I’m a color junkie. In fashion, in design, and especially in painting,
vibrant color is what gets me creative. But before the image of Mimi
from The Drew Carey Show
becomes forever attached to my name in your mind, I’ll point out that I
can control myself…sometimes. It’s tough, though, especially now that
spring is officially here and I’m starting to see hints of color
Over and over again I hear artists cooing about the thick richness
of oil paints and its appealing spreadability, and yes, all of that is totally true.
But artist Bev Jozwiak is giving oil a run for its money in terms of buttery appearance
and saturated colors, and she’s doing it with watercolor.
No apologies from me for that attempt at sensationalism (I would have
written tabloid headlines in another life). The truth is I was lucky
enough to sit down and chat with artist and instructor C.W. Mundy, who
is generous with both his time and his talents. We chatted about his upbringing, strategies for being a successful artist, and more.
When I’m landscape painting I’m always drawn to the curious, in-between
places where the outdoors and indoors meet. This could be an
ivy-smothered barn that almost looks like it is disappearing into the
landscape, or an ocean view from an open window. The places where
architecture and the natural world collide make a composition
eye-catching and compelling because they integrate elements that we
usually think of as distinct and separate. Bringing them together
creates a tension that some of the landscape paintings I like best have
I judge a successful cityscape painting by whether or not the
architecture, the weather, and the figures—everything in the
painting—combine to transport me somewhere different. If that happens
and the barrier between my reality and the painted alternative gets a
little blurry, letting me see different sites and locales as though I
were actually there, the painting is a winner.
Artists are the sharpest of observers, attuned to a person's passing
gesture or the play of light and shadow on a building façade—but not
everything that catches our eye is a painting waiting to happen. For
Utah watercolorist Joseph Alleman, the stories that hold his interest are reflections of his passions and his environment.