Roses and Delphiniums
by Janet Walsh, 2009, watercolor, 201⁄2 x 16.
Janet Walsh recently stopped by our New York office to deliver a new set of watercolor paintings to be photographed for her next article in Watercolor magazine. The images will illustrate the next installment of her popular Watercolor Fundamentals articles that offer detailed examples and complete instructions on painting flowers and still life arrangements. Because Janet is an experienced teacher and a past president of the American Watercolor Society, she has a special gift for helping artists master the exciting and challenging aspects of transparent watercolor. She is able to explain a complicated process in ways that are easy to understand and apply.
Janet is one of several professional artists who contribute to Watercolor on a regular basis, and we are grateful to all of them for helping to make the magazine a valuable, must-read resource for artists who love watermedia painting. Their step-by-step demonstrations and clear explanations are helpful to eager beginners as well as seasoned professionals.
I often hear people say, “Watercolor is difficult because you can’t correct your mistakes,” and I respond by pointing out that the articles in each quarterly issue of Watercolor can help artists avoid mistakes, salvage unresolved paintings, and master the medium. The beauty of watercolor is that it is at once simple and complicated. The three basic tools—paper, brush, and paint—can offer a lifetime of challenges and rewards.