Watercolor Artists: approaches


To get some ideas on how to start a watercolor painting, we looked at art history. What strategies have watercolor artists used in the past? 

Some artists started with a drawing, and stuck to this drawing as an outline. Other artists started with color and brushstrokes. 

We broke this down into two main strategies: the drawing approach and the painterly approach.  Look through these images and see if you can identify the approach!


Milton Avery (1885 - 1965)
Milton Avery (1885 - 1965)


Arthur Dove (1880 - 1946) 

Arthur Dove

Charles Burchfield (1893 - 1967)
John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
Paul Cezanne (1839 - 1906)

Emil Nolde (1867 - 1956)

Emil Nolde (1867 - 1956)
Maurice Prendergast (1858 - 1924)

Maurice Prendergast (1858 - 1924)

John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925)

John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925)

Egon Schiele
Georgia O'Keeffe (1887 -1986)

2 comments:

  1. love this approach to water color and love the collection. will use it in my art lessons. thanks!

    marina wilde

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    1. thank you Marina! if you have suggestions of other artists to add to the list please let me know! i hope your students enjoy these as much as mine did!

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