Georgia O' Keeffee
Giovanna Garzoni (1600-1660 - 1670 Renaissance, Italy)
Through my many readings of books and internet pages, I selected some interesting subjects and inspirations about watercolor artists whom I look at with a particular fondness.
Winslow Homer...read more about him here
A master of light and brilliant watercolors. Awards on top of other awards. Also interesting to see how he diverisified his selling strategies and marketing plan.
... I cannot help but thinking this is a..copy of a photograph. Well executed, technically...
The use (or abuse?) of photograpy is evident in this reproduction of (or from) a blurred picture. But since I express only my opinion, it might be that this would considered as "real art" by collectors....
There are three main problems with using reference photographs:
- Values are exagerated
- Color is miss-represented (white balance)
- Depth of field is not how a human eye sees
In contrast with Paul Jackson's watercolors, here are Charles Reid watercolors, another one of famous watercolor artists.
His watercolros are painterly done, and I feel there is a big difference with the previous artists: Charles Reid can draw without being obsessed by the drawing process..
His watercolors are very often from life and even reference pictures are not copied but taken as a reference to draw from life with a free hand (to be even clearer, no lightbox, no projector is used). The result is sometimes a drawing not so perfect but this ADD to his work, in my opinion: you can see it's done by an artist able to modify and adapt reality to his message - mood, lightness, feeling. It's only a pity we cannot see these watercolors from life, they will give us a better impression even.
Splashing is a technique Charles Reid uses often (see the "dots" all over the painting?). The highlights are often there where he thinks there should be as well and not only and exactly where you see them in real life . Colors are very often not exactly "as they are" in reality. All what I have just said you can see and learn in his DVDs where you will also be able to see how he drags the brush over the paper without removing it from the surface until he mixes the colors directly on the paper.
In one word, this is how to paint painterly. The result is a non-100%-realistic watercolor - not a copy of a photograph - but a much personal work of art.
An excellent watercolorist...but the drawing and so the end result is clearly made with a projector/window on top of a photograph (I could see the DVD and compared the line drawing with the reference picture she used) and so mimicking exactly the highlights. The painting is VERY realistic, technically well made, "pretty"..but not as genuine and fresh as a Homer's watercolor. As I said, Sue Archer made a great DVD where she extensively teaches her way to paint in watercolor and how she creates and PLAN her color palette and work. I recommend it highly.. I would also recommend her to move to next step in her art: be painterly and move away from photography
Italy and art...anyone noticing anything here?
And here we are opening a new frontier....
A, well, artistic watercolor, nearly a "conceptual art". But interesting to see what you can do with watercolors...