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Hopefully your town still has a bookstore. If you do, check out the newest issue of Watercolor Artist Magazine, published by F&W Media.

Every year, Watercolor Artist has a feature titled: “Ones to Watch”.  The article showcases 10 up and coming watercolor artists.  The artists are selected by top watercolor painters in the world:

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It was an honor to be selected by Iain Stewart for the article. I met Iain last year when I took a 3 day workshop in Washington, VA (not DC).

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There I am- gray hair and all!

You can also see a video on YouTube of the paintings (without the type) at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAu6uMM2aeI&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=artistsnetwork.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=arn-jtc-hm-150928

I am honored to be in the magazine.  Now I want to be on the cover!  🙂  Aim high, right?

Ryan Fox   WSNC   PWS
Ryan Fox Painting
www.rfoxphoto.com
(919) 645-8345
ryan@rfoxphoto.com
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Poured watercolor- basic explanation

I have been posting a images online of the “poured watercolor” process. Most people have never heard of pouring watercolor and I have been flooded with questions. Here is a basic rundown:

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Fine art watercolor painting of saffron-robed monk standing on grounds of Wat in the city of Phnom Penh- Cambodia

 

1. Mask your whitest whites with masking fluid (liquid latex).
2. Wait for mask to dry.
3. Spray surface with water.
4. Pour/drip/squirt colors on top of wet surface.
5. Move colors around by lifting paper and letting gravity move the paint
6. Put paper down when you are happy with results. Let dry.
7. Repeat all the steps above.

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Fine art watercolor painting of woman counting prayer beads at Wat in the city of Yangoon (Rangoon)- Myanmar (Burma)

Finally:

Remove masking fluid. Pray for good results.

Watercolor painting of gondola boats on Piazza San Marco at sunset in the medieval city of Venice- Italy

Watercolor painting of gondola boats on Piazza San Marco at sunset in the medieval city of Venice- Italy

 

Sounds complicated, right? Here is a step by step progression of a painting:

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(Mask highlights.  Pour light-mid values)

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(Mask sky area and additional areas of towers and foreground buildings)

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(Pour darks.  Remove masking)

Fun, huh?

Ryan Fox PWS, WSNC

Ryan Fox Painting

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Watercolor Pouring Workshop in Cary, NC- October 25th

Watercolor Pouring Workshop with Ryan Fox At Waverly Artist Studio in Cary, NC

To register contact Ryan at: ryan@rfoxphoto.com

 

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Fine art poured watercolor painting of Buddhist monk inside of residence in the city of Phnom Penh- Cambodia

Fine art watercolor painting of spires of church in the 9th century castle rising above the city of Prague- Czech Republic

Fine art watercolor painting of spires of church in the 9th century castle rising above the city of Prague- Czech Republic

Watercolor painting of Venice landscape at sunset

Watercolor painting of gondola boats on Piazza San Marco at sunset in the medieval city of Venice- Italy

Watercolor painting of Plaza de Armas in Cusco at dusk

Fine art poured watercolor painting of colonial churches on the Plaza de Armas in the Incan city of Cusco at night- Sacred Valley, Peru

Fine art poured watercolor painting of the Hut of the Caretaker at the UNESCO World Heritage Incan ruins of Machu Picchu- Sacred Valley, Peru

Fine art poured watercolor painting of the Hut of the Caretaker at the UNESCO World Heritage Incan ruins of Machu Picchu- Sacred Valley, Peru

 

Discover the technique of pouring, and layering watercolor paints.  With an emphasis on design and planning, you will learn the technique of pouring diluted watercolor directly on paper.   Pouring creates a wide range of colors and creates amazing blending effects. Through instructor demonstration, you will learn about masking, wetting techniques, using gravity to mix your limited palette, and preserving the transparency of your layers. You’ll choose your own subject matter: still life, landscape, architectural, floral, or portrait. All levels welcome, including first-time watercolorists.

