Splash 19 Best of Watercolor Book- just published

I received my copy of Splash 19- The Best of Watercolor yesterday.

Published by F+W Media, the Splash series is a yearly hardcover book that comes out featuring the best paintings of the year.  Roughly 150 paintings are selected from several thousand every year and my watercolor batik of Philadelphia City Hall was featured in the latest book:

Thanks to Rachel Rubin Wolf and the folks at F+W Media for selecting my painting.   Old Town Philly was one of the largest batiks I have painted (approx 24×36″).  It was fun painting on a larger scale than usual.

Brooklyn Bridge and skyscrapers of Manhattan at sunset in New York City- New York, USA. Watercolor painting.

 

For anyone or arts organization that is insterested, I conduct workshops nationally on watercolor batik.  Please contact for rates and information as 2019 is already booking.

Watercolor batik painting of Swayambhunath Buddhist stupa in the Kathmandu Valley- Nepal

 

Fine art watercolor batik painting on rice paper of lionesses lying on sunny rocks at North Carolina zoo.

 

The last three painting were all started/finished during my one-day workshop and demo with the High Country Watermedia Society at Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff in Boone, NC.

Sincerely,

Ryan Fox AWS

IWS, GWS, PWS, MOWS, WSNC
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American Watercolor Society- Interview in AWS Summer newsletter

This year I achieved signature status in the American Watercolor Society (AWS).  This is accomplished by being selected for three of the yearly international juried exhibitions.  The American Watercolor Society is the oldest and most prestigious watercolor society in the world and members include the top watercolor artists in the world.  Getting into the exhibition once is fantastic- getting into it three times is incredibly difficult.

I was asked to write about the honor of receiving AWS signature statue by Robert Fionda.  You can read the article in the latest issue of the Newsletter_Summer_2018.

This month has been crazy, a week long class for 11-16 year olds at the Artspace Summer Arts Program, a pouring workshop at Artventures in Wilson, and a batik workshop at Jerry’s Artarama in Raleigh.

This week I will be traveling to Boone for another batik workshop at Cheap Joe’s for the High Country Watermedia Society followed by a three day workshop at the Florence Thomas School of Art in West Jefferson, NC.

Whew.

I am booking classes and more workshops for 2019.  If your arts organization is interested please contact for classes, availability, and rates.

Sincerely,

Ryan Fox AWS

IWS, GWS, PWS, MOWS, WSNC
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Watercolor Workshops- Plein Air Painting & Photographing Artwork

June was an insane month- I hung my work at three solo exhibitions (Clayton Arts Center, Chef’s Palette Restaurant in Cary, NC, and Arts of the Albemarle Museum in Elizabeth City).   In addition, I taught two evening classes through Wake County Adult Education (Color Theory with Watercolor & Watercolor Loose and Fast).

I also conducted two workshops- a Plein Air Painting class in Elizabeth City (below)…

(trying to avoid baking in the sun)

…and a demonstration/workshop on photographing your artwork in Pittsboro.   This is the first time I have taught this subject but I feel it is a skill many painters neglect to learn.  As a former board member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina, I saw all the photographs submitted for our yearly juried exhibition.  There were times I had to call members and ask them to reshoot their images, or offer help (no sense wasting your money).

Several years ago I was a judge for Lazy Daze art festival in Cary, NC.  When you look at a lot of art, having a great photograph is essential- it makes your work stand out and look professional.

(using softboxes to diffuse light on a painted 3-d gourd)

(bouncing and blocking light onto a reflective ceramic bowl using black foam core)

I have more classes coming up, including pouring watercolor, atomizing (impressionistic), kids classes at Artspace, and more.  I will be traveling all over the state- Wilson, West Jefferson, and New Bern.

If your organization or art group is interested in a class, please contact as my 2018 schedule is almost booked and I am starting to get inquiries for 2019 and beyond.

Sincerely,

Ryan Fox AWS

IWS, GWS, PWS, MOWS, WSNC
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Watercolor exhibitions in June ’18

Not sure what I was thinking (well, I do- I never say no to an opportunity)… but I signed up for three solo exhibitions for the month of June.  At the same time.

I agreed to these shows months ago, so there is no excuse for not being prepared.  I was very diligent starting in January and started framing and matting my watercolor painting.  I am almost ready- the last thing to do is put the dust jackets on the backs of several framed paintings.

The most difficult part has been trying to figure out what painting goes to what location.

My work can be viewed at these locations starting June 1st.

Chef’s Palette in Cary, NC

https://www.chefspalette.net/FeaturedArtistforJune

Fine art watercolor painting of Gothic church in Altstadt (city center) rising above buildings at sunet- Frankfurt, Germany

Arts of the Albemarle Museum in Elizabeth City, NC

Monthly Featured Artists

Oak Island lighthouse. Watercolor batik painting of Oak Island lighthouse in North Carolina. OBX lighthouse. Lighthouse painting.

 

Clayton Visual Arts- The Clayton Center

Clayton Visual Arts – Bringing Art To Clayton

 

Sincerely,

Ryan Fox AWS

IWS, GWS, PWS, MOWS, WSNC
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Two day watercolor workshop with the Community Arts Association in New Jersey

Last week I had the pleasure of teaching two separate one-day workshops on watercolor batik and watercolor pouring in Allendale, New Jersey for the Community Arts Association.

We fit a lot into three days- one demonstration, two separate one-day workshops on watercolor batik and watercolor pouring, and I had the honor of judging the members’ art show.

(Working on the third layer of color and wax for the watercolor batik painting of Bhaktapur in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal)

(The “almost” finished batik demo from the first day of the workshop)

(Applying a layer of color to the watercolor batik)

(Painting before adding the darkest darks and removing masking fluid)

(Adding the darkest darks of the poured watercolor prior to removing masking)

(Using the Incredible Nib to soften hard edges)

I would like to thank Glenda H for all the hard work putting the events together, and a huge thanks to all the talented artists who attended the workshops.  We covered a lot of new information & techniques in a short time.

Please send me photographs of your finished work- I love to post student’s work to instagram and facebook.

If your watercolor group is interested in learning these techniques please contact me.  2018 is almost completely full and 2019 is filling fast too.

 

(Example of poured watercolor technique)

(Example of watercolor batik technique)

Sincerely,

Ryan Fox AWS

IWS, GWS, PWS, MOWS, WSNC
www.rfoxphoto.com

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