Bad Watercolor Art

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

Month: September, 2014

Jim McFarlane

http://www.jimmcfarlanestudio.com/
Jim McFarlane, nationally and internationally recognized artist and popular teacher, is the current president and signature member of the American Watercolor Society. He is also a signature member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, the Philadelphia Water Color Society and the National Society of Painters of Casein and Acrylics. He is past president of both the Philadelphia Water Color Society and the Greater Norristown Art League.

He is equally comfortable painting traditional representational paintings and non-objective abstractions. Either way, his paintings are inspired by the close to home beauty of his native Pennsylvania and neighboring states, by his regular vacations in Maine, or by the quiet places or exotic sites encountered on his frequent trips abroad.  Jim finds the quiet solitude of a rural retreat and the clamor and cacophony of the city are equally of interest as subject matter.

In additions to his transparent work, he also paints in gouache…often on a collage base for added textural interest. Often color is the true subject of his paintings.

“If I knew every painting would be good every time, I would find no reason to paint. I’m always looking to learn and I’m as much a student as a teacher.”

Barely even qualifies to be considered bad:

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Better works by contemporaries:

Ross Patterson, Eugen Chisnicean, Joseph Zbukvic, Stanislaw Zoladz, Dean Mitchell, John Yardley:

Ross Paterson

Ross Paterson

Eugen Chisnicean

Eugen Chisnicean

Joseph Zbukvic

Joseph Zbukvic

Stanislaw Zoladz

Stanislaw Zoladz

Dean Mitchell

Dean Mitchell

John Yardley

John Yardley

Stanislaw Zoladz

Stanislaw Zoladz

Ron Stocke

http://www.ronstocke.com/
Ron Stocke is a Northwest Watercolorist who lives in Everett Washington.

His award winning paintings have been featured in Watercolor Artist Magazine and in the Splash series and on products throughout the United States and Canada.

A member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society the Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters and a Signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor. Ron paints and teaches workshops in America, Canada and Italy throughout the year.

“The watercolor medium is honest, challenging and always new. It is the oldest pursuit that I know and has enriched my life at every level. While sometimes frustrating even for the most experienced watercolor artist, it is also invigorating and always a learning experience”.
 

I believe watercolor is simply the best medium to capture light, shadow and reflective surfaces and I exploit this in most of my work. I enjoy the process of watercolor and allowing the medium to have a life of its own. Each year I care less and less about the details of my subject and more about capturing that subject in the fewest brushstrokes I can. You have to keep it simple, Therefore, I’m always thinking SIMPLIFY.

I met Zoltan Szabo at a workshop years ago and he told me that after painting for almost fifty years he was just now starting to figure out the watercolor medium (those of you who knew Zoltan know he figured it out long before that). This has always stuck with me and reminds me that it’s a long journey, enjoy the experience.
 
My hope to anyone viewing this site or taking my workshops is to not judge their work by any other standard than their own. Your brushstrokes are unique and only you can make them.

 

Lack of basic drawing skills, sloppy and amateurish brushwork, little to no improvement over the years.

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Better works by contemporaries: Alvaro Castagnet, Herry Arifin, Eugen Chisnicean, Joseph Zbukvic, Jerry Stitt.

Alvaro Castagnet

Alvaro Castagnet

Herry Arifin

Herry Arifin

Eugen Chisnicean

Eugen Chisnicean

Eugen Chisnicean

Eugen Chisnicean

Joseph Zbukvic

Joseph Zbukvic

Jerry Stitt

Jerry Stitt

Iain Stewart

http://iainstew.fineartstudioonline.com
Iain Stewart is a watercolor artist / illustrator and a signature member of the National Watercolor Society. His work has received numerous awards in international competition and he is a sought after juror and workshop instructor. He is also an architectural illustrator with an international clientele. Iain maintains a studio in Opelika, Alabama.

In 2014 he will teach and exhibit in the US, France, Scotland, Canada, Thailand, and Belgium.

Lack of basic drawing skills, unconvincing use of watercolor gimmicks, sloppy brushwork, primitive and muddy color palette:

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Better works by contemporaries: Sterling Edwards, Jerry Stitt, Craig Mullins, Joseph Zbukvic, Eugen Chisnicean, John Yardley.

