This week, Colin J. Callahan talks about staying loose while conveying a scene.
These are both beautifully done watercolors, especially the scene looking into the valley. The loose combination of colors and the subtle focus of the light field is well done, but the artist should be careful not to let the water in the foreground distract the eye. In the snow-filled painting, some of the rolled bales could have been done a little more loosely so they blended into the snow a little more at the bottom. All in all, however, the artist has a really nice sense of control with this tricky medium and he clearly understands the relationship of light and color. He might find it helpful to look for one of the recently published catalogues on the travel studies done by William Turner. They are a great example of how to stay loose and still convey a scene.
Down the Valley
2007, watercolor, 8 1/2 x 12 1/4.
About the Critic
Colin J. Callahan teaches painting and art history at St. Paul's School, in Concord, New Hampshire, where he also runs the school's gallery. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, Massachusetts, and he studied painting at Centro Barbieri, in Rome, Italy. Callahan is represented by Anderson-Soule Gallery, in Concord, New Hampshire. To view the artist's work, visit www.colincallahan.com.
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