Sunday, December 21, 2008

Watercolor Artist Magazine

In the February 2009 issue of Watercolor Artist, they share the Best of Show winners from several regional and nationa shows. This painting is THE BEST PAINTING OF KOI I HAVE EVER SEEN! It blows me away. There are no pretty blues and green and lily pads mixed with the pretty oranges and whites of the koi. There are only animals striving towards the top of the water to get that food - and be the first one there. Just a fantastic painting! And the artist, Soon Y. Warren, does it all layer by layer, glazing until she reaches the place she wants the color to be. She won Best of Show at the National Watercolor Society show this year - and I can't imagine anything beating this. WOW!
If you want to see more paintings and articles from Watercolor Artist, go to
and check it out.
No painting today - went to a holiday party to visit friends that were in from Oregon (and, yes, we made fun of them because they have snow and we don't - but we just a bit of poking fun because we have bitterly cold and windy weather that feels like it's stripping the flesh off your bones). S., who was born and raised in Hawaii, was not loving this cold Kentucky weather, and was wondering if he and E. would get back to Oregon tomorrow without delays.


Nava said...

I am not a Koi fish person, but this painting has some excitingly incredible textures - it probably looks stunning in person.

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

This article and painting really caught my eye, too! Imagine the transparency she achieves! I think this painting is one of the greatest examples of the beauty of glazing I have seen. Now, to find the time and patience to apply that many glazes.

RH Carpenter said...

It really is an amazing painting here and I'd love to be able to see it in person, Nava. Susan, yes she has Patience with a capital P! And I agree with your assessment - such a beautiful example of how glazing works.