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on: November 26, 2015, 05:04:10 AM
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Reply #1 on: November 28, 2015, 08:45:13 AM
Very interesting video and thank you for sharing Susan.   Patricia
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Reply #2 on: November 29, 2015, 01:42:35 PM
I'm so grateful you posted this video, Susan - I'm even more proud now that I'm a watercolor artist. Every so often, someone tells me if I paint something in oil then they'd buy it from me - since they don't consider watercolor as a fine art. I now have something to tell them!!!
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Reply #3 on: November 29, 2015, 02:23:19 PM
I'm so grateful you posted this video, Susan - I'm even more proud now that I'm a watercolor artist. Every so often, someone tells me if I paint something in oil then they'd buy it from me - since they don't consider watercolor as a fine art. I now have something to tell them!!!
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Reply #4 on: December 03, 2015, 12:06:55 PM
 O0 O0 O0    :clap: :clap: :clap:    :yippee:
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Reply #5 on: December 03, 2015, 02:17:27 PM
 :thankyou:
Very well done video.
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Reply #6 on: March 06, 2016, 07:47:17 AM
This is a beautiful video, thanks so much for putting it up.

Unfortunately, the rest of the world was turned off to watercolors, fell in love with oils in the Renaissance and never came back to them.

The Academy of Art in San Francisco offers no degree using watercolor, only oil. The only way you can get a Masters using it is under "illustration!" Heaven forbid!

The acceptance to the California State Fair is the most telling gauge of this anti-watercolor bias. Below is a list of the number of pieces accepted:

Oils - 16
Acrylics - 16
Mixed Media - 12
Watercolors - 8
Drawings - 6
Colored Pencils - 4
Collage - 3
Pastel - 2

This is disgraceful.  Even acrylics, a new medium, gets more respect. California has an entire watercolor and design movement named "California Style," yet only 8 are accepted.  It would seem that if you used excrement as your medium you have a better chance of getting in.  http://www.paintbasket.com/members/Smileys/webby/angry.gif
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Reply #7 on: March 06, 2016, 10:16:03 AM
 :wave: Alice, nice to see you messaging again.  Have missed you.  Thanks for that bit of info and it is disgusting that watercolour doesn't enjoy the same prestige as oil or acrylics. Having said that, when I started out,I took a class with the local Seniors and registered for acrylics because I was under the misapprehension that watercolour was "wishy washy" and I loved the vibrancy of acrylics. As fate would have it, there were not enough people registered for the acrylic class which was cancelled and I was left with no choice but to join the watercolour group and I am really not sorry, especially since I joined the PB because I now understand that watercolour can be vibrant too, it is all up to the watercolourist.


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Reply #8 on: March 06, 2016, 02:09:45 PM
I'm glad you voiced your frustration too, Alice. Last year I went to the Chicago institute of art and so you know how many watercolor paintings they have in the huge museum? Zippo!!!! I wasn't very happy after that.
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Reply #9 on: March 06, 2016, 03:40:56 PM
Yes, Alice, you've been missed.  And your brother in law Steven - please give him a poke and get him back here, too.

You both always have very useful information to share.

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Reply #10 on: March 08, 2016, 04:22:25 AM
Interesting stats Alice.

I had forgotten about meeting an artist in Belize a couple of years ago that painted in acrylics.....but made them look like w/c! He did so because 1) acrylics were easier to control, 2) because although people do like the 'look' of w/c, they have the idea that the w/c hold no value, and will fade into oblivion quickly.

I've also had the comment pointed at me.... 'Why don't you paint like a real artist, in oil/acrylic?' Really, what has the medium to do with 'being' a 'real' artist?  :doh:

Hope both you and Steven are keeping well. Would love to see some of your recent pieces Alice. Do give Steven a nudge for us  :knuppel2:     ;D

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Reply #11 on: March 09, 2016, 12:34:47 PM
Thank you for opening my eyes re: under-representation of WC in Art Gallery.  But now that you mentioned it, I don't recall seeing many, including in recent art movements.

I certainly don't think any less of WC, if anything I always felt that someone needs to be an accomplished artist to be able to tackled WC. 

I have much admiration for all you watercolourists, and always look at your paintings with great interest.
Cheers, Annie
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Reply #12 on: May 25, 2016, 08:56:57 PM
Watercolor is magic, it can almost paint itself at times. The beauty of looking at a wonderful watercolor painting is the way it allows the imagination to fill in what is left out - like looking at clouds. This is not easily done with any other medium. In oil and acrylic, you have to work very hard to get the same effect. Why this is not considered "Fine Art" is beyond me. The eyes love watercolor!
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Reply #13 on: May 25, 2016, 09:53:26 PM
Alice,

So nice to see you on PB today.  Miss you.

I am really getting to like watercolor more every day.

aloha

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