Sterling Edwards

Sterling Edwards

Jerry Stitt

Jerry Stitt

Craig Mullins

Craig Mullins

Joseph Zbukvic

Joseph Zbukvic

Eugen Chisnicean

Eugen Chisnicean

Eugen Chisnicean

Eugen Chisnicean

John Yardley

John Yardley

Joseph Zbukvic

Joseph Zbukvic

Bev Jozwiak

http://bevjozwiak.com/
Born in and residing in Vancouver, Washington, Bev Jozwiak lives with her husband of 30 plus years. She has two daughters, two grandchildren, and her beloved dog, Chumbly.  As an international award winning artist, she is a National Watercolor Society Signature Member
 
“Painting very directly, I place my watercolors on the paper or canvas with very little mixing on the palette. I use lots of varied color, in my blacks to keep them from going flat, in my whites to keep them glowing, and even in my skin tones to keep them interesting. Emotion plays an important part in every successful painting, so I choose only subjects that call to me and that in turn gives my work energy and excitement.”
 
Achievement Highlights:
 
·        Graduated with honors from Western Washington University with degree in art and art history.
·        Won two gold, and one silver Grumbacher medals.
·        Freelanced for numerous card companies
·        Received signature status in NWWS, Watercolor West, and the National watercolor Society.
·        Featured in numerous magazines, including International Artist, North light Magazine, American Artist, and The Artist.
·        Listed in Who’s Who in American Artists.
·        Won Betsy Dillard Stroud Creative Challenge with winning entry featured in Watercolor Magic Magazine.
Included in multiple Best of Watercolor books and has most recently written a new watercolor instruction book, Painting Life with Life”.

 

Lack of basic drawing skills, sloppy and amateurish  brushwork, muddy colors, kitschy subject matter.

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Better works by contemporaries: Liu Yi, Z L Feng, Fealing Lin, Ted Nuttall, Mary Whyte, Alvaro Castagnet, Joseph Zbukvic:

 

Liu Yi

Liu Yi

ZL Feng

ZL Feng

Fealing Lin

Fealing Lin

Ted Nuttall

Ted Nuttall

Mary Whyte

Mary Whyte

Alvaro Castagnet

Alvaro Castagnet

Joseph Zbukvic

Joseph Zbukvic

Alvaro Castagnet

Alvaro Castagnet

Joseph Zbukvic

Joseph Zbukvic

Frank Eber

http://frankeber.com/

Frank Eber was raised in Europe and was mentored by Italian master painter Renato Casaro in 1994-95. In the ’80s and ’90s Frank worked as a professional illustrator and as a portrait artist by commission. His love of travel has given him prime opportunities to paint: he lived for three years in the south of France, and has painted on location in the Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. He has also painted in California and other parts of the United States.
Frank is a Signature member of the National Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and Watercolor West. He was recently accepted as an Artist member by the prestigious California Art Club. His painting Through The Very Heart Of It is included in the American Watercolor Society’s 146th Annual International Exhibition (April 2-22, 2013) and Traveling Exhibit (May 4, 2013-March 30, 2014). He is increasingly in demand as a judge and juror.
Frank conducts workshops and demonstrations locally and at the national and international levels. He teaches classes, both in-studio and en plein air, by request. Please see Workshops/Demos for current offerings, and contact him for more information and scheduling. While painting en plein air in Nuremberg in 2012, a bank truck parked right in front of his painting set-up; he asked them to move and, incredibly, they did.
He is married and lives in Redondo Beach, California.

 

Lack of basic drawing skills, sloppy and amateurish brushwork, little to no improvement over the years.

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Better works by contemporaries: Joseph Zbukvic, Eugen Chisnicean, David Taylor, Ross Paterson

Joseph Zbukvic

Joseph Zbukvic

Eugen Chisnicean

Eugen Chisnicean

David Taylor

David Taylor

Eugen Chisnicean

Eugen Chisnicean

Ross Paterson

Ross Paterson

Joseph Zbukvic

Joseph Zbukvic