Posts Tagged ‘watercolor’

Artist of the moment……..Crystal Liu



Crystal Liu is a Canadian born painter renown for her images of flowers and nature.  Crystal Liu was born in Toronto, Ontario in the year 1980.

Liu attended the Ontario College of Art and Design located in Toronto. Liu went on to earn a M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

Liu often works with watecolors and ink.

The artist also works with the medium of photographer. The first example in the picture gallery is an example of Liu’s photography style.

Liu has shown her work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Crystal Liu’s art reminds of painter Robert Kushner. Both artist’s capture the wonderful organic lines of flowers and also incorporate a variety of mediums to give their paintings a wonderful variety of texture and movement of light across the painting surface. When I first saw Kushner’s work in person I was amazed at how the picture changed slightly as moved, this made it seem very life like.

Kushner often covers his work with resin and also uses glitter, which doesn’t show up well on a digital image. But in person as the viewer slightly moves different light is bounced on a variety of colors of glitter and the effect is a shimmering light.




We remember………..Steve Hanks


Steve Hanks was an awesome artist renown for his exquisite renderings of the female figure painted in watercolor.

I had the opportunity to view his work in person and was blown away by his use of color. Hanks was also one of the first artists I knew that painted on aquabord.

Hanks was based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico and passed away on April 21 of 2015.

Unfortunately the artist didn’t get to paint until the end. He died from cancer located in his neck. He had to quit painting due to the difficulty of his treatment.

Below a great interview with the great Steve Hanks in conjunction with the Greenwich Workshop.  We will miss you Steve, but thanks for inspiring us to paint the female figure:


Artist of the moment…….William Gear




William Gear was a Scottish painter renown for his abstract paintings. William Gear was born in Methil, Fife, Scotland in the year 1915. His father was a coal miner.

The artist attended the Edinburgh College of Art.

Gear was called to serve for his country and joined the        . When Gear traveled he often helped to contribute to funds which helped struggling artists during the tough economic times of war.

After serving his country the artist moved to Paris and began having solo exhibitions.

The artist and was among the first in his region to employ the medium of silk screening to produce prints.

Gear also served a head of the art department at the Birmingham College of Art.

William Gear passed away in 1997.

price range information: The artist worked in watercolor, oils, inks, gouache, and mixed media with prices ranging from $5,000 to $60,000. Gear also worked as a designer of textiles.



Artist of the moment……..Susan Shatter


Susan Shatter was an American painter of landscapes and renown for her magnificent watercolors of the sea. Shatter was a painter and printmaker born in the year 1943.

Shatter attended the Skowhegan School  of Art located in Skowhegan, Maine. She then switched colleges to the Pratt Institute and earned a B.F.A. from this school. Shatter went on to earn an M.F.A. from Boston University.

The artist was able to take advanced classes as a high school student and her school and also with additional classes paid for her by her parents. Shatter had always shown a desire to create art since she was a youngster.

Some artists that gave Shatter the inspiration to paint are Jackson Pollack, Alex Katz, and Philip Pearstein.

Susan Shatter passed away in 2011 from cancer.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Shatter was an amazing painter of waves and ocean. She also painted wonderful deserts, canyons, and plants. Shatter had a great sense for using lights and darks to keep viewers eye moving in the painting. If you enjoy this artist be sure and check out Woody Gwynn.


Artist of the moment……..Kieron Williamson



Kieron Williamson is a wonderful painter who isn’t even a teenager! Kieron Williamson was born in England on August 4th of 2002.

So far the artist has worked mainly in watercolour.

Over his brief career the artist has sold his works for more than $1.5 million pounds! Quite amazing for such a young painter. He is living his dream at a very young age.

The artist will begin private tutoring so he can focus more on his painting skills.

The family was able to purchase a home in Ludham, England with the proceeds of a show featuring the Williamson.

Below a link to the website of Kieron Williamson:


In this clip a brief bio about Kieron Williamson:

price range information: Works range from 5,000 pounds to 50,000 pounds.

What an amazing artist! If you enjoy child prodigies make sure and check out my post on the artist named Akiane. Even if you don’t like Impressionism you must appreciate the great talents of this young artist!





Artist of the moment……….Millard Sheets



Millard Sheets was born in Pomona, California in the year 1907. Sheets was renown for his painting skills, but also produced fantastic mosaics and sculptures. Sheets not only created the mosaics for a branch bank that existed in California, he also was the major architect of the buildings.

