Greek Steps, Sifnosby Thomas W. Schaller, 2008,watercolor, 12 x 9.I just finished writing an article on Thomas W. Schallers watercolor paintings for the April 2010 issue of American Artist, and it occurred to me that Thomas is the third licensed architect whose watercolors I have written about in the past year.
Manhattan Nocturne by Frank Federico, pastel painting, 20 x 24.I have a tried and true love affair going with color. Im drawn to it across the spectrum, but Im a late bloomer when it comes to pastel painting, which has to be some kind of crime considering how much interesting stuff can be done with color in this medium.
How Painting Quick Studies Lead You to Becoming a Better ArtistIt’s all fun and games to joke about being a procrastinator, but overthinking some things, such as how to paint a subject, can be a serious roadblock. Sometimes it’s best to just jump in and see what happens when you begin sketching your composition or start putting paint onto the canvas.
Starting next week, pastel artists from around the globe will be traveling to China to attend the 2nd Biennial International Pastel Exhibition in Suzhou, a world heritage site in in Eastern China that is well known for its canals, bridges and beautiful gardens. Now, as the town prepares to celebrate the second biennial, it can add “patron of pastels” to its list of achievements.
Start Simplifying with Painting Trees“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.” – Khalil GibranThere is a distinct difference between a painting that feels rich and one that is busy with detail. Monet, for example, used an incredible swath of color and brushstrokes when he was painting landscapes, even when painting trees–but his paintings don’t feel claustrophobic or overly busy.
For more than 20 years, the annual Splash Watercolor Competition has been celebrating the outstanding work being done in watermedia by contemporary artists from around the globe. The Best of Watercolor presents 124 paintings selected from the 21st Splash Competition, sponsored by BLICK Art Materials.