Fall 2008 - Winter 2009
On the Net
Some of you have met On The Net artist Carolyn Lord through her interest in the Millard Sheets palette. A "plein air" painter by training, she often utilizes her outdoor paintings as creative fodder for her beautiful larger works.
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"An August Garden"
Watercolor on Arches
22" x 30"
© 2010 Carolyn Lord
When Carolyn Lord was 26, her work was profiled on the "Watercolor Page" in American Artist Magazine, followed by articles in U.S. Art, Watercolor, and Watercolor Magic magazines. She is an extensive traveler and has studied with such noted artists as Millard Sheets
, Rex Brandt
, George Post
, Milford Zornes
and Robert E. Wood
. She is an Artist Member of the California Art Club
, and a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society
"My paintings can be subtle, direct or whimsical, of what ever I feel is important to share. Usually it's a record of visual beauty, sometimes I hint at ideas and concepts that are revealed in the painting or in the title."
Carolyn explains elements of her creative process while completing a recent large commissioned piece:
"The concept behind An August Garden was to paint a mate for another full-sheet watercolor that had been purchased by Saint Joseph's Hospital in Stockton, CA. Since Garden Chimera was a studio piece based on spring time calla and rose paintings that I had done plein air, I decided to create a painting based on several summer garden paintings of sunflowers and cosmos."
"Since this was to be in a hospital setting, the mood was to be upbeat. I had chosen the unlikely subject of sunflowers past their prime, yet I included the life-giving aspect of a garden in full. Birds are fluttering in the shadows of the big sunflower gathering seeds, the ladybugs and butterflies are feasting on bugs and nectar."
"The main sunflowers provided the bold foreground motif with its large forms painted in single washes of yellow and orange based greens and neutrals. These are contrasted with the cool pinks and blue greens of the cosmos, painted with innumerable individual brush strokes. In addition to the Variation of scale in the foreground flowers, I created a contrast between near and far by including a row of a different species of sunflowers in the middle distance with blue-grey foliage to give a sense of the strong sunlight that washes out color."
"Garden Chimera has large trees in the background to enclose the garden, so I utilized that motif in An August Garden with a suggestion of the flat landscape so indicative of California's Central Valley. The bungalow is an rural archetype and provided an excuse to introduce the blue to match the bright energy of the flowers and to be the counterweight for the neutralized blue-greens and warm grays."
When she is not on the road, Carolyn draws inspiration from the architecture, landscape and gardens of her home town, Livermore, California. Watercolor painting defines her career, but is not the full extent of it: Carolyn has a continuing interest in figure and portraiture painting, most recently working in oil. More of her work and contact info can be viewed at http://www.lordanglin.com/
On the Net
Watercolor © M.E. Bailey
"My art is about happiness!" That is to say, it is about his own happiness, says Bailey.
"I started painting at age 46, which is sort of late for someone who was hungry to paint all of his life, wouldn’t you say? " He explained that even though his college degree is not in art, he is primarily self taught. Driven and deeply passionate about it, Bailey refers to himself as "compulsive about painting."
"I paint because I have to. I teach because I want to spread the joy I have derived from being a painter."
Bailey has a number of accomplishments to his credit in the art world. He has won awards and nods from around the country for his work and has been featured in Watercolor
, The Palette
and Watercolor Artist
Magazines and featured in a few books on the subject of watercolor. His pieces have found their way into corporate collections and private collections throughout the US, Europe and Australia.
Always reaching to attain new levels of growth, he is continually experimenting and testing his limits and his visions. "I think desire is ninety percent of talent." He says, "You are only as good as the amount of painting experience you accumulate. A lot of experience in anything leads to wisdom about that thing." So, he paints almost daily. Whether it is abstract studio work or casual plein air outings, Mike finds it difficult to point to a favorite subject or style. Never satisfied, he works to continuously expand his range, always pushing to the limits of what he believes to be "good work" and presses to experiment and make "not seen before" work.
Considered to be a very gifted teacher in the field of art, he teaches workshops
throughout the U.S. and Europe. His workshops are intense, hilarious and full of motivation and support. His course, "Watercolor Beyond the Obvious," is a rigorous path of experimentation and development of a personal painting series over ten weeks. The course is an exploration of design and a discovery of personal, artistic breakthroughs.
