Spring 2011

Turn Mistakes into Masterpieces; create the element of surprise with acrylics; get creative with Sunlight and Shadow; use value studies To Save Time; go inside Workshops With the Pros 

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CONTENTS


4 Editor’s Note

7 Contributors

10 Noteworthy

22 Pure Energy: The Paintings of Bernard Chaet
BY JOHN A. PARKS
This master painter and teacher makes the most of watercolor’s expressive capabilities, and his artwork and writings explore connections between technique and creativity in art.

32 Embrace the Obstacles Inherent in Watermedia Painting
BY BOB BAHR
Artist-instructor Soon Y. Warren enjoys the challenges of manipulating watermedia— mostly because, for her, it’s not a challenge.

42 Jim McFarlane: Letting Go of the Details
BY NAOMI EKPERIGIN
During his five-week plein air workshop in Pennsylvania, American Watercolor Society president Jim McFarlane shows students of all levels how to focus on the bigger picture.

54 Creativity With Sunlight and Shadow
BY TOM LYNCH
When I find myself inspired by a location, I often use it as the basis for more than one painting. With each version, I experiment with elements that best convey my experience with the subject, leading to evocative images.
62 Rendering Shades of White in Watercolor
BY BOB BAHR
California artist Michael Reardon finds that he can best capture the effects of light by applying white paint over the brilliant white of watercolor paper.

70 Creating the Element of Surprise With Acrylics
BY LINDA S. PRICE
Britt Freda uses experimental techniques and takes on unconventional subjects to challenge viewers with the unexpected.

78 Philip Pearlstein: A Champion of Watercolor
BY NAOMI EKPERIGIN
New York artist Philip Pearlstein is often credited for the resurgence of representational art in the 20th century, but a look at his career shows that he lent the same support to watercolor.

82 Learning to Make Strong Decisions and Strong Designs
BY NAOMI EKPERIGIN
A visit to one of Timothy J. Clark’s classes at the Arts Students League of New York showed that a focus on foundational skills coupled with independent thinking can inspire students of all levels.

88 Susan Shatter: The View From the Top
BY NAOMI EKPERIGIN
This artist has gained a reputation as a painter of seascapes and landscapes that not only capture the depth and breadth of her subject but also sweep viewers away.

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