2013 Watercolors- Youtube slideshow

Recent works from 2013.  This video is currently showing on my Youtube channel.  I will be adding step by step watercolor demonstrations in the future.



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Kentucky Watercolor Society 2013 Exhibition

My painting was accepted into the 2013 Kentucky Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition.

Watercolor painting of Florence, Italy

Watercolor painting of Florence, Italy

My goal for 2013 was to have 3 paintings  in national juried shows- the same number  in 2012.   And this year, I have had 3 painting accepted into 3 watercolor shows.  Goal met..

I knew the esteemed watercolor artist John Salminen was the juror.  I took a workshop with John last year after the Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s 2012 Annual Juried Show.

And was schooled.

I learned a lot and would recommend John’s workshop to anyone.

I entered this painting of the Duomo in Florence, Italy in the Kentucky Watercolor Society Aqueous 2013.

John accepted the painting.  Perhaps he pitied me…. ? 🙂

The watercolor exhibition opens October 28th in Louisville, KY and runs until December 23rd at the Actors Theatre of Louisville

Giclee prints of the painting are available on my etsy and Fine Art America marketplaces.




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37th Annual North East Watercolor Society exhibition (juried)

My 2013 goal was to have watercolors accepted into  three national exhibitions (juried).  This is what I accomplished in 2012 after starting painting again in 2011 (and very sporadically at that).

2013 did not start well for me.  I was accepted in local exhibitions, but my goal was to be in WATERCOLOR exhibitions.  Juried exhibitions.  The bigger the name of the juror, the better.

There were more than a few rejection letters.

I hate seeing a post of facebook from other artists bragging about how they were accepted into  (blank, blank) show.  Especially if I had not heard the results yet.

This meant my work was not in the show.  Bummer.

Watercolor painting of Plaza de Armas- Cusco

Well, 2013 has ended better.  First I was accepted into the 2013 68th Annual Juried Exhibition and Annual Meeting of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina.  Not bad.  Two entried in two years.  One more and I receive signature status.

The second part of my goal was met when my watercolor painting of the churches on the Plaza de Armas in the Incan city of Cusco was accepted into the 37th Annual International Open Exhibition by the North East Watercolor Society.

(Congratulatory self dance, albeit danced poorly).

James McFarlane will be jurying the awards.  The paintings were selected by 5 signature members of the NE Watercolor Society.  I wish I knew who they were…

Maybe I will attend the reception.  I do have enough frequent flyer miles. 🙂


Ryan Fox




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Watercolor Society of North Carolina 68th Annual Exhibition- Blowing Rock, NC

My goal for 2013 was to get 3 paintings accepted into national watercolor society shows.  Juried shows.

The first part of my goal was met with the news that my painting of Duke Chapel was accepted by juror Mary Ann Beckwith.

Watercolor painting of Chapel at Duke University- Chapel Hill, NC

Here is a slideshow from last years WSNC Show:


The watercolor exhibition will run September 8th- November 2nd at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) and will feature the paintings from many amazing North Carolina watercolorists.

Here is a little information about the juror:

Mary Ann Beckwith is equally a painter and teacher with a passion for both. She is a 39 year resident of the rugged and scenic Upper Peninsula of Michigan from which she derives much inspiration. A recently retired professor of art at Michigan Tech University, she brought the arts to engineering and science students. Mary Ann has twice been the recipient of the university’s  Distinguished Teaching Award.  She is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society,
National Watercolor Society, Allied Artists, Watercolor Honor Society of Watercolor USA, International Society of Experimental Artists (Nautilus Fellow), Society of Layerists in Multimedia and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America.  Author of Creative Watercolor: A Step-by-Step Guide and Showcase (1995), published in English and Japanese, Mary Ann’s influence in experimental watercolor is international. Her work has been featured in numerous books on watercolor.
Hope you get a chance to see my work, which is for sale (hint, hint).
Ryan Fox
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Watercolor demonstration- Cusco church, Peru

I began this painting a month ago.  Finally I finished it last night.

My inspiration for the piece was the artwork of Dan Burt.  I picked up a copy of his book on Amazon and have looked through it (you don’t read art books, do you?) many times, especially enjoying the 11 tutorials and the step-by-step photographs of the paintings in progress.


This was my initial line drawing transferred to the paper.  The original photograph, a church on the Plaza de Armas in the Incan city of Cusco, Peru, had a ton of detail.  I used artistic license and simplified the elaborate facade of the church.


In Step 1 I started by painting the sky a middle value.  Light colors were painted first and the blues and greens floated in afterwards.  The whole sky was painted wet-in-wet and allowed to dry.

As you can see, I do not paint realistic colors.


Step 2 was the painting of the foreground.  I wanted this to be darker than the sky and a tad cooler.


Step 3, as demonstrated by Dan in his book, was to paint hi chroma colors with opposites.  This stage is the hardest for me because I take artistic liberties by creating colors where they do not exist, hoping it makes sense in the end.


At this point I want to establish my near-darks.  I began with the side of the church facing the shadows, starting with red and dropping blue into the wet wash.  The cars and distant buildings were partially defined.


Details of the church were added.  The darkest darks were introduced and I painted the details of the church abstractly. The shadow on the street was added, as were the figures in the foreground.


YES, I DO PLAN TO USE ALL THESE COLORS –  20×28″  Watercolor on Hot Pressed paper

For my final step, I used masking tape and Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to scrub out whites of the paper in several areas of the foreground (near the feet of the figures, on sidewalk on right-hand side of paper,etc.).

Hope you are keeping busy.


Ryan Fox

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