With summer in full swing, I've been spending as much time as
possible outdoors, going to concerts and plays, walking from place to
place when I do my errands, and just finding every excuse for an
outdoor excursion. Landscape painting is another perk of the season.
There's something invigorating about stepping outside and sharing space
with your subject matter--breathing the same air, seeing the same light,
and having an in-the-moment experience with the landscape.
Brooklyn-based artist Allison Maletz doesn't want to use
watercolor in a traditional way. Although her work is representational
and often figure-based, exploring themes of human connection and the
quirky, often dysfunctional, "average American family," she refuses be
bound by any rules about how to handle the paint.
any artist will tell you that there's a certain appeal to working
outdoors that can't be found anywhere else. With spring in full swing,
many of us have left our studios for our porches, backyards, and beyond.
To celebrate the season and all of the landscape art being made, here are 10 ways you can make the most of your next outdoor painting session.
One of the best things about joining the Artist Daily team is seeing
incredible artwork on a daily basis. This is especially true in the
area of watercolor. I wasn't too familiar with many contemporary
artists working in the medium before I started working here, but I've
become quite the watermedia fan in the last few months. And after
snaring a quick peek at the table of contents for the upcoming summer
issue of Watercolor, I have quite a few more artists to add to my "watch" list.
It’s only May, and already I’m fantasizing about summer road trips
and exotic jaunts. But then I remember that almost every time I go on
vacation my glow wears off once the artists show up. Inevitably, I see
a traveler who is painting or sketching, creating significant and
personal mementos while I am left envious and grumpy because all I have
to take home are cheesy postcards and tacky magnets. This can’t go on!