Bad Watercolor Art

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

Robert A. Wade

http://www.watercolorweb.com/wade/wadecv.html
Born in Melbourne, Australia, 1930, the distinguished Australian artist, Robert A. Wade, has gained International acclaim. He has exhibited with most of the major Watercolour Societies in the World and won important awards in many countries. He conducts Workshops regularly in Europe and the USA, inspiring his students with his infectious enthusiasm and his consummate mastery of the Watercolour medium.
One of the most traveled and respected artists of our time, his name is synonymous with watercolour world. In 1986, for outstanding services to Art, and in particular Watercolour, he received the Advance Australia Medal.

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

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Better works by contemporaries: Chien Chung-Wei, David Taylor, Joseph Zbukvic, Eugen Chisnicean, John Yardley

Chien Chung-Wei

Chien Chung-Wei

Chien Chung-Wei

Chien Chung-Wei

David Taylor

David Taylor

Joseph Zbukvic

Joseph Zbukvic

Eugen Chisnicean

Eugen Chisnicean

John Yardley

John Yardley

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

Eric Wiegardt

http://ericwiegardt.com

Eric Wiegardt AWS DF, NWS  has taught over 5,000 watercolorists his popular “Secrets of Painting Loose” workshops . Over 4,000 original paintings have been collected privately and corporately. He is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society (Dolphin Fellow), National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America (Master Status) and others. He has been awarded the 2012 AWS Gold Medal of Honor, 2014 AWS Judge , among many other national and international awards. His paintings have been exhibited in many US museums, including China. He has exhibited at both International Watermedia Shows in Nanchang and Shenzhen, China. Eric has been featured in many publications as well as cover artist for both The Artist’s Magazine and Watercolor Artist Magazine . He is the author of the book “Watercolor Free and Easy” and also has a video series titled “Painting Loosely from Photographs”. Eric is a graduate of the American Academy of Art, Chicago.
 “An artist’s artist.” Jim McFarlane, President American Watercolor Society .
 “ An intelligence that enables him to perceive and execute his artistic efforts with rare, sensitive insights. One of our brightest and most inspiring painters.” Irving Shapiro, AWS, Former President and Director of American Academy of Art. 
“A tangible air of energy and industry” Seattle Times .
 “A master of a fresh and loose painting style” Kelly Kane, Editor Watercolor Artist Magazine . Wiegardt paintings are to be enjoyed for generations; permanent pigments and professional framing are a priority.

Lack of basic drawing skills, substituting sloppy and messy brushwork for a loose one.

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Better works by contemporaries: Herry Arifin, Arnold Lowrey, John Yardley, David Taylor, Zhao Zhiqiang, Alvaro Castagnet, Eugen Chisnicean:

Herry Arifin

Herry Arifin

Arnold Lowrey

Arnold Lowrey

Zhao Zhiqiang

Zhao Zhiqiang

John Yardley

John Yardley

David Taylor

David Taylor

Zhao Zhiqiang

Zhao Zhiqiang

Herry Arifin

Herry Arifin

Alvaro Castagnet

Alvaro Castagnet

Eugen Chisnicean

Eugen Chisnicean

Thomas W Schaller

http://thomasschaller.com
Following a 20-year career in New York City as an architect and architectural artist, Tom Schaller is now based in Los Angeles, California where he devotes himself full-time to artwork in the watercolor medium.

He has long been considered one of the foremost architectural artists in the world. In the field, he has won every major award for his artwork – including being a two-time recipient of the Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize. He has authored two books ; the best-selling, and AIA award of merit winner, Architecture in Watercolor, and The Art of Architectural Drawing. He is increasingly in demand internationally to conduct his watercolor workshop series, “The Architecture of Light” : also the title of his next book currently in progress.

Recently, his artwork has been recognized in the upcoming Splash 13,  Splash 14, Splash 15, and Splash Retrospective Books by North Light Books (Aug. 2012,13,14), a feature article and the cover art for “International Artist” magazine (Oct./Nov. 2011), a feature article and the cover art for “Watercolor Artist” magazine (April 2012) ; a  feature article in “Southwest Art” magazine (Aug. 2012); feature article and cover image “Decor Magazine”: Norway; feature article and interview (Feb. 2012) for “Creative Catalyst Productions,” a feature article in “American Artist” magazine (April 2010); a finalist in “The Artist’s Magazine” 28th Annual Art Competition Issue (Dec. 2011); a winner in “Southwest Art” Magazine’s Artistic Excellence Competition (Dec 2011). His work has been showcased several times in “American Art Collector” magazine; most recently, a feature Feb 2012. He won Honorable Mention in the 2012 and 2013 Watermedia Showcase Competition (Feb.2012/13) a feature article in Holland’s “Palet”  magazine (Sept.2011), France’s “The Art of Watercolour”and “Practique des Arts” magazines, and is the featured artwork on the cover of  “Watercolor Artist” magazine’s “One’s to Watch” issue (Dec. 2010). His work is represented by the RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg; Total Arts Gallery, Taos; the Sharp Gallery, Seattle;  and the Carter-Sexton Gallery in Los Angeles which  hosted a one-man show of his watercolors in 2011.