Sheets attended the Chouinard Art Institute located in Los Angeles, California. Its fair to see he mastered the medium at an early age. Whilst still a teen, he was accepted into some prestigious watercolor societies. Sheets was also given the opportunity to teach the art of watercolor before he graduated from Chouinard.

The artist was also renown for his wonderful skill at teaching. Sheets served as director for the Otis Art Institute located in Los Angeles. He helped the program develop new artistic programs.

The artist worked for such nationally renown companies as Life as an illustrator. He also did illustration work for the United States Army.

Sheets completed large mosaic murals and the one pictured below is located in Dallas, Texas. The work was completed in 1959.



Millard Sheets passed away in 1989.

In this clip fellow artists talk about Millard Sheets. Some works are also shown:


Price range information: The artist worked in watercolors and oils. Works range from $10,000 to $150,000.

What a fascinating artist! From painting, to sculpture, and even mosaics and architecture, his creativity had no limit!



Artist of the moment………Rex Brandt


Rex Brandt was an American artist renown for his illustrations and abstract landscapes. Rex Brandt was born in San Diego,  California in the year 1914. His landscapes are painted often in cubist style.

Brandt excelled in art from a young age, at thirteen he took his first lessons at the Chouinard Art Institute located in Los Angeles, California. Brandt continued with lessons at Riverside Junior College before obtaining a degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

Brandt was a member of the American Watercolor Society and California Watercolor Society.

The artist had a great sense of design and was also an accomplished printmaker. My favorite work in the gallery is the print of San Francisco, a wonderful birds eye view including the famed San Francisco Bridge.

Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $20,000.

Brandt worked mainly in watercolors.

Rex Brandt passed away in 2000.

The artist was also most popular teachers of watercolor and art in California. He published many instructional books which can be found on Amazon for a great price.

If you enjoy this style of painting be sure and check out watercolor master John Pike. Both were masters of the watercolor medium, its great for depicting the mood and atmosphere, if you can control the medium with the landscape you can find a wonderful mixture of geometric and organic shapes.


Artist of the moment…..Fujio Yoshida


Fujio Yoshida was born into the great Yoshida family of artists. Fujio Yoshida was born in Japan in the year 1887. Her mother (Rui, Yoshida) and her father (Kasaburo Yoshida) were both artists.

Yoshida worked in many styles over here career and including with works that depict large flowers. The artist also painted wonderful landscapes and also abstract works. The artist started in the art world with paintings of Japan painted in watercolors.

Her first solo exhibition took place in 1980.

Fujio Yoshida passed away in 1987 at 99 years of age.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

What a great sense of design! The large floral paintings of one flower seen from a close view point are often compared to the American painter Georgia O’Keeffe. In a family of artists, she was the first renowned female painter.



Artist of the moment…….William Thon

William Thon was a wonderful American artist renowned for his landscape paintings which were painted in an abstract manner. William Thon was born in the year 1906 in New York City. For his artistic education Thon studied at the Art Student’s League of New York City.

Thon was also enlisted in the Navy during the Second World War.

In this clip we view a great montage of works by William Thon:

The artist was also a professor at Ohio State University.

William Thon passed away in 2000.

price range information: Works range from $4,000 to $15,000. Thon worked mainly in watercolors, but also produced oils and works in pastel.

What a great mix of abstraction and reality! Thon used his artistic license very well!


Artist of the moment……Robert Bechtle

Robert Bechtle is an American artist renowned for his realistic depictions of the California landscape. Robert Bechtle was born in San Francisco, California in the year 1932. For his artistic education Bechtle attended the California College of Art and Design earning both a B.F.A.and an M.F.A. His collegiate studies were interuppted by a stint in the Army.

In this clip we view on of the prints by Bechtle dealing with three houses. From Crown Point Press. I wish more Inuit artists would take us behind the scenes!:

I mentioned a few posts back with John Chamberlain, we will take some closer looks into artists that use the automobile as a focus in their works. In this clip Bechtle talks about his use of the auto in making his art:

Price range information: Bechtle worked with oils, watercolors, etchings, and lithographs. Prices range from $20,000 to $500,000.

Bechtle is based out of San Francisco, California.

I love the design of his landscapes. They are the essence of urban Americana of the 1960s and 1970s.


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