Meet Jan Guarino, this week’s top American Watercolor Weekly Ambassador!
Every painting I choose to paint focuses on the question: what drew me to this subject? As I move through this question, I then look at my world through a filter that says to me, what’s next and then go where the answers may lead me. It may be a place I visited during my travels, I will be called to a particular photo, or a painting I started en plein air. It may be a photograph someone shows me of a person, a child, a couple that captured a moment, an expression, a posture. It is in that moment that I pause and realize I am overcome by a stirring, an ache — and I must paint it.
“By The Light” (watercolor painting) during a recent artists painting trip to Provence, we were in this lovely church and the light coming in the window cast a beautiful glow on these folks. It just spoke to me and when that happens the painting pours out of me.
“Concert Here Tonight” (watercolor painting) From a photo I took in Dubrovnik on an artists painting trip. The war they endured was one of the bloodiest in recent history. The bullet holes that are in the painting were actually everywhere in the town and surrounding areas. While today this doorway provides a lovely candlelight concert within, years ago it provided a very different kind of protection during the war.
“Desert Dance” (watercolor painting) I totally enjoyed painting this caravan of camel riders through the Sahara desert. The colors on the sand, the long shadows from the setting sun and the postures of the camels and their riders were a joy to depict.