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Forms and Materiality: The Art Portfolio of R. Dale McElwee

A painting of a statue with warm coloursBarachiel

R. Dale McElwee is an artist who often paints in watercolour, recreating and remixing imagery from New Orleans cemeteries. In many of his works, R. Dale examines the forms and materiality of stone statues, as well as plants and other environmental features.


A watercolour painting of a water main cover in New OrleansUntitled

 

I really enjoy the dreamlike colour schemes that R. Dale employs in his recent gallery of works from 2017. The paintings utilize the diffuse nature of the…

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The Watercolour Art Portfolio of Kathleen Contri

A watercolour painting of a colourful farmlandNorthwind Perennial Farm

Kathleen Contri is an artist who works primarily in watercolour, capturing her surroundings and imaginary scenes with equal exuberance.


An acrylic painting of a bridge in a Japanese gardenBridge at Anderson Japanese Garden, acrylic on canvas

 

Many of the artist’s works take the form of beautiful landscapes packed with colour -- I like the way that Kathleen uses different brush marks to render different objects. In outdoor scenes, leaves and flowers are…

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The Watercolour Art Portfolio of Maureen Dougan

A watercolour painting with minimal colour and flower budsUntitled, watercolour

Maureen Dougan was a watercolour artist who produced dreamy works celebrating the ethereal nature of the watercolour medium. The artist herself passed away in 2013, and her prolific art portfolio is maintained by the siblings, friends, and colleagues of the artist.


A watercolour painting of a forest fireFire, watercolour and pen

There’s a thoughtful, almost meditative sensibility that runs through many of Maureen’s artworks. I really enjoy the way…

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The Vibrant Watercolour Portfolio of Judy H. Fowler

A watercolour painting of a red barnAlong the Way

Judy H. Fowler is an artist based in Durham, North Carolina, who produces bright and vibrant watercolour paintings of the surrounding environment, as well as human figures and other contemporary subjects.


A watercolour painting of hot air balloonsUp Up and Away

I’m impressed with the level of detail and deliberate lighting that Judy is able to draw out of each of her watercolour paintings. The artist combines the naturally impressionist, ethereal qualities of the…

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The Watercolour and Photography Portfolio of Joan Morris

A watercolour painting of bluebirds in flightBluebird, watercolour on Arches paper

Joan Morris works in watercolour and photography, with both sides of her practice seeming to inform the other. Based in Montana, the artist draws inspiration from nature, with flowers, foliage, and landscape imagery making up a large part of her subject matter.

 

A watercolour painting of still water in a marshMarshlands, watercolour on Arches paper

 

The artist’s watercolour paintings emphasize delicate brush work. Joan uses a mostly subdued…

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Flora and Fauna: Art by Lisa Baechtle

A watercolour painting of animal hybrids on a colourful backgroundRhythm, watercolour on rag paper

Artist Lisa Baechtle works primarily in watercolour, creating bright images that draw inspiration from flora and fauna as well as the artist’s own introspection and self-awareness. Through a somewhat intuitive process, Lisa creates paintings that combine an obvious love for nature with a sense of the supernatural.


A watercolour painting of a lion and an antelopeNourishment, watercolour on rag paper

 

I really enjoy the colour palette that runs…

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An Art Portfolio of Colour and Texture by Boudewijn Korsmit


A mixed media artwork with collaged and painted elementsUntitled

Boudewijn Korsmit produces artworks using watercolour and mixed media with an emphasis on layered colour and texture. Working with a variety of subjects, the artist explores both the immediacy of his medium, and more conceptual, introspective ideas.


A heavily abstracted portrait made with a gradient of dripped paintS 4

 

I really like how Boudewijn is able to combine a splattered application of pigment with a rather smooth gradient over the entirety of the substrate. In many works, the artist…

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The Art Portfolio of Wanda Hawse

A watercolour painting of the Sumas PrairieSumas (Land without Trees), watercolour

Artist Wanda Hawse uses watercolour to capture and reveal the emotions of nature. The artist’s portfolio is packed with detailed, thoughtful watercolour paintings spanning landscape, seascape, architectural, and figurative subject matter.


