Bad Watercolor Art

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

Month: November, 2014

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.

 

Before:

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Recent works:

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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