Fall 2011

This issue marks the 25th Anniversary of Watercolor. To celebrate, we present 25 tips, 25 painting locations, and 25 tools that today's top watermedia painters say they can't do without.

We also take a look at the innovations of early practitioners and trace the masterful use of watercolor throughout history.

Our list of 25 workshops, classes, and locations presents upcoming opportunities to help improve your painting skills at venues across the country. We hope that the diverse collection of artists, tips, and profiles in this issue keeps you painting for years to come—after all, many have helped paved the way so that we could do so. Happy anniversary!



6 Editor’s Note

8 Contributors

10 Noteworthy

22 Top Tips & New Products

30 The Masterful Use of Watercolor Throughout History
by John A. Parks
From the first daring practitioners in the 18th century to the modern artists of the 20th century, watercolor has long been a medium of the masters.

38 Hardie Gramatky: Just for the Love of the Doing
by Naomi Ekperigin
He is considered one of the 20 great American watercolorists by Andrew Wyeth, yet Hardie Gramatky has gotten short shrift in recent years. A look at the artist’s work provides insight into a prolific painter who influenced a generation of young readers, as well as one of our country’s most prominent painters.

46 Mary Whyte: Preserving Unsung Heroes
by Naomi Ekperigin
Mary Whyte, one of the country’s preeminent watercolorists, has used portraiture to bring attention to a segment of society that often goes unrecognized and undepicted in art. Her dedication recently culminated in an exhibition immortalizing blue-collar workers.

54 25 Artists to Watch
Working with a wide range of subject matter, techniques, and materials, these artists demonstrate possibilities for working with gouache, acrylic, and transparent watercolor that will have skeptics reassessing and inspire fellow artists to pick up a brush.

80 Portable Portraits
by James Gurney
To paint a candid watercolor portrait away from the comforts of your studio, you’ll need a small sketchbook, a compact watercolor set, and a hefty dose of courage.

86 Inside the Artist’s Studio: Master Palettes
by Naomi Ekperigin
For many artists, selecting a palette of colors is as personal as choosing subject matter. Although the tools aren’t as important as the way in which they are used, insight into the palettes of various professional painters can provide a jumping-off point for further study and experimentation in your own practice.

92 25 Locations to Study Watercolor
One of the great things about being a watercolor painter is the wealth of educational opportunities available to help you further your craft. Here is a small sampling of watercolor classes and workshops to be found in 25 states during the coming months.

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