Watercolor artists have one thing in common: their ability to mesmerize us with their work. From the effortless brushstrokes to the pools of color to the eloquent forms they contain, watercolor paintings pull us in and keep us looking. The medium is alive and invigorated with so many contemporary talents working right now, which is why Watercolor Artists Today: The Best Watercolor Paintings in Contemporary Art is sure to be an asset for any art aficionado, patron, and collector. In Watercolor Artist Today, a free eBook brought to you by Southwest Art, you’ll find the portfolios of three talented painters in the field of watercolor art along with their beautiful watercolor paintings and an in-depth chapter on each artist and what draws them to their chosen medium.
In a day and age when the world is abuzz with imagery and we skip over and scan briefly so much of what we see, watercolor art is an antidote. An art form that lures us to reflect and absorb without rushing, watercolor art at its best is meant to be immersive and absorbing. In Watercolor Artists Today: The Best Watercolor Paintings in Contemporary Art, we hope you will find yourself doing just that—paying close attention and truly seeing the cool watercolor paintings being created and how the three chosen artists in the eBook go about them.
The first chapter focuses on Dean Mitchell’s watercolor pictures. A veritable savant in the field of watercolor art, Mitchell has been compared to several artistic masters including Vermeer, Wyeth, Home, and Hopper. His watercolor paintings capture a sense of place and of people that is steeped in the here and now, not harkening back to a bygone era. Living not far from his boyhood hometown, Mitchell revisits familiar places and people and his works take on that immediacy and trueness of vision.
In Watercolor Artists Today: The Best Watercolor Paintings in Contemporary Art, you will also find the Western watercolor paintings of Nelson Boren, who tightly crops his compositions and allows the viewer to project their own narratives onto the work. Engaging the viewer’s imagination, Boren makes watercolor pictures that are open-ended, sometimes humorous, and always skillfully executed. Often depicting cowboy boots, spurs, and fly-fishing, Boren’s watercolors evoke a time gone by as well as the pastimes of quietude in the outdoors.
Laurin McCracken’s works round out those offered up in Watercolor Artists Today: The Best Watercolor Paintings in Contemporary Art. His watercolor paintings reflect, refract, and shine with interesting and unusual light shapes and shadow shapes. Taking on landscapes, cityscapes, and still lifes as his most common watercolor art subjects, McCracken brings a virtuosic skill to all his works. He stretches what watercolor is capable of with his use of it in depicting glass, silver, and even firelight.
It is an exciting time to study contemporary watercolor artists. There are a number of them worth watching, worth collecting, and most definitely worth knowing of. The skillful works of the artists in Watercolor Artists Today: The Best Watercolor Paintings in Contemporary Art give us an exciting and engaging place to start learning about the contemporary watercolor painting scene. From there you can reach out to the watercolor artists whose work you love, seek out their work for inclusion in your collection, or find out when and where their works will be shown next. So if watercolor art excites you as much as it does us, download your free copy of the eBook, Watercolor Artists Today: The Best Watercolor Paintings in Contemporary Art. It provides inspiration and an exciting entryway to the world of watercolor art.