He lives with his wife Diana in Santa Cruz, California and is a member of many art associations in Central California. Mike is a signature member of and the incoming President of National Watercolor Society
for 2010 and 2011. His work and contact info can be seen at www.mebaileyart.com
On the Net
Unfathomable forethought and essence sifting. MJ Forster, the popular British watercolourist has evolved a style hinted at in watercolours of the past but never brought to fruition until now. Plain and Complex, with cohesive flowing rhythms executed with an intuitive knowledge of form, light, and color. I couldn't stop looking.
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Western Isles 2009
Watercolour on Paper
95cm x 70cm (37.4" x 27.6")
© 2009 MJ Forster
"Where I share common ground with the Impressionist movement is the need for the work to have solid drawing skills. I also admire their spontaneity and courage to break with the conventions of the day. However, I too am seeking to represent an essence of a place, rather than striving to accurately record a location."
"The process of my work takes an initial image through a series of refinements, a journey if you like, where the final piece is often very different from the initial study. It’s akin to sculpture in a way; the first painting is like a cube of stone, I chisel away from piece to piece until the image emerges. So within the creation of a finished piece there are numerous individual works created as the final design is refined, and the core, the essence, the überness if you like of the subject is revealed."
"An Uberpainting is like as screen print in watercolour and they consist of five layers of different coloured paint applied independently and sequentially darker in tone. I mix colours from a primary base and it is the application of these successive layers that provides the images with the startling three dimensional impression."
On the Net
Herry Arifin's calligraphic brushwork instills a vigor and dash to everday urban scenes, still lifes, and landscapes that is hard to rival, effortlessly flowing between abstraction with realism. He's out there On The Net. GC
"In the station" 11"x18" Watercolor on Arches Rough
© Herry Arifin
"Painting is, for me, a way of communicating, of expressing to others my feelings about the world around us. When I retired early, in 2002, I found that I had suddenly lost many of the opportunities for communicating that had come with my work. Painting has filled that need since then, and I think it could do so for many retirees.
People often think that to paint one must have unusual, inborn talent, or to go through a long period of training in art school. I found that is not really true – painting, like talking is a natural human activity. I had no special training as a young person, only after retiring, I attended painting classes. This taught me the fundamentals of design and of the technical aspects—handling paints and paper. Since then it has been a matter of practice, and looking as much as possible at high quality paintings by others..."
On the Net
"Birches and Maples" 11.5"x16" © Dhanashri Athavale
Since childhood Dhanashri has always had a keen interest in art. Born and raised in India, she completed her Applied Arts degree at Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalay, Pune in 2001 and became a freelance designer. After exploring the beauty of the seasons in England and Scotland, Dhanashri now resides in the beautiful capital city of Canada. Her paintings are exhibited in many art galleries and in private collections. Dhanashri offers watercolour workshops/lessons and works with regional art societies as well.
"My paintings are all about nature.
As a visual artist, I am constantly inspired by the various forms, shapes, colours, and patterns in my surrounding nature. The fresh and rich watercolours, the combination of positive and negative shapes forming a simple composition define my painting style. I love to focus on the elements which evoke feelings of bliss and energize the environment. My goal is to convey these emotions and have a visual dialogue through my every piece of art."
To view Dhanashri's full gallery visit her website:
On the Net
"Dripping Springs Oak" Watercolor © David Musser
David Musser's popular watercolor classes and demos are a regional favorite in southern California. Although he mainly works in watercolor, David is fluent in drawing, pastels, oils, and acrylics and teaches drawing, pastel, and watercolor at UC Riverside, CA. He is a plein aire painter who has won eighteen Best of Show or First Place Awards.
David was working as a professional musician before a degree in applied art from San Diego State University led to 12 years working as an illustrator, animator, and art director in the motion picture/TV industry. After opening his own gallery in 1994 David spent eight years pursuing fine art full time.
His skill as a watercolor teacher and demonstrator led him to close his gallery to spend his time with his students and the rolling hills and vineyards of the Temecula Valley.
David captures the spectacular light and color of Southern California with an impressionist's eye, a bold palette and expressive brush strokes. A full gallery of his work, prints and more can be found on his website:
On the Net: Paul Moran Watercolour - Cairo, Egypt
"Khamseen Study: Spring in Cairo" Watercolour © 2008 Paul Moran
Paul Moran is currently teaching ICT and Art at the New Cairo British International School in Cairo, Egypt. Visit his website at www.paulmorangallery.com. You can view Paul's figurative studies and paintings at www.watercolournudes.com.
