Exploring Art… Watercolor Painting
In watercolor painting, pigment is suspended in a water soluble vehicle. Since the pigment is water soluble, the paint is transparent. The pigment is usually painted onto a paper or canvas surface, but vellum, wood, papyrus and other supports can be used. When painting on a light surface, the transparency of the pigment allows light to reflect off of the support, giving the painting a luminous quality.
Watercolor painting techniques are unique to watercolor. Since watercolor painting process is affected by paper, absorbency, transparency, drying, etc. it is unlike oil or acrylic painting, which pretty much stays put and dries where it is painted.
The history of watercolor is extremely old, perhaps dating to the Paleolithic era. But, watercolor didn’t become a consistently used medium until the Renaissance.
As with other artwork on paper. Watercolors should be framed behind UV glass for protection, and kept out of direct sunlight.
Below are some wonderful original watercolor paintings. As with all of my featured art/artists these are pieces I would purchase for myself or as a gift.
- Pink Bougainvillea by Salamander Art
- Purple and White Iris by Jacqueline Gnott
- Cottages at Mowsley by Andy Shore
- Over the Sea 15 by Randall Tipton
- Reflective Lake by Shanti Marie
- Waves by Janice Ashworth
- Bloodhound by Ron Krajewski
- Striding Out on a Sunny Morning by Alison Fennell
- Greenhouse by Gabriella Fiabane
- Gala Apple by Michelle Podgorski