Posts Tagged ‘watercolors’

Artist of the moment……..Susan Headley Van Campen


Susan Headley Van Campen is an American artist renown for her art of floral imagery. The artist was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in the year 1951.

The artist attended the Moore College of Art for one year before finishing college at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art. Both colleges are located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Van Campen has a remarkable sense of design. Often the artist leaves much of the composition blank, thus drawing even more attention to her flowers and leaves. Her leaves have a fantastic sense of life and movement.

Below a link to the website of their artist:

The artist also paints landscapes.

She is married to another artist, Tim Van Campen, who is a graphic designer, painter, and textile artist.

If you enjoy the way this artist paints flowers be sure and check out my post on another watercolor master often working with floral imagery, Gary Bukovnik.





Artist of the moment………Kawase Hasui

Kawase Hasui was a fantastic Japanese woodblock artist renown for his images of the landscape. Hasui also painted the figure.

Hasui studied privately with master artist Kiyokata Kaburagi at his studio.

Kawase Hasui was born in 1883 and was part of Shin Hanga movement. He spent some time as an illustrator.

In 1923 a very large earthquake ruined much of his artwork.

In this clip we view a montage of works by Kawase Hasui:

Kawase Hasui passed away in 1953.

Price range information: Prints range from $1,000 to $10,000. The artist worked in watercolor and also painted originals in oils.

What I enjoy most about the work of this master printmaker is the locations of his work. For instance its great to see the imagery by French/ American artist Antoine Blanchard and the work of his daughters. Many times they painted the same location. Its true also of the American Hudson River artists.

Hasui painted a few famous locales, but for the most part he stuck to painting the more rural and quieter scenes of Japan that might be surpassed by the average tourist. Hasui offers us a great idea of day to day life in Japan.



Artist of the moment…….Abraham Walkowitz

Walkowitz was born to Jewish parents in Tyumen, Siberia. Walkowitz was known for his watercolors, especially of the dancer Isadora Duncan.  Duncan was a Modernist dancer, much in the same way Abraham Walktowitz was a Modernist painter. Walkowitz produced a large body of drawings and paintings. Walkowitz is a lesser known Modernist artist. In addition to his recurring subject Isadora Duncan, Walkowitz was known for his cityscapes, which were also very abstract for the time period.

Isadora Duncan was an American born dancer who was thrown out of the country for her sympathy to the Soviet Union. She died in  a freak accident. Duncan was a leader in moving dancing away from something up tight and rigid to more natural and free flowing types of moves. She moved to Europe and taught her style of dancing to many followers. Duncan enjoyed wearing long neck scarves. One day she was a passenger in a car that was involved in an auto accident. Her scarf became caught in the wheel spokes a tire, and snapped her neck and she died.

Walkowitz met Duncan as she was visiting the studio of painter Auguste Rodin.

Walkowitz was a great acquaintance of Alfred Steiglitz, the husband of Georgia O’Keefe. Walkowitz used his connections to show his work with other Modernist style painters in the gallery of Steiglitz in New York City.

Price range information: Works range from $1,000 to $60,000. Walkowitz worked in pencil, watercolours, and oils.

For his artistic education the artist attended the Academie Julien located in Paris, France. Walkowitz also attended the National Academy of Design.

In this clip many watercolours by Abraham Walkowitz and his favorite muse, Isadora Duncan:

What a great modernist painter!