Bad Watercolor Art

Bringing light on the sudden rise of mediocre watercolor painters alongside truly unique and technically skilled. Subjective. Opinionated. Totally biased.

Tom Lynch

http://www.tomlynch.com
Tom has been referred to as one of the nation’s premier watercolorists. He has written 7 books and hosted several award winning PBS TV Art Series. He was recently listed as one of the nation’s top 20 teachers by a leading Art magazine. He is represented by some of the nation’s leading museums and art galleries. He has been the spokesperson for the entire National Art Materials Trade Association, and continues to be the international spokesperson for many leading art material manufacturers. Tom is currently featured on the new cable TV channel Visual Arts Network, and in 2007 he became the CMO and featured artist for Art Academy Live (the leading on-line education source).

With his uniquely styled landscape paintings, he strives for a level of excitement, movement and resonance that seems to push somewhere beyond what the environment naturally provides.

Tom’s list of credentials include: Two “Lifetime Achievement Awards”, “Signature Membership” in many national watercolor societies, election into the illustrious “Society of American Impressionists”, as well as “Who’s Who in American Art”. Tom has been the invited “guest artist” for many art exhibitions including Sedona Plein Air Festival. Tom was honored in the American Embassy in Paris, France with a one-man exhibition. He has been cited in numerous publications including American Artist Magazine, Southwest Art, International Artist Magazine, Art & Antiques, Today’s Great Masters, the Wall Street Journal, and the color front page every Christmas Day for a leading Illinois newspaper. Tom’s video production won a Bronze Award in the “Telly” Competition, which focuses on video production, and compares to the Academy Award Program. Some of Toms’ numerous awards include: “The Municipal Art League of Chicago Award of Excellence”, “Landscape Artist of the Year”, and he was the first American selected for Honorary Membership in the “Canadian Watercolor Society”. Tom has been the featured artist for the Men’s, Women’s and Seniors U. S. Open Golf Championships and several PGA events and tournaments. Much of his work has been published and many of his best paintings are available in Limited Edition prints. It is no surprise that his paintings are included in private and corporate collections throughout the world.

Lack of basic drawing skills, sloppy and amateurish brushwork, garish colors, primitive approach to the medium.

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Better works by contemporaries: Cao Bei-An, Chien Chung-Wei, Liu Yi, Stanislaw Zoladz, Ross Paterson, Eugen Chisnicean, Joseph Zbukvic.

Cao Bei-An

Cao Bei-An

Chien Chung Wei

Chien Chung Wei

Liu Yi

Liu Yi

Stanislaw Zoladz

Stanislaw Zoladz

Ross Paterson

Ross Paterson

Eugen Chsnicean

Eugen Chisnicean

Joseph Zbukvic

Joseph Zbukvic

 

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Before they were any good: David Taylor

http://davidtaylorartist.com
David’s painting career expands many years of studying the art of watercolour painting and he has been involved in teaching his great love of this medium to painters both in Australia and overseas since the late sixties. He is involved in regularly tutoring for the Australian and International Artist magazine.

His numerous achievements include over 100-awards in watercolour, including the Herald Sun Best Of Show Gold Medal Award at The Camberwell Rotary Exhibition 2002 and a silver medal in 1976. and Silver Award currently in 2007. David won the the prestigious Victorian Artists Society Artist Of The Year Award in 1976, 1980 and again in 1989. That same year, David received the Distinguished Leadership Award for outstanding services to watercolour and teaching from the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership and a certificate of merit for distinguished service to the community.

David’s works are represented in numerous public and private collections worldwide.

David’s work is regularly exhibited in Australia, in several states, in England, the Channel Islands and Stockholm. He has held regular one man exhibitions of his work since 1975.

In each exhibition David expresses his joy of working freely on location and his love of spontaneity, shape, light and colour.

