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Happy March!

It has been another fine month for viewing the many wonderful watercolor paintings submitted to our galleries. I hope you enjoy seeing what we've chosen as the best of the month at watercolorists. Deciding on just ten is always difficult and all the more so near the end when one favorite must give way to another equally good. Here they are:


Kseniya by yushnikova Kseniya by yushnikova

Beautiful lighting and her intense gaze serve to make this a portrait worthy of another look. High contrast, harmonious colors and tender brushwork are all admirable.

Wet Sand by MichaelHocking Wet sand by MichaelHocking

The muted colors and soft shoreline silhouettes make a magical combination. This balanced composition has a quiet, thoughtful feel.

Red Riding Hood by PowermadMistress Red Riding Hood by PowermadMistress

Using a very narrow palette the artist has created an elegant and dramatic image that perfectly encapsulates the terror inherent in this favorite Brothers Grimm tale.

Demons by Mysteltain08 Demons by Mysteltain08

This disturbing and beautiful work is well composed with every element feeding off the other. The blue, gray, and green palette gives this tremendous impact.

Cloudwalker by CrystalLSI7 Cloudwalker by CrystalLSI7

The symmetry and exciting colors make this a very intriguing painting. The beauty and harmony of the work is almost musical in that a few notes have been embellished and arranged within this masklike structure

Chihiro to meet No Face by Why2be Chihiro to meet No Face by Why2be

Miyazaki has created marvelous worlds of fantasy. This gentle watercolor captures the spirit of his stories and the design elements have been arranged in graceful unity tying together the soft primary colors with confident ink lines.

Riverbed by aakritiarts Riverbed by aakritiarts

Most artists who paint in a photo-realistic style use oil or acrylic paints. When you see this in watercolor, you take notice because knowing how to handle the precise mix of colors is astonishing. It is all about painstaking patience and it's technical merit is unique.

Bagnoregio by micorl Bagnoregio by micorl

A good work of art takes more than an artist and a subject - it takes an emotional connection that speaks to our collective imagination. In his use of a muted palette and soft lighting the artist has captured the details and craftsmanship of this ancient mill.

Train by falconcentral67 Train by falconcentral67

There's something very romantic about trains even when they are freight carriers rather old fashioned passenger trains. In this painting the artist has captured the power and volume of the locomotive reflected against a softly lit evening sky and landscape.

A3 Watercolour Ernie by Spangledstars A3 Watercolour Ernie by Spangledstars

Paintings are like poetry in that they evoke certain feelings, certain emotions that function within our psyches on a more primitive level. I admire the strong colors and composition of this watercolor portrait.

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Wherever you may be we trust the promise of spring is in your hearts and fingertips. Keep up the outstanding work we all enjoy seeing here at watercolorists each and every month.

Please don't forget to vote for your own favorite in our poll..
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32 deviants said Riverbed by aakritiarts
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lizasart Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks VIOletLips I got some Arches 140 cold press have not used it yet ,Thanks for helping!!
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Cmac13 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015   General Artist
you're very welcome
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lizasart Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Could anyone recommend a good watercolour paper, seen some lovely ones being used here and it makes my cheap paper look sadly lacking!!
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VIOletLIPS Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Student
My all time favorite watercolor paper is Arches! I started with the high quality 300 CP.
I buy the huge sheets and cut them down by hand. 
Other wise the Arches 140 CP is great too! I just drown mine in water and stretch it! 

I hope that helps!
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Cmac13 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015   General Artist
Here's a link for you to check out regarding the various watercolor papers out there
www.dickblick.com/watercolor/p…
Generally it's a matter of cost  - thankfully I'm able to use blocks of
Arches watercolor paper for my work :nod:
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lizasart Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Cmac 13 had a look at the video very informative I think I will try the Arches soon. Thanks fro your help!!
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Cmac13 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015   General Artist
my pleasure :glomp:
have fun :boogie:
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phantsythat Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi Liza,
The brands of watercolour paper are different depending upon where you live. The general rule is to buy the best 100% cotton paper you can afford (good paper is more important than high quality paint) - 140lb or 300gm is very satisfactory, although some professional artists prefer even heavier weights. Another thing to consider is what's known as the tooth of the paper. Cold press watercolor paper has texture. Little bumps and grooves hold in the water and pigment, soaking up the water pretty quickly. Cold press is a good choice when you want to convey texture in your subject. Hot press is smooth, untextured paper that doesn't soak up the water as fast as the cold press, allowing you to play around more, like re-wetting edges of pigment. You might want to try samples of each to see what best suits your style.

Since you live in the UK you are lucky to have some excellent choices. I've been using Arches papers for years - usually in blocks (glued around the edges of the block so you don't have to worry about stretching the paper). Saunders Waterford is also a very good brand. What's most important to remember is high quality.

Your work is already very nice (I love your 'Chimp') and well deserving of the best materials you can afford to purchase.
Best wishes,
Susan
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Cmac13 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015   General Artist
thanks for your comment :boogie: always a pleasure reading your input :manhug:
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lizasart Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Phantsythat  your information was very useful .I just bought some langton cold pressed 140lb hopefully this will be a good start and I think I will get some small pads of different types of paper to try .Thanks!
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