All about Water Color Painting
Welcome to the best and most comprehensive resource for watercolor painters on the Internet. This is a nonprofit, educational web site.
You'll find here information on all aspects of watercolor painting: papers, brushes, paints, "color theory," painting techniques, art instructional books, and more.
From the site creator:
My guiding idea has been that you, the painter, can teach yourself to see— and by seeing more clearly, improve your painting skills through consistent, attentive, observant practice.
Seeing means a more alert, questioning approach to the natural world and to the works of other artists; it means challenging your own painting stereotypes and aspirations; and it means opening yourself to your inexplicable, imaginative gift images. It also means a greater awareness of your art materials, your working habits, and the consequences of your design decisions and physical painting movements. All these apparently different types of seeing are really aspects of the same fundamental ability, and it is this ability that determines the quality of your work.
In that spirit, the site is really a record of my steps toward teaching myself to see through watercolors — a comprehensive art notebook, told from many points of view, in many different voices.
We live in an age of precanned media sensations, voyeuristic spectator recreations, nonsense political obsessions, cunning corporate deceptions and tacky psychobabble self explanations. By our outer directedpassive involvement, we become spiritual slaves in a world of unimaginable freedom.
Watercolors are so simple, inconsequential, low tech, that they slide like children's games through our oversophisicated world. Their poetry and sensual complexity make us realize that we have somehow lost our childlike ability to see — with the creative eye that reveals a world of strange and unexpected beauty.
The best artists are willing to learn by personal discipline and personal exploration. They do not accept what they are told; they see for themselves. But in watercolor there is an especially long, rich and varied tradition, from the early topographers to J.M.W. Turner, Winslow Homer, John Marin, Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Eliot O'Hara, Fairfield Porter, Gerhard Richter and Eric Fischl, of artists who by trial and errortaught themselves how to paint in watercolor ... because they were intrigued, fascinated, inspired by the medium.
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