Friday, May 20, 2011

Watercolour Exhibition at the Tate Britain Gallery

I am currently visiting the UK and Ireland on a holiday and have just been to see the Watercolour Exhibition at the Tate Britain Gallery in London

What a wonderful exhibition. It covers the history of watercolor in Great Britain and treats such topics as:

  1. History of watercolor paints and pigments including Gum Arabic and other binders
  2. History of watercolor paper and its manufacture 
  3. Watercolor brushes and other tools and materials
  4. Developments of watercolor techniques flat wash, scraping, dry brush, etc
  5. Use in botanical art
  6. Use in recording biological subjects e.g. birds and animals
  7. Art of representational landscapes
  8. Watercolor during the war
  9. Watercolor through the ages and how its use has developed from a tool to render quick sketches and topographical studies to a fully fledged artistic medium
  10. Development of Exhibition watercolors
  11. Watercolor landscape paintings
  12. Modern and abstract art with watercolor
The above topics are all supported with wonderful watercolor paintings through the ages including some great work by J.M.W.Turner, Alfred William Hunt, John Fredrick Lewis, John Sell Cotman through to more contemporary artists.

If you get to London I highly recommend you visit this exhibition!

Happy painting

Joe Cartwright

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Venice Watercolor Painting Demonstration

I have just finished my latest watercolor painting demonstration.

The painting is of a Venetian Canal and is based on a photo I took when I visited Venice for a couple of weeks last year. I never get tired about painting Venice, it is so full of history, atmosphere and texture that it is like a watercolor artist's paradise!

When I left Venice after my last trip I briefly had a thought that I may have finally done Venice, but within a few weeks I was already looking forward to my next painting holiday there.

Here is an image of the finished painting:

You can find the full demonstration on my Painting With Watercolors site at this address:
Narrow Venice Canal.

I hope you find it useful.

Happy Painting,

Joe Cartwright