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TheSplashseries has earned a reputation as a premier showcase of contemporary watercolor. Year after year, artists and art enthusiasts look forward to its big, beautiful images, innovative approaches and insightful commentary. Continuing the tradition, this 12th edition celebratesartistic vision-delivering a stunning diversity of ideas, inspiration, and breathtaking art-in short, everything fans of this series have come to expect, including the wonderfully unexpected. Explore how artists seize upon moments of beauty and wonder, inject emotional content and personal interpretation, and translate it all into brilliant standout paintings. Impossibly red tomatoes picked fresh from the garden. . . 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 120 striking paintings on these pages. Captions offer insight from the artists themselves who share the approaches they use to bring their visions into focus. 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. " Page after page,Splash 12offers up this kind of hard-earned wisdom, personal epiphanies and artist-to-artist advice for making others stop, look, and enjoy the view. Dive in, and see where 100 of today's brightest watercolor visionaries have taken this celebrated medium.
Featured artist Jerry Stitt contemplates that "A painting is good not because it looks like something, but because it feels like something. " The difference is passion - the kind of energy, excitement and pure joy that pulses through every page of this book. A brilliant collection of the best watercolors being created today,Splash 10explores "passion" through the work and words of 100 top contemporary painters. With each modern-day masterpiece, insightful firsthand commentary taps into the psyche of the artists to explore where their passion comes from, and where it leads them. These artists find the passion to paint in any number of places - a handful of peppermints, a rescued dog named Tugboat, visits to places where "even the walls have personality," and spectacular moments created by the warm late-afternoon sun partnering with rich, cool cast shadows. Some of them find passion in their materials (like rice paper) or in the very act of putting paint to paper, whether it be broad, wet strokes of pure color applied with big brushes and arm-swinging applications, or meditative, economical strokes. This edition ofSplashis dedicated to discovering not only how today's artists create great watercolors, but what motivates them to be creative, work in this amazing medium, and portray the subjects they love.
When life, or the spirit of experimentation, or the whim of watercolor itself leads artists outside their comfort zone, conditions are favorable for something new and wonderful to happen. Splash 11: New Directions features 126 such somethings, representing the best watercolor work being created today.As intriguing as the paintings themselves, the artists talk about what inspired these new directions - anything from a trip around the world to a bowl of apples passed by a hundred times before. Find out how a workshop, a new brush, or a new perspective (like painting into the sun) injected these works with fresh energy, emotion and inner reflection.In true Splash tradition, the sheer diversity of work within is stunning - from thick, dark and dramatic to light, loose and washy . . . in some cases all in the same piece. You'll find work from favorite Splash watercolorists, along with quite a few new artists never before seen in print.Anyone who has a passion for art will appreciate the thrill of discovery and freshness of technique that fills these pages. For painters who aspire to keep their own art lives fresh and exciting, this work - and the stories behind it - offer powerful inspiration to change it up, stand in a new place, and paint that painting you think you can't.
A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but the less expected routes are what more often lead artists from inspiration to great paintings. Splash 13explores the paths less traveled. . . real solutions and alternative approaches from 100 of today's masters of the medium. Pulsing with the spirit of play and experimentation, over 100 paintings are accompanied by insight from the artists revealing how they pushed the limits of color, blurred the boundary between realism and abstraction, embraced accidents, and did away with expectations, traditional thinking. . . and sometimes even brushes! Filled with stunning paintings, fresh inspiration and ground-breaking innovation,Splash 13: Alternative Approachesis a must-have showcase for artists and art-lovers alike.
The Potential of Watercolor Revealed Luminous, dynamic and expressive, watercolor is an intriguing medium for artist and viewer alike. Splash 9: Watercolor Secretsinvites you to push your own creative potential to new heights as you explore the work of more than 100 of today's best watercolor artists. Page after page showcases a diverse array of styles and subjects, from quiet still lifes to animated streetscapes to mood-filled portraits. Each featured artist punctuates this collection with his or her own distinctive mastery of the medium. In every work, you'll see how color, composition and personal inspiration blend with years of practice, commitment and experimentation to create resonant works of stunning beauty. Created specifically for artists and art lovers,Splash 9invites you to discover watercolor on a deeper level, providing detailed commentary from the artists themselves on every piece. You'll learn about their influences, their challenges and, most importantly, their specialized painting techniques. Delight in the secrets of this inspiring collection!
