Jarien de Ham—Watercolor
|Jarien de Ham|
|Montana de Oro, Rough Water © Jarien de Ham|
Inspired by local landscape. The tiny person is
dwarfed by powerful forces.
|Man Walking, Lone Pine Tree © Jarien de Ham|
A casual scene not depicting any particular place. This
is xie yi or spontaneous style. My goal was to compose
a painting in traditional Chinese style.
|Cerro Romaldo © Ardella Swanberg|
|Cayucos Cove © Ardella Swanberg|
I got hooked on watercolor over 26 years ago and I am in my element painting near a rushing stream or setting on a dock in a harbor. I am mainly a landscape painter but have painted people, animals, flowers and more recently fishing boats. Watercolor has allowed me to have a loose realistic interpretation of a subject. I love the transparent and glowing colors, soft and hard edges and the blending of colors one can create with watercolor.
I am a signature member of the Iowa Watercolor Society and have won a 1st, 3rd and two 5th place ribbons in their Annual Jury Show. I have exhibited in many shows in Minnesota and Iowa. In 2010 the National Transparent Watercolor Society accepted my painting called “Oaxaca Basket Weaver” painting into their annual jury show.
|Morning Fog in Wisconsin © Sarah DeLong|
|Evening in Morro Bay © Sarah DeLong|
Deb is a self taught artist who gets so immersed in her painting that it becomes a form of meditation. She feels blessed to have the natural beauty around her, which is a constant inspiration to paint and to create dynamic ways to share her artistic vision with others.
Deb’s artwork is in 43 states and 20 different countries. She loves to track where her paintings travel to. She has had over 60 solo exhibitions, many group shows, and a television appearance.
Deb’s purpose is to capture and share the serenity and joy of nature – a serene refuge from the modern world.
|Burano, Italy © Deb Festa|
|Festa’a Paradise © Deb Festa|
Watercolor is my medium for these paintings. Its fluidity and unpredictable ways add to my sense of capturing the moment.
|Curlew © Virginia Mack|
|Kayak View Peaks © Virginia Mack|
Each medium presents challenges—and watercolor has several. Some colors are opaque, some transparent, some are staining, others non-staining, some are “sedimentary.” White is not normally used in watercolor—the white you see is the paper—so if I want to leave something white, I don’t paint there! Watercolor is much lighter when it dries than it is when still wet. Watercolor can be painted very wet, very dry, or anywhere in between for different effects, and the heat, humidity, and light will affect how quickly it dries. I paint “en plein air”—in other words, outdoors. This adds it’s own challenges, as the light and air conditions (and the water conditions if painting at the ocean) are in constant flux.
Painting outside in watercolor is a constant adventure.
|Sweet Spring Reflections © Susan Wood|
|Windy Dunes © Susan Wood|