"Watercolour painting is about painting the light. I think the nature of this medium is perfect for capturing an impression of Cairo, or rather how I feel about this city’s amazing landscapes. Looking out of the window on the way to work from Maadi to New Cairo is never uninspiring, but the skies are particularly beautiful in this season; backlit clouds skirting the horizon, soft areas of rose-yellow merging with the low desert hills and skeletal cities. Late afternoon on the way back and huge clouds bustle far away to diffuse the sun, small chinks letting blinding rays escape to disappear into the dusty haze somewhere below."|
On the Net: Joel Tenzin Watercolor - France
"La rousse des Terreaux, Lyon, France"|
Watercolor 20" x 25"
© 2008 Joel Tenzin
"Time is made of pearls, each a world apart, each a complete life you may call a moment.
It's not real, not unreal, it's made of reality and perception. Some moments have a deep resonance with your soul.
Watercolor is, for me, the most harmonious way to convey those vibes, through a smile, a color, a shine, a freshness, a just-a-little-something-I-can't-tale, a very special light echoing in me."
Summer - Fall 2008
Fall 2007 - Winter 2008
On the Net: Robin Purcell Watercolor - CA,USA
(left) "View to Pleasanton Ridge" watercolor 12" x 16"|
© 2008 Robin Purcell
"I grew up in New England and was a realistic Studio Painter for many years. California has always been a mythic land of sunshine that stirred my imagination. A fortunate set of influences helped me arrive at my own style of interpreting the California Landscape. I was probably permanently warped by doing paint by numbers as a child. I fell hard for the work of the early California Impressionists, particularly Granville Redmond and William Wendt. Their work helped me to see the landscape as shapes. It is much easier for me to control hard edges with watercolor while painting outdoors. These factors led me to develop a style that simplifies what I see and organizes it into shimmering patches of color. I am a Plein Air Painter who ventures outside to see colors and shapes from life so that I can change them in ways feel true to me and express my personal artistic vision."
Robin's Blog | Robin's PICASA Galleries
On the Net: Joke Klootwijk
(left) "Kleine bootjes" watercolor 27 x 35 cm
© 2007 Joke Klootwijk
"My name is Joke Klootwijk. I have been painting since 1984 in Barendrecht, a village near Rotterdam. After various art studies my preferred medium is watercolour. My time is devoted to full time painting. I studied art classes and workshops for this technique, by artists whom I admire for their painting style.
The last several years I painted a lot of watercolour paintings in the so called wet-on-wet technique. A difficult but fascinating technique, where I have to react, observe and paint and all this needs to happen within a very short space of time. In the wet-on-wet technique I attack my work head on, with a few pencil lines on the watercolour paper. This make's it for me a very exciting challenge.
An always returning and inspiring theme in my paintings is 'reflection'."
Joke is a member of the Kvbkb of Belgium, and a member of the European Institute of Watercolours in Brussels and representative for the Netherlands. Visit Aquarelleren.nl for a look into Joke's expansive portfolio. She offers workshops and works with regional arts organizations, as well as accepting a limited amount of commissions.
On the Net: Josi Etter
(left) "Brooke Trout" watercolor
© 2006 Josi Etter
Josi Etter is an international artist and angler who combines her love of nature, fish, water and art to create unique original artwork. Ms. Etter has studied, trained, fished and lived in Germany, Africa, the Phillippines and the U.S.
Josi's work has been displayed in numerous galleries including The International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, Kuenstlerhaus (Germany), The Museum of Modern Art (New York), Museum of Fine Art (Boston), and the Chicago Art Institute. She is currently painting for Trout Unlimited magazine.
Visit SketchAndRelease.com for a look into Josi Etter's unique angle on making watercolor painting work for you as an artist and conservationist.
On the Net: Alfred Ng
(left) "Many Shades of White" 18" x 28"
© 2004 Alfred Ng
"When I was three years old and growing up in Hong Kong, one day I came across my teenage neighbour practicing Chinese brush painting. From that moment, I felt inspired me to paint. Being from a working class family, without any encouragement from my parents, I started to learn to paint on my own. In 1973 our family moved to Canada and then I was able to receive the formal art training I was looking for. After graduation, I realized that art school hadn't prepared me for how difficult it was going to be to become an artist. It took me many years to learn to balance home and work life, discipline my time, and follow what inspired that day in Hong Kong when I was three."
Visit Alfred Ng's website for an impressive array of watercolor paintings with subjects including florals, landscapes, images of China, architecture, people, and his newer works from his recent exhibitions in Toronto, Canada.