There have been many varying influences on David’s painting journey and he is inspired by the impressionists Monet, Turner and the expressive John Singer Sargeant. Also Winslow Homer, Brabazon Brabazon and Whistler make the list. David is inspired by subjects that convey atmosphere mood and feeling. His book entitled “Solving The Mystery of Watercolor” features David Taylor’s work and was co-written by Ron Ranson. His work is also on film and DVD with APV films.

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Robert Burridge

http://www.robertburridge.com
My original paintings can be seen in six international galleries, on Starbucks Coffee mugs, Pearl Vodka bottles, eight tapestries and on fine art edition prints in upscale retail stores and cruise ships.

My work has received lifetime honors, including The Franklin Mint Award and recently the Philadelphia Watercolor Society’s prestigious Crest Medal Award for achievement in the arts previously awarded to Pablo Picasso, John Singer Sargent and Georgia O’Keeffe.

It is said, “Your heart doesn’t know how old you are.” For me, it’s true. Painting everyday in my small studio overlooking the Pacific Ocean, I feel like a kid again playing with color, design, paint and canvas, which reminds me of the saying, “It’s never too late to be what you always should have been.” Follow your bliss!

Teacher

Robert Burridge teaches a variety of painting workshops to professional and emerging painters throughout the United States, Mexico and France. His workshops have historically changed artists’ lives forever.

Daily, he receives letters and emails from artists who have attended his classes and whose careers have taken off in new and productive directions.

International Juror

Robert Burridge has been selected to jury new emerging painters as well as professional painters into national and international competitions.

• Waterloo Watercolor Group, Austin, TX, Annual Members Show
• International Society of Acrylic Painters, Annual International Exhibit, Seattle, WA
• Annual Members Show, Mendocino Art Center, CA
• Annual Members Show, Paso Robles Art Association, CA
• National Plein Air Festival, sponsored by the San Luis Obispo Art Center, San Luis Obispo, CA
• Buenaventura Art Association, Ventura, CA
• S.C.A.P.E., Annual Exhibit, Santa Barbara, CA
• Annual Members Show, Lompoc Valley Art Association, CA
• “Un Ange Passe,” regional show, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA
• Coachella Valley Art Association Annual Show, Palm Desert, CA
• Brushes & Blues Festival, Lompoc, CA
• Art Calendar Magazine, Los Angeles Art Expo exhibit
• Amsterdam Art’s International Competition & Exhibition
• California Mid-State Fair, Paso Robles, CA
• Santa Barbara Artwalk, Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, CA
• Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito, CA

Motivational Speaker

Robert Burridge is an energetic, passionate speaker and motivator for anyone who wants to be a winner. Using real-life examples and his famous tell-it-like-it-is style, attendees proclaim a renewed vigor and a clearer sense of purpose in their artistic lives.

On a local level, he also volunteers his time teaching art to school children with learning challenges. And, at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, Burridge paints with and creatively supports terminally ill children whose artwork now hangs in galleries.

Author

Robert Burridge has written and published two artist books: Loosen Up Studio Workbook and Art Marketing: The Business of Selling Your Art. Plus he produced and starred in five teaching videos and DVDs. His wife, career manager and best friend, Kate, co-produced all of the above. He is also a contributing writer for Art Calendar magazine and has written features for various magazines, periodicals and newsletters.

Lack of basic drawing skills, sloppy execution, both garish and muddy colors. Overly kitschy in general.

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Better works by contemporaries: Sterling Edwards, Stephen Quiller, Z L Feng, Jerry Stitt, Arnold Lowrey, Herry Arifin.

