“My watercolors and urban sketches are inspired by both my excursions around the world and, especially, in my “weird” city of Austin. My entire life has been filled with color and my paintings reflect it. As I look back over time, I find that painting watercolors has helped the former perfectionist in me loosen up, because I’ve learned to let the paint flow how it wishes and to enjoy the results. This mentality has spilled over into my non-painting life as well and has improved my overall way of living. I wish to share that same joy and freedom with my audiences.”
“i’m not an art collector.”
Who is an art collector? You don’t have to be a millionaire or own only Picassos and Matisses to be considered an art collector. When you see a painting and it captivates you—you see an interesting story in it, the colors mesmerize you, you can’t peel your eyes away from it—and you are drawn to buy it and hang it where you can see it everyday, that means you have the heart of a collector. An art collector is someone who loves art, appreciates art, and showcases the art they love and appreciate.
You can own one painting or many, by one artist or many. Whatever makes your heart sing. Art collectors encourage artists to keep creating new art and experimenting with their style. And due to their patronage, artists also grow and further beautify the world. So, in essence, YOU can be a collector too.
original art or prints?
Original art is an excellent, one-of-a-kind investment. The nuances of the actual paint and water on watercolor paper just cannot be replicated with even the best giclée prints. If you are on a budget, prints are an excellent way to fill your walls with artwork. The giclée printing process uses specialized inks and nozzles to create extremely high-quality reproductions that reportedly last for one hundred years. But an original painting by an artist can increase in value as the artist develops his/her craft, skill, and reputation. If there is demand for prints of a particular painting, it actually increases the value of the original. So, whenever you are able to afford it, buying an original is always a good investment.
watercolors vs. oils vs. acrylics
Watercolors are often given third place behind oils and acrylics because it is a common notion that they are “easy,” “kid’s paints,” and/or “for botanical and nature illustrations only.” None of that is true. They may be “easy” in the sense that they don’t require a lot of specialized materials. All you really need is paper, brush, water, and professional-quality pigments to work all sorts of magic. Many professional artists agree that watercolors are the hardest medium of the three though. Why is that?
The first reason is unlike oils & acrylics, you cannot cover your mistakes because watercolors are transparent and not opaque. This means that through painting multiple layers (think colorful layers of cellophane), colors become vibrant and defined. Once a color is put on paper, it affects the mood of the entire, finished painting. So, each stroke and color must be carefully thought out before putting brush to paper.
The second reason is watercolors are very unpredictable. A painting is a carefully-synchronized dance between the amount of water, the amount of pigment, the type of paper, and the artist’s vision. The biggeset ‘x’ factor is water, which makes the medium very unpredictable and difficult to control. So, all watercolor artists have to be willing to “go with the flow,” literally, and discover how to harmonize the will of the wet paint with the will of the artist.
Although oils and acrylics are beautiful in their own way, watercolor is technically a very difficult medium to master.