I have been taking the time to watch quite a few instructive videos from a variety or world class water-colorists. I came across Eric Yi Lin who teaches and instructs on his site Cafe Watercolors. I think he is a wonderful teacher who is really able to communicate his ideas. In the video below Eric has given me permission to repost his video. Click on the image below and it will take you to his site - Cafe Watercolors. ENJOY!
As I explore my own work with watercolors I have discovered a phrase that captures the spirit and direction that I want to take with my own work. I see it as very abstracted while at the same time having objective elements in it at the same time. This phrase is ABSTRACT REALISM. Now I am not sure if this is a historic or modem concept but it seems to capture two disparate ideas. One of the paintings I so admire is done by a Marc Folly. He is a French painter and is a modern master. He is described as "In love with strong lights, powerful colors and the unexpected of watercolor, Marc Folly has a taste for and art in quirky and complex subjects often linked to urban, industrial and craft life." His Facebook page click here.
I came across this article:
What Is Abstract Realism? & WHY IT'S SO POPULAR TODAY by Bakr York
First, What Is Abstract Realism?
If I could write a more meaningful & practical (than the dictionary) definition of abstract realism, it’d go something like…
abstract realism: a threefold approach to making art. It encompasses (1) a figurative, i.e., true to life, depiction of some image—whether photographed or experienced; (2) non-figurative, abstract, design elements—line, form, texture, process, etc.—in which to render that real-life image. And most importantly (3), the ineffable gestalten experience resulting from the counterpoint of (1) and (2).
2. The Realism Part of Abstract Realism: Just as Real as Hyperrealism
If the first track, or stream of thought, behind an abstract realist work is some fanciful method of creation, and likely a deeper meaning behind that method, then the second track is, of course, that elegantly simple realism track.
That is, while the artist devotes half his mind to abstract expressionism, the other half grounds the work in some aspect of reality. It serves as a parallel anchor.
But what some people fail to see, is that abstract realism is often just as accurate as any photograph or hyperrealism artwork.
This is because realistic representation happens at different scales and by different design elements.
For example, when seen from up close, a line or shape might communicate some specific emotion—flowing peaceful tranquility, or frenetic agitation, or the fall of communism in the former Soviet Union. But after the viewer steps back, only then can they see the exact precision of a line in relationship to all the surrounding lines. And, given the artist, they might perfectly match the geometry found in real life.
The next time you look at an abstract realism landscape or portrait, squint your eyes a bit. If the artist’s realism anchor was the subject’s large-scale ratios, the blurry version seen while squinting will be indistinguishable from any photograph.
As a young realism painter, I’d take offense at anyone dismissing the skill needed to render a photorealistic portrait. But at some most most young realist painters seem to hit a kind of "fascination wall." Precision alone can only bring us so far, eventually leaving much to be desired.
Oddly, it was the power of “squinting” that converted me. It was learning how to use ambiguity that brought me over to the abstract realism camp. (That…and twenty years ofbeing a traveling artist—regularly meeting better painters than myself!)
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