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When Your Subject Envelops You
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When Your Subject Envelops You

While there are endless subjects for drawing, there’s something that’s truly fascinating about botanical art in particular. Looking out my window, I can see the world bursting into life as I watched the hillside trees across the valley every day. In winter the trees were a dull brown, in which I could see the branches and even the curves of the ground, exposing tree trunks standing and fallen.

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Wendy Hollender: Colored Pencil Botanicals

Illustrations by Wendy Hollender have graced the pages of publications such as Country Living and Horticulture magazines and the Missouri Botanical Garden scientific journal Novon. She’s a featured artist in the book Today’s Botanical Artists, by Cora B. Marcus and Libby Kyer, and has self-published her own book, Botanical Drawing: A Beginner’s Guide (click here to see sample pages).
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Watercolor Artist’s Ones to Watch

View galleries of additional watercolor paintings and other watermedia works from emerging artists in Watercolor Artist’s current batch of Ones to Watch, such as Owl’s Head Harbor by John Keepax—plus revisit artwork and the various watercolor techniques of artists from years past.Click on the links below to view the works, and order the December 2016 issue of Watercolor Artist to read about the selected emerging artists for this year.
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Books for the Plein Air Artist

Successful plein air painting involves everything from knowing what equipment to bring to understanding your medium. Award-winning landscape painter Michael Chesley Johnson helped the editors of Magazine create this list of too-good-to-miss resources:Backpacker Painting: Outdoors with Oil Pastel by Michael Chesley Johnson (Friar’s Bay Studio Gallery, 2008): Advice on equipment and techniques plus 12 demos in pastel and oil make this book an thorough resource.
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Artist of the Month: Al Barnes

On the Frio (oil, 24×36) by Al Barnes was a Animal/Wildlife finalist in the 25th Annual Art Competition. Barnes is our September 2009 Artist of the Month.Residence: Rockport, TexasWebsite: in art: I sold my first painting when I was in sixth grade, for one dollar. I received my bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Texas.
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Snow Scenes in Watercolor

Cecy Turner and Frank LaLumia are two artists (featured in the February 2010 issue of Watercolor Artist) who enjoy capturing snow scenes in watercolor. Below is a gallery of additional paintings that weren’t included in the printed issue.Prairie Creek Winter by Cecy TurnerWinter’s Edge by Cecy TurnerAll Roads Lead Home by Cecy TurnerCecy Turner (www.
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Watermedia Workshop Instructors’ Gallery

In “Workshop 101,” a feature (in the April 2010 issue of Watercolor Artist) on getting the most from your workshop experience, we polled popular instructors on how students should enter a session. Below is a gallery of some of the beloved instructors’ works.Birgit O’Connor ( is a self-taught watercolor artist living in Bolinas, California, specializing in florals and landscapes.
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Richard McKinley: Poetic Landscapes in Oil and Pastel

A professional working artist for 38 years, Richard McKinley has more than 35 years of teaching experience. In May 2010 he participated in the American Masters Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in conjunction with a workshop he gave in Manhattan, and in September 2010 he’ll return to New York to be inducted into the Pastel Society of America’s Hall of Fame at the National Arts Club in Gramercy Park.
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Pastel Gallery | Wade Into Water Painting

A special section on painting waves and water in the August 2010 issue of The Pastel Journal includes pastel paintings and expert tips from five artists: Phil Bates of Myrtle Creek, Ore.; Anthony Davis of Lindenhurst, N.Y.; Kathleen Newman of Chicago, Ill.; Dave Beckett of Orillia, Ontario; and Claude Carvin of LaTourette, France.
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Works by Raúl Colón

Having grown up in Puerto Rico, Raúl Colón now lives with his family in New York City. Although Colón maintains a heavy workload of illustration assignments, one night a week he teaches at the School of Visual Arts. The artist is represented by Storyopolis in Los Angeles and Dallas; Chemers Gallery in Tustin, California; and R.
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Paint Cut Glass and Crystal | Free Download

The keys to painting cut crystal and glass in watercolor are a detailed drawing, masking fluid and patient glazing. In the September 2010 issue of Magazine, Soon Y. Warren demonstrates how to break down the large shapes and to define the overall shape and convey the transparency of the glass.
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Color Without Rules: Mark Gould Gallery

Mark Gould’s dynamic, color-saturated paintings unite the light of New Mexico with the measureless landscapes of his Midwestern childhood. Read a full-length feature on the artist’s work in Acrylic Artist, a creative guide to the acrylic medium. You’ll find an online-exclusive gallery of Gould’s work below.
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The 2010 Artist’s Magazine Portrait/Figure Winners

Click here to get the December 2010 issue of Magazine.Portrait/FigureFirst PlaceAlejandro RosembergBuenos Aires, Argentina • (oil, 28×20)The year 2010 has been good for Alejandro Rosemberg. His paintings won prizes in exhibitions in Chile and Spain and were recognized in national contests in his home country of Argentina.
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Artist of the Month: Scott E. Bartner

Portrait of Eva (oil, 44×31) by Scott Bartner was a finalist in the portrait/figure category of Magazine‘s 27th Annual Art Competition.Scott BartnerHometown: Maastricht, The Netherlands Art Years:I didn’t paint until my late 20s, after pursuing a career in finance. Art made me feel productive, which my office job couldn’t offer.
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Watercolor Artist Web Exclusive | Keiko Tanabe Gallery

“I’m interested in how people live, whether it’s people in my own culture or others,” says Keiko Tanabe in the December 2010 issue of Watercolor Artist. An overview of her work confirms it’s true: cityscapes and streetscapes depicting everyday life in cities all over the world are among the artist’s favorite subjects, but even her more bucolic landscapes tell a human story.
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Ellen Eagle | Evocative Pastel Portraits

Ellen Eagle has a bachelor of fine arts degree with distinction in drawing from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California. She has also studied and taught at the Art Students League of New York. Her work is represented by Forum Gallery in New York City.To read more about Eagle see the April 2011 issue of Magazine.
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David Jon Kassan | Portrait Drawings and Paintings

David Jon Kassan, noted for his evocative portraits and figure paintings, credits Rembrandt as a major influence—along with Jusepe de Ribera, Stanley Spencer, Edwin Dickinson and Robert Rauschenberg. He’s received honors from several organizations, including the Salmagundi Club, Portrait Society of America, National Academy School of Fine Arts, the Art Students League, and many other organizations.
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Watercolor Artist Web-Exclusive | Sandra Walker Gallery

“I’m a photorealist painter who finds inspiration in man-made structures,” says American-born artist Sandra Walker, featured in the April 2011 issue of Watercolor Artist. Now a resident of England, where she’s an elected member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Walker revels in the city landscapes of both Europe and the United States.
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37 Tools for Powerful Landscapes

Powerful Watercolor LandscapesBy Catherine Gill with Beth MeansDo you want more from your paintings? Ready to really “Wow!” your viewers with paintings that have more meaning, stronger values, a more interesting composition, or that special something that you can’t put your finger on, but when you see it you know it’s good?
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