Splash 12: Celebrating Artistic Vision (Splash: The Best of Watercolor)

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A chance pose by an impatient child model The simple view through a weathered door These are just a few of the "sparks" behind the more than striking paintings on these pages. Captions offer insight from the artists themselves who share the approaches they use to bring their visions into focus.

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The late Henry Fukuhara painted the scene on page 90 when he was 96 years old, completely blind and bedridden, a profound testament to the power of an artist's vision. His advice: "Don't be a reporter; be an entertainer. Dive in, and see where of today's brightest watercolor visionaries have taken this celebrated medium. Many artists exercise their vision in observing people and expressing the emotion of a fleeting moment in a facial expression or a bodily gesture.

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Others find their inspiration in the timeless moments of nature and in things that will far outlast our lifetimes. But in all of these cases each artist carries within them the beauty that is just waiting to be energized by an inspirational moment or idea. And, oh yes, we are reminded by Bev Jozwiak that there is also some hard work involved.

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Tenacity wins out over talent every time. This is why we are celebrating the vision of the artists in this book. They not only admired the beauty they saw or imagined, they put in the time to learn how to translate it into paint and paper so that we can share their vision. For that we are all richer.


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I took several liberties including giving the back wall of the palazzo more color, and exaggerating atmospheric perspective to the far buildings. I made architectural changes to the buildings on both sides of Rio di San Barnaba, and changed the patterns of light so that shadows would climb up a portion of the wall on the left. Finally I used the work of Jean Dubuffet as inspiration to simply make up abstract patterns of reflections in the water, all to give the painting more visual interest.

One of the great epiphanies on the artistic road is the realization that we are painting light, not things.

If you can paint light, you can paint anything under the sun. Frank LaLumia. Snow in the Foothills is our road home, the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains just west of Trinidad, Colorado. Drawing inspiration from the world around us is a big part of being an artist. Your body of work is your autobiography. Kathy Collins. Bicycling by a river in early evening, I witnessed shimmering light on the water contrasted with the dark wooded riverbanks.

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Pulling a sketchbook from my backpack, I penned a quick line drawing. In the studio I splashed watercolor onto a full sheet of paper, trying to recreate my impression of the dramatic value contrast, while retaining the softness of the fading light. This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?

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Create a List. Summary The Splash series has earned a reputation as a premier showcase of contemporary watercolor. Read on the Scribd mobile app Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere. Kathy Collins Bicycling by a river in early evening, I witnessed shimmering light on the water contrasted with the dark wooded riverbanks.


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