Six Gifts for Watercolor Artists

If you celebrate the holidays by sharing and receiving gifts, you’ll appreciate this wish list for watercolor artists — from practical to just plain fun.

Color Wheel Pendant
Round and round it goes, the color wheel never stops being useful in painting, drawing, design, and beyond. Celebrate this powerful artistic tool when you wear it around your neck. Yellow Owl Workshop has produced a beautiful gilded gold necklace that features rainbow hues dangling from a glistening chain. Its striking simplicity makes it a great choice for an everyday outfit or fancy night out at an art gallery.


WE THE PEOPLE: Portraits of Veterans in America
In 2010, Mary Whyte set out to paint 50 large-scale watercolor portraits of current day American military veterans of all ages and walks of life — one from every state. The resulting series, ‘WE THE PEOPLE: Portraits of Veterans in America,’ includes a Missouri dairy farmer, Rhode Island lobsterman, Pennsylvania science teacher, and South Carolina single mother, and 46 others. The coffee table book would be a great gift for a veteran or family member, or anyone who appreciates Mary Whyte’s compelling watercolor portraits.


Creative Catalyst Videos
No matter what subject you or the watercolor artist in your life likes to paint, Creative Catalyst has a DVD that fits the bill.

Figure Painter: Maybe it’s the way sun catches a face, an expression, the smiling eyes of someone you love. … There is something about people that calls you to paint them. Breathe life into your portrait paintings with Michael Holter’s 7 Steps to Watercolor Portraits.


Still Life Painter: Inspired by the Dutch still life painters of the 16th and 17th centuries, watercolor master Laurin McCracken has made it his life’s mission to capture the beauty of objects in spectacular detail. In Watercolor Realism: Glass & Wood, he walks you through every step of his painting process from start to finish.


Landscape Painter: Painting water can feel like learning to speak a new language. It’s unnatural, confusing, and what seems simple just isn’t. In Fearless Waterscapes with Shuang Li, the artist helps you become fluent in the unique language of painting water.

Plus, videos of other top artists, including Keiko Tanabe, Dan Marshall, Andy Evansen, and Mario Robinson.


Blue Periwinkle Wildflowers Backpack
With a colorful brushstroke design, this backpack makes a fun transport for your supplies or any other travel needs.


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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.


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