 

 

When: October 25th, 2015

Where: Waverly Artists Group Studio in Cary, NC

Time: 1:00pm to 8:00pm (there will be an hour dinner break)

Price: $100   10% discount for

Watercolor Society of North Carolina (WSNC) members

 

To see more of Ryan’s work, visit his Etsy storefront:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/RFoxWatercolors

Questions? ryan@rfoxphoto.com

 

 

My artwork featured in Splash 16: Exploring Textures

The Splash series of hardcover books has long been an inspiration.  Whenever I am uninspired (this does happen) I look through the books to get ideas.

Published yearly by FW Media-  each book focuses on a specific theme.  The 16th edition of the series explores texture and artists’ use of texture in their paintings.

Getting into the book requires submitting your work in the (now) online contest and hoping you are chosen.  Each book features many of the modern masters of watercolor.  It’s not easy to get your work accepted.  I have been turned down.  More than once.

Imagine my excitement when my painting “Walk Down the Street- Kathmandu” was accepted in the 16th edition of the series.   Take a sneak preview here.

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“Walk Down the Street”- 148th Annual Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society

 

Splash 16: Exploring Textures is available online now.

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Sincerely,

Ryan Fox

Ryan Fox Painting

(919) 645-8345

ryan@rfoxphoto.com

 

 

Georgia Watercolor Society 36th Annual Juried Exhibition

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Earlier this month I was returning from a long drive up north (Raleigh, NC to Storrs, CT) to visit family, and attend the American Watercolor Society 148th Annual Juried Exhibition.  My painting “Walk Down the Street- Kathmandu”  was accepted in the AWS show- I couldn’t miss seeing it.  Who knows if I will ever get into another AWS show.  Right?

It was a great show in New York- my mother-in-law watched the kids while my wife and I attended the reception.  Unfortunately, I do not have any photographs.  I took my professional DSLR.  My wife left her SmartPhone at home because I had my camera.  AWS did not want cameras in the exhibit.  I understand.  So we did not take any photographs.

The family (including mother-in-law) left New York at 1pm the next day after a frantic 6 hours of last minute sight-seeing.  With kids.  440 miles later, after numerous stops, including a real fire alarm at a rest stop on the Jersey turnpike (smoke was billowing out from an inside doorway), I received 6 phone calls at the VA-NC border.  Thanks lousy cell phone service…

Well, one message was calling to congratulate me.  I received a top prize in the 36th Georgia Watercolor Society Show.

Cool beans.  Unfortunately, the awards ceremony was the next day.  In Atlanta.  Another 400 mile drive (albeit without kids- so I could listen to really annoying (according to my wife) music like the Offspring the entire drive).

I drive a Prius.  A 400 mile drive is barely more than a tank of gas.  Money is not an excuse to go traveling with that car.   And since I had won an award…

Less than seven hours later I was driving south.

The GWS award ceremony was great.  I had the opportunity to see juror Iain Stewart in action again, as well as meet several new artists.

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My painting- “Video Killed the Radio Star”

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Another North Carolina artist- Charlie Sharpe, who won 1st place in the show.GWS24 GWS23 GWS21

(Kim Minichiello receiving her award for her watercolor)

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(Juror Iain Stewart congratulating Charlie Sharpe on his 1st place award)GWS18 GWS17

Me accepting my 4th place award. GWS16 GWS14 GWS12

Iain’s watercolor painting of the Glasgow School of Arts, which unfortunately was extensively damaged in a recent fire.  I wanted to steal this painting.  I kept asking myself- “Am I faster than Iain?”

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Iain Stewart showing the finished piece of his 1.5 hour demonstration.  This was especially impressive since this painting was almost twice the size of his normal paintings.GWS9 GWS7

Thanks Georgia Watercolor Society.  It was a fun evening and I look forward to next year’s show.

Sincerely,

Ryan Fox

Ryan Fox Painting

(919) 645-8345

ryan@rfoxphoto.com