Artistic Inspiration

To copy or mimic another artist’s style. “Pastiche”:
I think this word is appropriate to mention here. Artists and photographers don’t “own” their style. They don’t own their poses. (Yes, there could be copyright issues, but I am talking about their colors and brushstrokes)  I feel there is a respect all artists deserve and it is up to us to develop our own unique style and voice. We should not attempt to COPY their style but incorporate bits and pieces from every artist whose work we admire and want to emulate. We go to workshops and try to paint like the instructor. That is what you are supposed to do!! As I grow as an artist I don’t feel I need to go to every amazing artist’s workshop. I am starting to be able to deconstruct what I like and try to incorporate it into my work.

Artists: Inspiration & Admire:

This is the start of a list of some of the many artists whose style I find inspiration.

Eudes Correia,  A Brazilian artist living in Lisbon Portugal. Very loose and fresh. Looks like he paints quick but has very detailed focal areas. I love how he blends his colors into the background with what looks like a fresh splash! Check out his YouTubes.
MarcosBeccari A Brazilian artist. His Instagram page has a million photos of his work!! He has many images of portraits water. The question is always what color is flesh? Mr. Beccari looks as if he uses some violet for his darks. I am going to study these closely. One thing I am also noting in so many images of his, are the examples of interesting poses and simple expressions. Also most are with high contrast.  Beautiful work!

Michael Holter. I recently went to a portrait workshop of his Oct 2019. I learned a lot by his simple step approach to portraits. Easy to follow and grow from!

Ewa Ludwiczak, she paints like Charles Reid. She is amazing and fresh. I want to do my life drawings like her and Reid.
Janet Rogers,I have not yet attended one of her workshops. I love her fresh colors and thin layers.
Kim Johnson, Very accomplished. Colorful paintings. Very bold and fresh washes. She has YouTubes.
Bev Jozwiak (pronounced Jaws’-wick). I love her drippy, rich backgrounds. She is on my list of workshops I must attend.
Janet Mach Dutton, is an AMAZING artist!!! Her style of photo realism is amazing.
Ted Nuttall,Ted is a master of thin layers of arbitrary color and freshness. He has a wonderful fresh style many admire and try to emulate. I am one. One of his signature element are his “sloppy dots”. I love how these dots lead your eye around the portrait. I try to use a similar technique with dark values to lead your eye. I will darken some corners, make some lines darker, etc. Ted’s fresh, thin, transparent layers makes his portraits beautiful and what many of his admirers strive for in watercolor!!!
Here are just a few artists (like me) who seem to share a style similar to Ted’s.

YouTube and Artistic Reference Sites:

Watercolor Painting –
Check out Stan Miller on YouTube  Start with Lesson 1 on composition, Then Lesson 2 & 3. Watch the rest when you have time. He is amazing!


Sycra Yasin’s resources. Sycra is a very talented artist. He has many excellent drawing tutorial on YouTubes. This is a link to his drawing tutorials. Sycra’s Drawing Tutorials. Sycra on Composition (Note: There is nudity in these links!)

Drew Struzan, You may not know his name but you will recognize his work for his movie billboards. I am currently drawn to his charcoal sketches on gray paper. I love the depth he gets in his drawings. His border within the drawing is very striking! I prefer to search on images of Drew Strazan.

Figure Drawing Models and References:
Croquis Cafe. This is like actual life drawing with live nude models. It was on YouTube but because of nudity you watch them on Vimeo. You need to set up a login.

Other figure drawing reference images:  This is very good. and
Jeff Watts: Friday Night Workshop – August 29, 2014 Excellent 3 hr YouTube  showing 5 and 3 minute life drawings. Other YouTubes from Watts Atelier
Jeff Watts follows the Frank Reilly Method of drawing figures. Google Reilly Method for sample images. 
Portrait Photo Reference – Danny Santos. He is a photographer who takes amazing candid portraits of interesting people. His sites are excellent sources of drawing reference.     facebook/    Danny Santos Portraits-of-strangers, He describes in shooting Portraits of strangers how he approaches strangers and what he says. I found this inspiring and motivating.

Photo Portrait Tips to improve your look. (PHurley links also on “interesting portraits”)
These videos are excellent for posing portrait photography. He has many more on his YouTube page.
“It’s all about the Squinch!” Peter Hurley 
This YouTube talks about your eyes and how lightly squinting makes you look better!

“It’s all about the Jaw!”   Peter Hurley
This YouTube is about how to position your jaw. Forehead out-Jaw down
Peter Hurley’s web page has amazing portrait examples

Watercolor & Other Artistic Organizations and Groups.
Local groups of which I am a member:
Lake Superior Watercolor Society, I became a member of the LSWS in Spring of 2015. This group meets in Duluth, MN 9 mo/yr. A group of very skilled local artists.
Artists of Minnesota, I became a member of the AoM in 2016. This group has two membership meetings/yr. Members show in the Spring with demos and judged art show.
Arrowhead Art Club, I joined them in around 2010. This group meets the 3rd Monday, 9 months/yr in Carlton MN. An open painting group that paints in all mediums. Doors open at 9AM and a demo at 2PM and members meeting to follow.

In Bagley MN  Bagley Area Arts Collaborative Home page.  On Facebook bagleyareaartscollaborative

National groups of which I am not a member (yet):
Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA)
National Watercolor Society
American Watercolor Society