THE ART OF WATERCOLOR
WINSLOW HOMER & THE COUNTRY GIRL
I will live by my watercolors.
During the summer of 1878, American master Winslow Homer (1836-1910) created a series of bucolic scenes inspired by his stay at Houghton Farm in New York state, Although did he tend to romanticize life in the country? For instance would The Milk Maid above likely be wearing such a stylish pink dress to trek up into the fields? Yet, then again, she could be in danger; notice the bull looming just behind her.
Homer was also perfecting his skills as a watercolorist during this period, working in a medium that would become critical in his development as an artist. Allowing him a greater range of expression, especially in the use of vibrant color and light, whether depicting rural landscapes, New England seascapes, or even the dense forests of the Adirondack Mountains.
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Take an excursion of discovery with another American artist Georgia O’Keeffe in Through an Artist’s Eyes: Learning to Live Creatively.