Celebrate the beauty, diversity and expression of drawing with this second collection in theStrokes of Geniusseries - 140 examples of the finest drawing being done today. Fresh from the studios and sketchpads of 100 artists, these striking creations run the gamut from highly detailed, remarkably realistic images that were months in the making, to contour drawings, journal sketches and gestures captured in mere minutes. Selections feature original approaches to landscapes, portraits and other classic subjects, along with offbeat inspirations like vintage photos and washed-off watercolor paintings. In these pages you'll find: A vast range of mediums and combinations, including charcoal, pencil, pastel, ink and more An exciting mix of styles and techniques presented in subject-specific chapters: Portraits, Cityscapes, Animals, the Human Figure, Landscapes and Still Life Firsthand perspective on the processes behind the work, offering expert insights on capturing atmosphere, telling a story, finding the right pose, achieving vitality of line, and much more With a special focus on the power of light and shadow, this work has an immediacy that is honest and engaging. Filled with strokes of poetry, precision and passion, this is a memorable collection of art as well as an inspiring survey of techniques that artists use to translate impressions to paper.
Celebrate the beauty, diversity and expression of drawing with this second collection in the Strokes of Genius series - 140 examples of the finest drawing being done today. Fresh from the studios and sketchpads of 100 artists, these striking creations run the gamut from highly detailed, remarkably realistic images that were months in the making, to contour drawings, journal sketches and gestures captured in mere minutes. Selections feature original approaches to landscapes, portraits and other classic subjects, along with offbeat inspirations like vintage photos and washed-off watercolor paintings. In these pages you'll find: A vast range of mediums and combinations, including charcoal, pencil, pastel, ink and more An exciting mix of styles and techniques presented in subject-specific chapters: Portraits, Cityscapes, Animals, the Human Figure, Landscapes and Still Life Firsthand perspective on the processes behind the work, offering expert insights on capturing atmosphere, telling a story, finding the right pose, achieving vitality of line, and much more With a special focus on the power of light and shadow, this work has an immediacy that is honest and engaging. Filled with strokes of poetry, precision and passion, this is a memorable collection of art as well as an inspiring survey of techniques that artists use to translate impressions to paper.
"Drawing is the connection between eye, heart and hand."--Linda WesnerDrawing is a fundamental skill for artists in any medium, a wonderfully direct means of expression and the driving inspiration behind this provoking collection. Strokes of Genius 3 celebrates drawing as an art form in its own right, featuring work from 95 of today's brightest artists.In this brilliant collection of drawings, 95 contemporary artists explore the subjects that touch their hearts and discuss how they capture them in their medium of choice. In addition to traditional pencil, charcoal and ink, you'll find a number of scratchboard, colored pencil and mixed-media works. Subject matter ranges from timeworn city architecture to portraits of beloved dogs, including such perennial favorites as landscapes, harbor scenes, flowers, still life, the human figure and more.· 140 world-class drawings, from simple, direct sketches to meticulously layered works of art selected from thousands of submissions· Exciting mix of styles, mediums and techniques, presented in subject-specific chapters: Town & County, Portraits, Pets, Still Life, The Human Figure and Wildlife· Artists' commentary on the concepts and techniques behind each pieceTo further explore the "Fresh Perspectives" theme, each featured artist was asked to finish the phrase, "Drawing is..." Their responses, scattered throughout, add yet another dimension to this book:"Drawing is a moment of poetry." "Drawing is to art what physics is to science.""Drawing is art stripped to its bare bones."Above all, it is the art itself that will cause you to keep this volume handy on the coffee table or bookshelf for when you want to curl up, look at the world through these artists' eyes, and come away with a more vivid sense of what drawing is--or can be--to you. Whether you are an artist in search of fresh inspiration or a connoisseur fascinated by great artwork and the processes behind it, Strokes of Genius 3 promises many pleasurable hours of browsing, appreciation and discovery.
Awe-inspiring works by contemporary masters, along with the secrets behind its creation. Drawing is the most intimate and immediate form of self-expression, fundamental to every artist's ability to communicate with a viewer. The sense of energy and expression that can be captured in mere strokes of charcoal, ink, pastel, marker or any of the other modest mediums proudly represented in this book is astounding. A glowing celebration of the art of drawing,Strokes of Geniusfeatures styles ranging from meticulous realism to imaginative flights of fancy, from lyrical sketches created in minutes to intricately layered renderings that took months to complete. 169 stand-out examples of the finest drawing being done today, selected from hundreds of submissions from around the world. An impressive range of styles, materials and techniques covering a wide array of subjects, including still life, the figure, animals, landscapes, portraits and more. Comments from the artists offer firsthand insight on the creation of each artwork, diverse perspectives on drawing, and fresh ideas and techniques. An incomparable source of inspiration and delight for artists and art lovers,Strokes of Geniuscontains hundreds of combined years of expertise, artistic breakthroughs and, above all, remarkable drawings that leave a lasting impression.
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