Sterling Edwards

Sterling Edwards

Z L Feng

Z L Feng

Stephen Quiller

Stephen Quiller

Jerry Stitt

Jerry Stitt

Sterling Edwards

Sterling Edwards

Arnold Lowrey

Arnold Lowrey

Herry Arifin

Herry Arifin

Jerry Stitt

Jerry Stitt

 

Before they were any good: Alvaro Castagnet

http://www.alvarocastagnet.net/
Alvaro Castagnet is one of the world’s most highly respected watercolor artists. He has been recognized with top international honors for his painting and his art graces the walls of many private and corporate collectors worldwide.Alvaro is in constant demand for solo exhibitions, workshops and instruction. His expert eye is highly sought after as a juror of prestigious art shows. The art of Alvaro Castagnet captures the very soul of his subjects with passion, boldness and elegance.His paintings are imbued with a mood, a mystery that engage and lure the viewer into the magic. He is an expressive painter. He exhibits a strong, impressive and colorful style with superb interpretation of light effects that capture the soul of places he paints.Alvaro Castagnet is the winner of numerous esteemed national and international painting awards from such prestigious organizations as the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society (USA), and the Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Biennial Award , 2010.Alvaro is also featured in innumerable art books, videos, dvd’s, film downloads and acclaimed international art publications.

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Keiko Tanabe

http://ktanabefineart.com

Keiko was born in Kyoto, Japan.  As a child growing up in an art-loving family, she always enjoyed drawing and painting and won many awards in children’s art contests.  However, art was not her chosen field of study later on.  She earned a B.A. in intercultural communication (International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan) and an M.A. in international education (UCLA, California).  She then worked in international relations positions in a Japanese government trade organization in Tokyo, at a large law firm in San Francisco and at a private consulting firm in San Diego.  In the last 25 years, she has traveled extensively, mainly in European countries, Asia and North America.

Through all these years, Keiko knew there was in her heart the growing desire to someday become an artist.  That, fueled by her love of travel and strong interest in other cultures, eventually found its way out in 2003.  After learning basic drawing and watercolor painting skills at a local community school in San Diego, she took on her first project as an artist together with her father, a renowned scholar of French literature in Japan.  Through the Azure Sea and Sky of Provence: A Tribute to Her Joie de Vivre (Kosei Publishing, Osaka, Japan) was published in August, 2003, authored by her father and illustrated by Keiko.  From then on, she intensely taught herself to be fluent in watercolor painting, just as one would do to master a foreign language.

Mostly self-taught, Keiko embarked on a professional art career in 2005 and started exhibiting publicly.  In the same year she took a workshop from Alvaro Castagnet and discovered the joy of plein-air painting.  Since that year her paintings have been juried into many exhibitions across Americas and in Asia and Europe.  Her work has been purchased by private and corporate collectors from all around the world.  She also had her paintings published in leading art magazines in the U.S., France and Japan.  Additionally, she self-publishes her art books and six books have been completed by 2014.  She’s also a sought-after workshop instructor.  Since 2011, she has been invited to and completed successfully more than 70 workshops around the world.  Keiko currently lives in San Diego, California.

Lack of basic drawing skills, muddy color palette, sloppy and amateurish brushwork, little to no improvement over the years:

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Better works by contemporaries: David Taylor, John Yardley, Alvaro Castagnet, Eugen Chisnicean, Joseph Zbukvic, Orhan Gurel.

David Taylor

David Taylor

John Yardley

John Yardley

Alvaro Castagnet

Alvaro Castagnet

Alvaro Castagnet

Alvaro Castagnet

Orhan Gurel

Orhan Gurel

Joseph Zbukvic

Joseph Zbukvic

Alvaro Castagnet

Alvaro Castagnet

Eugen Chisnicean

Eugen Chisnicean

Before they were any good: Eugen Chisnicean

http://eugenchisnicean.com/

Eugen was born in 1984 in a small town in the north of the Republic of Moldova.
His early interest in art was influenced by his father who was engaged in painting and photography.  At the age of 11, Eugen entered the Children’s School of Fine Arts.  During that time, he successfully participated in numerous national and international art competitions.  In 2000 he moved to Chisinau to enter the Institute of Arts where he studied interior design and architecture.  In 2007 he began to study creativity of watercolor painters and developed a more serious relationship to watercolor painting.
In 2010 Eugen was invited as a guest of honor to the 4th Salon de l’Aquarelle du Haillan in France . In 2012 he graduated from the Academy of Arts in Chisinau, majoring in painting. Eugen currently spends time painting and teaching all over Europe.

