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19th century colonial art

It's the late 19th century or early 20th century, I'm in a London shop that sells art. I ask to see paintings and prints that depict India and other colonial areas. What artists will I likely be shown? Were there any bestselling works or collections? Is there anywhere on the internet that has a good collection of pieces in this category?
posted by clorox on Jul 12, 2016 - 6 answers

Your Best Watercolor Tips

I've been trying my hand at watercolor for a couple years, but I feel already like I'm just repeating myself. I'm not looking so much for exercises (work big! work small! do a monochrome!) as I am tips you've come across that made your watercolors better. I generally work abstract. If it matters, I use Holbein paints, various brushes, and cold press paper.
posted by mermaidcafe on Feb 14, 2016 - 11 answers

Watercolor Artists Whose Work is Not Representational

I love to look at and create watercolor paintings. However, most of the watercolor art I find isn’t to my taste because it’s so representational. Boats, still lifes, nature, and portraits do nothing for me. I do like the watercolors I’ve seen by Gerhard Richter and Zao Wou-Ki. Who are some other artists who are doing or have done interesting things with nonrepresentational / abstract watercolor?
posted by mermaidcafe on Mar 4, 2015 - 7 answers

Erasing Non-Photo Blue Pencil

My drawing style has been black ink over non-photo blue scanned in as line art until recently. Now I want to watercolor my drawings, but still start them with blue pencil. I'm having a heck of time erasing my the non-photo blue pencil marks, though. I've tried hi-polymer and artgum erasers. Usually I'm on watercolor paper. The erasers don't work well and I sometimes tear the paper. How is this done? Do I need a better eraser or to wash on another layer or something?
posted by 10ch on Feb 4, 2015 - 12 answers

Looking for the artist of a 20-square series in charcoal/watercolor.

Everything is monochromatic, and looks like it was done in charcoal or watercolor. The copy I have is a 20-piece series of ~8"x8" drawings. The plot: a girl walks up to a statue near a body of water, removes her clothes, and begins to swim. She and the statue's water-reflection begin to... roil, quite passionately, in the water, and in the final panel she ends up in the statue's arms. Any knowledge of the artist or title would be well appreciated.
posted by miniraptor on May 23, 2014 - 4 answers

Looking for a Japanese watercolor painting or print

Years ago, my husband and I bought a cool print of a Japanese watercolor painting in San Francisco. It was a rad painting of fish (koi?) and it was on a scroll-type thing and it wasn't super expensive so I was psyched. So psyched that I left it in the hotel room and have been kicking myself over it ever since. Help me find something comparable so I don't have to kick myself anymore. [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Apr 23, 2014 - 5 answers

Can you identify this artist?

I just bought this nice painting and would like to know who painted it. Here's a close-up. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Nov 9, 2013 - 7 answers

Wet watercolor artist. Can't remember his name.

Do you know the name of this wet watercolor painter? [more inside]
posted by sugarbx19 on Jul 27, 2013 - 1 answer

Every day objects in watercolor

Help me find the blog of a japanese artist which drew everyday objects using watercolors. Shoes, clothes, mugs, etc. I think he updated daily.
posted by jgwong on Jun 12, 2013 - 5 answers

help with artistic inspiration?

help with artistic inspiration? [more inside]
posted by mkuhnell on Nov 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Cheap paper for watercolor practice?

Are there any no-hassle, cheap alternatives to watercolor paper? I want to practice a lot without spending a lot. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jul 10, 2012 - 16 answers


A young, talented art student needs advice. She did a beautiful sketch for an assignment, but had a *really* hard time with watercoloring it. Here's the final piece. It's set in a grotto-like space, with light coming from above near the waterfall, but she had problems making that area bright, making water further away really dark, with lighting, layering, shadowing, etc. She's great with acrylic, but unfortunately needs to work in watercolor again *soon*. She had a fairly basic student watercolor set, and used Arches watercolor paper." Any advice on what she can do to rapidly improve in the medium?
posted by markkraft on Nov 22, 2011 - 16 answers

wtf Waterpaper Block : /

Watercolor enthusiasts: How do I get the &$%^##%$% paper out of this Aqvarelle Arches hot pressed waterpaper block? [more inside]
posted by Glinn on Jul 31, 2011 - 15 answers

Two paintings, separated by a common canvas

After discovering a second painting on the back of a treasured watercolor, how can I display them both? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness on Jul 23, 2011 - 3 answers

If I knew Picasso

Framing a watercolor painting. How? [more inside]
posted by J. Wilson on May 1, 2011 - 5 answers

Help identify this mystery watercolor

Help me identify this watercolor of two monks(?) [more inside]
posted by CheeseLouise on Jan 27, 2011 - 11 answers

Selling water(color) by the river?

Is there a way for me to sell or otherwise capitalize upon a novel Photoshop technique I devised? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Dec 28, 2010 - 16 answers

ArtDisasterFilter: How do I get wax out of my paper-and-watercolor art project?

ArtDisasterFilter: How do I get wax out of my paper-and-watercolor art project? (Details inside) [more inside]
posted by HenryGale on Nov 13, 2010 - 12 answers

Where in England?

Can anyone identify the location (presumably in England) of this watercolor painting by Alfred W. Rich? [more inside]
posted by beagle on Oct 11, 2010 - 4 answers

Who is the lady behind this Queen of Diamonds?

Who drew this picture? [more inside]
posted by ultrapotato on Oct 3, 2010 - 2 answers

I need a pen that will change my life!

I'm looking for a good pen that I can use for sketching/rendering/etc. The main requirements: ~1mm thickness and it has to play nice with watercolors. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by cvp on Jun 23, 2010 - 7 answers

Are they killing sables to make my brushes?

If the paint brush manufacturers are only taking a certain bit of hair from an animal, what happens to the rest of the animal? [more inside]
posted by blackunicorn on Jan 13, 2010 - 9 answers

A new medium?

Can you kindly recommend to me watercolor and/or acrylic paint resources? [more inside]
posted by owtytrof on Jul 24, 2008 - 12 answers

Through a scanner, gently

Where can I get a watercolor painting scanned in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by bjrubble on Sep 11, 2006 - 4 answers

Watercolor paper - artist gift recommendations?

I'm looking for recommendations for high quality watercolor paper for my girlfriend as part of a birthday gift. - bonus if it works well with acrylics - Recommendations for good watercolor paints also appreciated. [more inside]
posted by freq on Aug 29, 2005 - 8 answers

Real or fake?

Is this a Paul Klee watercolor or not? [more inside]
posted by Rothko on Jul 27, 2005 - 18 answers

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