Paint with Abandon

“Good paintings teach a watercolorist very little,” says Iain Stewart. “It’s the bad paintings that instruct me how to improve my work because I have to look critically at them to identify the reasons they failed.

“Van Gogh’s Garden- Provence” (watercolor,10 1/4 x 6 1/2 in.) by Iain Stewart

“Too many artists focus on creating masterpieces, and they are crushed when they are not successful. In my experience as a painter and teacher, our work is more successful when we risk failure, paint with abandon, and then evaluate the results.”

Previous articleApril in New York. Who’s In?
Next articlePlay Within the Lines
Kelly Kane
PleinAir Magazine and American Watercolor Weekly Editor-in-Chief With more than 20 years experience in art publishing, Kelly Kane has served previously as Editor-in-Chief of Watercolor Artist magazine and Content Director for The Artist’s Magazine, Drawing, Acrylic Artist, and Pastel Journal. She has interviewed many of the preeminent artists of our time and written numerous articles about painting, drawing, art education and art history. She is now the Editor-in-Chief of PleinAir Magazine and the American Watercolor Weekly newsletter. Click here to send her an email.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here