Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Telling Stories With Watercolor

Flying Fantasy, Acrylic and Enamels
Recently, I read an email discussion written by fellow art educators that made references to the inferiority of water-media as a topic of study for young artists.  Many of you may agree or disagree to this idea. 
We create art in a system that promotes the elitism of superstars in the fine arts.  However, take a tour of fine art throughout the centuries and see if you won’t agree with me that there is enough room in art to include everyone.  I can’t help it, from the beginning I want to embrace and inclusive philosophy rather than exclusive.  While I wonder at the divine imagery of Michelangelo, I also enjoy the story telling of Grandma Moses.
While water-media may not be a favorite in New York art galleries, certainly great watercolorists like William Turner and Winslow Homer cannot be ignored, as well should future generations of artists have the opportunity to express themselves with this media.  Just a few thoughts…What do you think?