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Reardon Watercolor Artist

Reardon Watercolor Artist

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Published by Michael Reardon
February 2012 article on the watercolor art of Michael Reardon in Watercolor Artist magazine.
February 2012 article on the watercolor art of Michael Reardon in Watercolor Artist magazine.

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Published by: Michael Reardon on Feb 13, 2012
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aliornia native Michael Reardon is thekind o painter so moved by the combi-nation o elements that comprise theperect landscape subject—the quality o thelight ooding the scene, the proud geometryo the Corinthian column—that he’s beenknown to sit down exactly where he standsand begin painting. “Occasionally, I turn acorner and, wow,” he says. “That’s it!”He orgets the crowds packing the busyplaza, ignores the pedestrians peering overhis shoulder and slips into the dream o thepainting. When he wakes, he may fnd, as hedid once while traveling overseas, that he’sbeen joined by 30-odd observers. “They weretotally quiet, just watching everything I did,”he says. “I have similar stories all over theworld, but that was the largest number.”You might say that the artist, also a sea-soned traveler, is on a permanent quest tofnd the next scene that will take his breathaway, send his heart into excited utters.Fortunately, he fnds plenty o inspiration inCaliornia, the landscape that serves as hishome and most requent muse. “The clarityo light in Caliornia, and especially northernCaliornia, is pretty special,” he says. “I fndthat watercolor just lends itsel to it.”Combining an abiding love o light anda aith in the medium’s innate qualities,Reardon brings a vibrant sense o imme-diacy to his watercolor landscapes, which hepaints
en plein air
and in the studio. He paintsdirectly and incredibly quickly, oten captur-ing the essence o a scene in a little morethan an hour.
Wellspring of Inspiration
Reardon’s early experiences with watercolorwere, to phrase it delicately, less than positive.“It was a total disaster,” he says. “We werepainting in Caliornia, in the summer, in 20percent humidity and I was using cheap paperand paint. I couldn’t control it; the washeswere drying too ast. I decided that I’d nevertry watercolor again.”Ater pursuing a degree in liberal arts,he went on to architecture school, earned adegree and started doing architectural illus-trations in pen and ink or a living. Thirty-twoyears later, he’s still completing assignmentsor clients as ar ung as Dubai and Hong Kong.
A lifetime spent in the thrall of California’s exquisite, clarifiedlight and a respect for watercolor’s innate qualities have made
Michael Reardon
a master of the one-sitting landscape.
By Sarah A. Strickley
City Center
“Using a ‘yin and yang’ composition of a dark foreground and light back-ground, I created an evocative interaction between San Francisco’s City Hall and PioneerMonument in
San Francisco Civic Center 
[watercolor on paper,
],” says Reardon.
Close Crop
Flood Fountain
[opposite;watercolor on paper,
] shows thevalue of cropping acomposition,” saysthe artist. “By con-centrating on onlytwo of the three fig-ures, I emphasizedthe dynamic tensionbetween them.”
Fountain,Sonoma Plaza
[atright; watercoloron paper,
]shows how back-lighting is key,” saysReardon. “Not onlydoes the dramaticlight source makethe water dropletssparkle, it allowsthe background,mid-ground andforeground to inter-mingle, creating aunified composition.”

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