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AMERICAN

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Watercolor

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CONTENTS
4 Editors Note
6 Contributors
10 Noteworthy
24 Become Your Own Best Teacher
BY NAOMI EKPERIGIN

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With nearly 50 years of experience as a


painter, Karen Frey continues to challenge
herself and move in new directions by
taking a close look at her past work.

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34 Cover Competition Winners


We profile the 10 finalists in our annual
cover competition, with each artist offering
a valuable lesson that you can apply to your
own artistic practice.
46 Take an Abstract Approach to Realism
BY NAOMI EKPERIGIN

After years of working as an oil painter,


Colorado artist Susan Hinton gave watercolor a try and discovered that the second
times the charm.
56 Use Sketches to Build a Sense of Place
BY JAMES DUNCAN

ON THE COVER

Architect and watercolorist David Savellano


captures the beauty of San Francisco by
balancing speed, precision, and spontaneity.

56 How to Paint a Landscape Step by Step


64 Paint With A Plan: Use Sketches and
Photographs to Create Your Best Work!
46 Take an Abstract Approach to Realism
56, 64, 74, 82, & 86
Rethink Your Palette: 5 Pros Share Their Top Picks

COVER IMAGE:
Bridger GMC (detail, reversed)
by Wendy Marquis, 2010, acrylic, 24 x 30. Collection the artist.

64 Cindy Brabec-King: Facing Challenges


Head-On
BY NAOMI EKPERIGIN

For this Colorado artist, painting with


watercolor is endlessly exciting because she
never stops setting new goals and pushing
her creative and technical limits.
74 Combine Techniques to Achieve OilLike Effects
BY NAOMI EKPERIGIN

Using thick applications of paint and

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elements of both realism and abstraction, Washington state artist Bev Jozwiak
creates watercolors that have the richness
of oil paintings.
82 Create an Acrylic Portrait
Step by Step
BY MATT CAULEY

New Jersey artist, illustrator, and graphic


designer Matt Cauley finds that the fast
drying time of acrylics suits his approach
to creating fine art. Here, he offers a demonstration of how he creates his evocative
and emotive portraits.
86 Create Your Best Paintings On-Site
BY LINDA S. PRICE

Working exclusively en plein air, Jana


Matusz uses acrylic and crayon to
transform inspiring landscapes into
strong paintings.
96 Coming In...

Watercolor (ISSN 1053-3915) (Issue 67) (USPS 013-433) is published quarterly by


Interweave Press, 201 E. Fourth St., Loveland, CO 80537-5655, (970) 669-7672.
Subscriptions are $23.95 U.S. and Possessions, $27.95 Canada, and $30.95 all
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