 

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Mel Stabin

http://www.melstabin.com/
Mel Stabin, AWS, NWS is an internationally known teacher, author, and award-winning watercolorist.  A graduate of Pratt Institute, Mel studied the art of watercolor with Edgar Whitney.  For over 30 years Mel was an art director and creative director for major advertising agencies in New York City.

For over 25  years Mel has conducted watercolor workshops with groups on location throughout the country and abroad, and for numerous art societies.  

Mel is a signature member of prestigious national art societies including the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, North East Watercolor Society, New Jersey  Watercolor Society, and Georgia Watercolor Society.
His paintings have been the recipient of numerous national awards and have been represented in major exhibitions including the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, National Academy of Design, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Watercolor West, Allied Artists of America, Butler Institute of American Art, North East Watercolor Society, and New Jersey Watercolor Society.

Mel has had 17 one-man exhibitions of his watercolors.  His paintings are in many private and corporate collections.  His work can be viewed in the “Featured Artists” section of the New American Gallery website at  http://www.newamgallery.com.  Mel was a director for the American Watercolor Society’s 2005 and 2006 exhibitions and was a Juror of Selection for the American Watercolor Society’s 2006 Annual International Exhibition.

Mel received the honor of Master Status from the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and was named one of the “Top Ten Watercolor Masters of Today” by the art website http://www.artmatch4U.com. Mel was invited by the American Watercolor Society to do a demonstration for their “Watercolor Evenings” during their 144th Annual International Exhibition.     
Mel has written numerous feature articles for American Artist, The Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magic, and Watercolor.  He is the author of Watercolor: Simple, Fast, and Focused and The Figure In Watercolor: Simple, Fast, and Focused, published by Watson-Guptill. 

Lack of basic drawing skills, primitive and amateurish brushwork, unconfident execution

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Better works by contemporaries: Eugen Chisnicean, Tony Couch, Sterling Edwards, Craig Mullins, Jerry Stitt, Alvaro Castagnet.

Eugen Chisnicean

Eugen Chisnicean

Tony Couch

Tony Couch

Sterling Edwards

Sterling Edwards

Craig Mullins

Craig Mullins

Alvaro Castagnet

Alvaro Castagnet

Jerry Stitt

Jerry Stitt

Craig Mullins

Craig Mullins

 

Janine Gallizia

http://www.gallizia.be/accueil-gb.aspx
Janine was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1972.  She began her career working as a designer in Melbourne then later in Sydney, London and finally in Brussels.
Eight years on she turned away from the corporate world and began working as a professional watercolour artist and is now living in France.
At the age of 38, Janine has already exhibited in over 50 one-man and group shows in 13 countries, winning numerous awards for her work.   
A well recognised watercolourist, Janine’s work has appeared in numerous magazines and books on watercolour in Europe, Australia, Canada and China.  She herself has written three books on her technique “Light & Atmosphere in Watercolour” in 2003 and “Keep it simple!” in 2005, both editions were sell-outs, and the just released “Sponanteity & emotion… a constructed liberty” in 2008.  Janine is also a highly regarded teacher. She travels extensively exhibiting her work, holding workshops and giving demonstrations to private groups and Art Societies.
“Reproducing reality holds little interest for me, I prefer to take a subject, however ordinary, and try to paint what I feel about it as opposed to concentrating only it’s physical form.  Great paintings do not require great subjects, they are the result of intelligent subject treatment.”  
A self-taught artist, Janine is also president and founder of “On the Water’s Edge” an bi-annual exhibition organised in Brussels celebrating “World Watercolour Day”, exhibiting the works of 12 great contempory watercolour artists.  The goal is to help promote watercolour, the world’s oldest painting technique, re-gain its status as a major Art technique.
Janine is the Art Director of the magazines The Art of Watercolour and L’Art de l’Aquarelle.

Lack of basic drawing skills and control over the medium, muddy color palette, wishy-washy approach.