ON THE NET: Rahul Murlidhar Salve, India
"Jungle Queen" (Private Collection)
"His figurative works are based on pure drawing. Regularly sketching with pencil, charcoal, crayon and sometimes watercolour has become a customary part of his life. He pays special attention on the effect of shade and light. He paints figures from memory and from live models. Especially the use of watercolour in figure which is the challenging job for every artist, he can easily handle. His works reflects his extraordinary love for the subject."|
25 year old Freelance Artist Rahul Salve has explored a wide variety of media including oil, acrylics, watercolor, and pastel since his 2003 graduation from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, in Aurangabad Maharashtra, India, with a B.F.A. in Applied Art.
You can email Rahul at: firstname.lastname@example.org Check upcoming issues for a link to Rahul's new website.
Fall (#2) 2005
ON THE NET:
"Basket of Aloha"
Watercolor 46.5" x 31
© Kathleen Alexander
by Kathleen Alexander
California watercolorist Kathleen Alexander has been painting watercolors with an eye for beautiful places and things for over 20 years. Her web site offers a select gallery of her landscapes and florals that are excellent for studying watercolor technique. Her paintings hang in many private collections and she has a variety of high-quality prints available for your perusal.
ON THE NET:
Watercolor 16" x 20"
© Elizabeth McRorie
by Elizabeth McRorie
"My degree, from the University of Maryland, is in Art Education, and I have taken master's level courses from the Maryland Art Institute in Baltimore. I taught art for four years at the middle school level, and taught courses in drawing and painting for the recreation department. I worked as a free lance graphic artist for several years in Asheville, NC. I currently have a studio in Fort Mill SC where I show my work and teach classes. I also provide graphic and website design to other creative small businesses."
ON THE NET: Sketching Tokyo with Russell Stutler
CLICK TO VISIT HIS WEB SITE
Pictured above are spread pages from one of Russell's recent Moleskine sketchbooks. He uses a variety of small sketchbooks and artist's tools. It is easier to draw on a subway or on a busy street when you keep your studio in your pocket.
Image © Copyright 2006 Russell Stutler
Russell Stutler was born in Japan, but raised in America. Living in Tokyo with his wife and family, he documents every day scenes and people with a lively penstroke and quick brush.|
"Much of my work has been related to either graphic art or Christian ministry or a combination of both.
Ever since I was in high school in the early '70s and saw a television program on the life of Leonardo Da Vinci, I have had a passion for sketching.
I usually sketch in pen and ink or pencil, although lately I have been sketching mainly with a brush and ink and if there is time, I add watercolor."
Russell oversees the Sketching Discussion Page and is the founder of Christian-Artists.net, where visual artists share in Christian fellowship.
ON THE NET: UPDATE!
The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and South Dakota Plein Aire Artists Collaboration was held from May 7 and 8, 2005, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Jim Pollock participated in "Pictures at an Exhibition," and the results of his extensive work produced during the course of this event can be viewed through the above link.
Sketchbooks and Watercolors
Artist Jim Pollock has published hundreds of sketchbook images online that he has created over the past few years. The sketchbooks were done with a variety of media including watercolor, pencil, pen and ink, pen and ink washes, pastels and other mixed media. The sketchbooks are posted as is with no editing and show a great deal of the inner workings of developing personal artistic processes and imagery.
Jim has exhibited in many group and one person shows. His work can be found in many private and corporate collections throughout the U.S. Pollock designed the first issue South Dakota Bison gold and silver pieces which were sold in the national and international gold and silver marketplace. Pollock has served on the South Dakota Arts Council and was named South Dakota Artist of the Year the first year the award was given.
Visit Jim's Sketchbook Archives and see what it means to really keep a sketchbook. It's a matter of filling the pages with art, the best you can manage at the time, and moving on to the next exploratory drawing/painting. Easily said for a lot of us.
The rest of Mr. Pollock's website gives you a glimpse into the creative process in action. His accounts and art examples from serving as a military artist during and after the Vietnam War is particularly insightful and honest.
Jim Pollock Sketchbooks
A fascinating look into the personal sketchbooks of Jim Pollock. Each sketchbook posted is complete and unedited.
Mounted on Silk Brocade
2'3" x 1'6"
ARTISTS ON THE WEB
"Su Xi Born in 1939 near Nanjing in Jiangsu Province, People's Republic of China, Su Xi has spent much of his time since either studying or painting traditional Chinese paintings. He now specializes almost exclusively in landscape but has experimented with much success in bamboo, peony and carp paintings. He is a member of the All China Artist's Society and the Jiangsu Artist's Association."
Visit Gallery of China