Summer 2011

As any artist can attest, versatility is the key to a long and illustrious career. The ability to work with a variety of media, subject matter, and techniques helps keep skills up-to-date, the mind engaged, and one's creativity consistently challenged. With that in mind, we've decided to use this issue to explore the myriad options for those painting with acrylics. As we celebrate our 25 years in print, the editors of Watercolor have realized that we, too, must constantly challenge our limits and perceptions. Although acrylic painting didn't become widespread until the 1950s, it has rapidly emerged as a credible medium for artists of all styles and techniques.

After all, if we don't constantly push our limits as artists, how will we discover how capable we actually are?




4 Editor’s Note

6 Contributors

10 Noteworthy

24 Become Your Own Best Teacher
With nearly 50 years of experience as a painter, Karen Frey continues to challenge herself and move in new directions by taking a close look at her past work.

34 Cover Competition Winners
We profile the 10 finalists in our annual cover competition, with each artist offering a valuable lesson that you can apply to your own artistic practice.

46 Take an Abstract Approach to Realism
After years of working as an oil painter, Colorado artist Susan Hinton gave watercolor a try and discovered that the second time’s the charm.

56 Use Sketches to Build a Sense of Place
BY JAMES DUNCAN Architect and watercolorist David Savellano captures the beauty of San Francisco by balancing speed, precision, and spontaneity.

64 Cindy Brabec-King: Facing Challenges Head-On
For this Colorado artist, painting with watercolor is endlessly exciting because she never stops setting new goals and pushing her creative and technical limits.

74 Combine Techniques to Achieve Oil- Like Effects
Using thick applications of paint and elements of both realism and abstraction, Washington state artist Bev Jozwiak creates watercolors that have the richness of oil paintings.
82 Create an Acrylic Portrait Step by Step
New Jersey artist, illustrator, and graphic designer Matt Cauley finds that the fast drying time of acrylics suits his approach to creating fine art. Here, he offers a demonstration of how he creates his evocative and emotive portraits.

86 Create Your Best Paintings On-Site
Working exclusively en plein air, Jana Matusz uses acrylic and crayon to transform inspiring landscapes into strong paintings.

96 Coming In...

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