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Better works by contemporaries: Chien Chung-Wei, Liu Yi, Craig Mullins, Kees van Aalst, Eugen Chisnicean, John Yardley

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Liu Yi

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Craig Mullins

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Kees van Aalst

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John Yardley

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John Yardley

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Chien Chung-Wei

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Eugen Chisnicean

Before they were any good: Ross Paterson

rosspaterson.com.au
Born in Victoria and with an inherent love of the Australian landscape, Ross commenced oil painting at about 16 years of age, whilst a student in Shepparton,Victoria. He was encouraged as a student, to draw and paint on location (a trend he still maintains).
While still a teenager he completed a Diploma of Graphic Design at Caulfied Institute of Technology (now Monash University). This course included life drawing, graphic printmaking, as well as painting and design.
Following over twenty years of teaching art in Victorian Secondary schools, and painting part time, Ross resigned from the Education system in 1994 to pursue his passion for painting.
Being a passionate and dedicated teacher, Ross is always in high demand for his popular and informative workshops. He is constantly requested to travel throughout Australia and overseas to teach and encourage willing artists.
Regular venues for teaching include the Mitchell School of Arts at Bathurst University; Art Society of Canberra; Queensland Watercolour Society and Combined Art societies of Sydney as well as Adelaide in South Aus. He has also been called on to teach in Perth, WA  as well as Tasmania and many locations throughout Melbourne and Victoria in general.  
He has been invited to teach in Queenstown and Wellington in New Zealand on many occasions. Ross has also judged various major art shows throughout Australia. He has been invited to participate in many group and solo exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas.
Group exhibitions include China and Taiwan in 1991 and 1995. In 2010, and again in 2012, he has been an invited guest artist in the biennial Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Exhibition – one of twenty international artists to receive this invitation.
In 2012 he was one of the selected artists to receive an “Award of Excellence for his watercolour entry-‘Rooftops,Nth Italy”.
Ross has been a regular contributing writer for Australian Artist magazine, and more recently he has contributed a comprehensive article, along with various examples of his work,  in “L’ Art de Aquarelle” magazine (the French Watercolour magazine) September,2010.
Also,he was published in the excellent follow-up book (released in January, 2011) “The Art of Watercolour-The Book” which features the work of 24 significant International Watercolour Painters.
2010 saw the release of his first DVD movie: Summer Light in Watercolour”, which features works painted on location in Northern Victoria. This has been produced by APV Films in the UK.
His work hangs in many permanent collections in corporate and municipal galleries and also private collections of art throughout Australia and overseas. In 1998 he was invited to become a member of the exclusive art society ‘Twenty Melbourne Painters’.  He is also an invited member of the Australian Watercolour Institute (based in Sydney).
Currently he has over 200 major awards to his credit including being three times winner of the Australian Landscape Award at Camberwell Art Show.  His work has been awarded at Victor Harbor a number of times (Major Award, 2005); the inaugural ‘Kenneth Jack Award’ for watercolour in Victoria, and many other major exhibitions throughout Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales.

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Before they were any good: Joseph Zbukvic

http://jzbukvic.com/

Joseph Zbukvic is a leading master of watercolour medium of his time. His impressive achievements and enormous success is due to his ability to transform any subject into visual poetic language. Covering an infinite variety of subjects, his sensitive, lyrical and atmospheric paintings have captured people and galleries from all around the world.

Due to his exceptional drawing skills and extraordinary abilities in art, he is proficient in any medium. However, it is his passion for watercolours that has led him to become a unique master of that medium. Although greatly admired for his soft moody impressions of rural life, Joseph also produces strong urban scenes and powerful equestrian images. He has always had a deep connection and affection for the labourer and the common man and it is these works that are also his finest paintings ever produced in watercolour.

Joseph has continued to explore new subjects and fresh ways to express his vision by frequent overseas travel. He has reached a new level of technical ability, maturity and strength as he enters the fourth decade of his career.

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