A painting of a quiet street in ParisSentinel, watercolour

 

I really enjoy the way that Wanda renders light in her paintings. In her watercolour renderings of the streets of Paris, for example,…

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The Portfolio of Textile Artist Michael Shyka

A custom silk textile made with hand-painted dyesFeathers, dye on silk

Michael Shyka is a textile artist and fashion designer who creates his own fabric designs by painting directly onto silk. Michael also works in watercolour, creating paintings that bring the artist’s fashion-minded aesthetics into the realm of landscape and portrait painting.


A hand-painted silk textile with a basket-weave patternsbasket weave print, woven

 

I love Michael’s floral designs on silk textiles. As we saw in our previous feature of Michael’s

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The Watercolour Medium Portfolio of Travis Poelle

A watercolour painting of a man with his face partly in shadowPurple Haze, watercolour

Travis Poelle is a watercolour painter who uses his chosen medium to depict slice-of-life scenes, cityscapes, and figures. In his current portfolio, Travis showcases an eye for detail, and great skill and control with the watercolour medium.


A painting of a New York City taxi in front of a restaurantWinter take out, watercolour

 

I like the way that medium and subject matter work together in Travis’ portfolio. As we saw in our previous feature of Travis’ sunny…

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The Watercolour Art Portfolio of Sophie Blouet


A watercolour portrait of a young manJT, watercolour on paper

Sophie Blouet, also known as BLOUET, is a watercolour painter currently based in California. In her portfolio, Sophie demonstrates great skill and precision with a medium that lends itself to a gestural, impressionistic approach.


A watercolour painting of a man on a horseAux courses, Beaver 1, watercolour on paper

 

As we saw in our previous feature of Sophie’s detailed, gestural watercolours, the artist’s practice spans decades and a wide range of…

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The Art Portfolio of Illustrator Rick Guidice

An illustration of a space-faring probeUntitled

Illustrator Rick Guidice specializes in creating visual artwork of landscapes and plein air subject matter, as well as designs for materials released by NASA. The artist’s illustrations, spanning several decades, are created using watercolours and oil paints.


An illustration of craters on a distant planetUntitled

 

I adore Guidice’s NASA illustrations -- created mostly in the 1960s through 1980s, these images hail from a time when space exploration had an almost…

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The Art Portfolio of Watercolour Painter Linda Hanna


A watercolour painting of a cityscapeCity Shadows

Linda Hanna is a California-based watercolour painter with a background in interior design. In her paintings, the artist embraces a gestural, loose style that seems to work perfectly with the ethereal aspects of her chosen medium.


A watercolour painting of trees reflected on the waterReflections

I really appreciate the amount of colour that Linda is able to pack into each of her works -- even when painting subjects that don’t necessarily evoke a rainbow in the mind. Linda’s…

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The Art Portfolio of Watercolour Painter Jane Crosby


A watercolour painting of a purple rhododendron flowerPurple Rhoddie, watercolour on cold-pressed paper

Jane Crosby is a watercolour painter based in British Columbia. The artist’s preferred subject matter encompasses flowers and plants from both the coastal landscape and the prairies, as well as still-life imagery, teacups, and other objects.


A watercolour painting of an oregano flowerOregano "Kent Beauty," watercolour on cold-pressed paper

Jane began painting full time after many years spent working in the healthcare sector.…

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Ellen Kappes' Lively Watercolor Paintings


A watercolor painting of a row of trees in front of a body of waterKing's Point at high tide, watercolor

 

Ellen Kappes creates delicate yet lively watercolor paintings in blue and green hues. As subject matter, the artist favours landscapes, rendering lush green trees in daubed brush marks over deep blue washes as oceans.


A watercolor painting of trees overlooking a body of waterOtter Point surf, watercolor

 

I like the way that the artist utilizes the medium of watercolor – Ellen doesn’t try to force the thin paint into fine details, but rather runs…

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