer, who began as an oil painter, was a preeminent artist in the late 19th century who favored seascapes and marine subjects. In recent years three of his (oil) paintings were made into postage stamps. It was his success with watercolors, however, that allowed him to give up his freelance job and focus on painting, and the results speak for themselves.
Many of us are able to identify watercolors by their more transparent colors and soft, blended lines but watercolors can also result in more “realistic” images. Contemporary NY watercolorist Amy Park creates such works. Park's architectural paintings incorporate tremendous detail and layering, techniques that are more difficult when using watercolors because of the nature of the medium but that she nonetheless masters beautifully.
Whatever your artistic fancy, pick up a brush and celebrate with/for/on behalf of watercolor artists everywhere! Give it a shot, and remember, there’s no such thing as bad art!