Mr. Schaller’s artwork has been selected for inclusion in a number of prestigious recent exhibitions including, The 143rd, 145th, and 147th “Annual International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society”, New York City (Winner of the Dong Kingman Award 2014); The “World Watermedia Invitational Exposition”, Thailand; the 2013/2014 “Shenzhen Watercolor Biennial”,China;  The 2014 “Eau en Couleurs ;International Watercolour Biennial”, Belgium (NWS  group) ; The 102nd and 103rd “Gold Medal Juried Exhibition” of the California Art Club; The 2014 “Water Views:Watercolors of the 21st Century”, Vicenza; The 2013 “Hangzhou Invitational Watercolor Exhibition”,China; the 2013 “International Art-Bridge Watercolor Competition, St. Petersberg; The 2010 and 2012 “Zhujiajiao International Watercolor Biennial”, Shanghai;  Second Place Crystal Trophy Award – “San Diego Museum of Art – En Plein Air; International Competition; “The 2012 International Watercolour Biennial – Belgium “;”II Bienal Iberoamericana de la Acuarela”, Madrid (Best of Show/Award of Excellence); “Trienal Internationacional de la Acuarela” ; Colombia ( Second Place, Award of Excellence); “Exposicion Internacional de Acuarelas”, Seville;  “The International Watercolor Biennial Mexico”, Mexico City ; “Salon de L’Aquarelle du Haillan”, France; a winner in both the Northwest Watercolor Society’s  Annual and Waterworks Exhibitions; Seattle, a Best of Show/Award of Excellence “Golden State Treasures” California Art Club; Premier Exhibit in the USA at the Strathmore Gallery in Bethesda, MD of the North American Watercolor Artists; and was a Grand Jury Prize Winner in the 2010 National Paint the Parks Competition.

Mr. Schaller is a Signature Member of the AWS, NWWS, Artist Member of the California Art Club, and President Emeritus of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators. Tom is a member of a great many other professional arts organizations as well as a founding member of the group; North American Watercolor Artists.

Sloppy, amateurish brushwork, primitive and muddy color palette, lack of basic drawing skills.

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Better works by contemporaries: Alvaro Castagnet, Eugen Chisnicean, Joseph Zbukvic, Ross Patterson:

Alvaro Castagnet

Alvaro Castagnet

Eugen Chisnicean

Eugen Chisnicean

Joseph Zbukvic

Joseph Zbukvic

Ross Patterson

Ross Patterson

 

 

 

Donna Zagotta

http://www.donnazagotta.com
 
Active professionally for more than 20 years, Donna Zagotta is a nationally recognized artist, teacher, and juror. She has accumulated numerous awards including the first place awards in the 2005 Arizona Watercolor Association Exhibition and the 1997 Watercolor West Exhibition, the second place award in the 1999 National Watercolor Society Exhibition, and the Samuel Leitman Award in the 2008 and the Ogden and Mary Pleissner Award in the 2000 American Watercolor Society Exhibitions. She is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, and Midwest Watercolor Society. Her work appears in numerous publications and can be seen on the cover of Watercolor Expressions and The Artist’s Magazine. She was selected as Watercolor Magic Yearbook 2001’s “Ones to Watch”, and she was featured in Watermedia Focus magazine as “An Artist Worth Noting”. Donna has been teaching classes and workshops since 1990 and she served as one of the jurors for the 2002 National Watercolor Society Exhibition.
 
Donna Zagotta’s paintings have evolved from an early emphasis on traditional watercolor techniques and traditionally influenced realism to an unconventional use of the watercolor medium and the exploration of the area that lies between realism and abstraction. Donna has a passion for art history with a special interest in Modernism and finds inspiration in the work of Edouard Vuillard, Henri Matisse, and Richard Diebenkorn, master painters who were more focused on expressing color and spatial ideas than in rendering the particulars of subject matter.
 
 
 
Lack of basic drawing skills, sloppy execution, both garish and muddy colors.
 
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Better works by contemporaries: Carla O’Connor, Ron Thurston, Frank Webb, George James.
 
Carla O'Connor

Carla O’Connor

Ron Thurston

Ron Thurston

Frank Webb

Frank Webb

George James

George James