Friday, January 9, 2009

Alfred Ng-Master Watercolor Artist

Southern Magnolia, Watercolor
2009 (c) Alfred Ng

This is another in my series of My Favorite Artists. I discovered Alfred Ng a few years ago while searching the Internet for watercolor artists, and when I found his website, I lingered for a long time, viewing every single piece of work that he had published.

Alfred first became interested at the age of three while watching his neighbor practicing Chinese brush painting in Hong Kong. His family immigrated to Canada in 1973, and after receiving formal art training, Alfred realized how difficult it was to be a successful artist.

Alfred paints in Acrylics and Watercolor, and is also a photographer. His subjects include Architecture, Florals, and Landscape, and his skills as an artist just jump right out at you from the page.

I particularly love his floral paintings, as flowers often inspire me to paint. The Southern Magnolia is an excellent example of what inspires him, and how he has mastered the unforgiving medium of watercolor. The painting is so real, you feel like you could reach out and touch it, or stick your nose right up to it to see if there is any fragrance emanating from the flower.

I love the texture and soft shadows in the flower petals, and find myself warmed by thoughts of a beautiful summer full of light and life, particularly now as we are all surviving a fairly brutal winter here in Canada right across the country.

I hope you enjoy his work as much as I do, and take the time to linger on his website.

Visit the website of Alfred Ng.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Dave Ivey-Graphic Designer & Commercial Illustrator

Custer-(c) Dave Ivey
Crow Quill, Pen, Ink and Watercolor
On Illustration Board

Dave Ivey is another artist in my series of My Favorite Artists and has been a Graphic Designer and Commercial Illustrator for over thirty years. I discovered his work recently on Redbubble, and have become one of his newest fans ever since.

Dave's drawing skills are superb which I admire, as drawing I feel is the foundation of all good art. The better you are at drawing, the better your artwork will be as can be seen in the beautiful illustration of Custer above.

I also love the way that he leaves some areas unpainted, leaving it to the imagination of the viewer as to how it could look. I find this to be a very unique approach to visual imagery.

The wet on wet watercolor technique with the subtle blending and merging of colors also leads the imagination, and pulls the painting together in a masterful style.

Visit Dave Ivey's profile on Redbubble, and view more amazing works.
The image Custer is copyright Dave Ivey, permission to use in this post granted by the artist.

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