SIA Inspiration: James McNeill Whistler 3.0

It’s again my turn to pick the inspiration for SIA, and I chose a watercolor by James McNeill Whistler, “Variations in Violet and Grey“:

This is the third Whistler we’ve featured in SIA, and the second I picked. As you guys know, I’ve been trying my hands at watercolor painting for a while now, and it struck me that watercolor is such a popular medium, yet I can think of no famous painter that mainly used watercolor (Egon Schiele is the only name that came to mind.) It’s probably because watercolor is not as long-lasting as oil paint, and it’s more suitable for quick sketches. Anyway, I went on the MET collection to see if I could find some watercolor paintings. There are quite a few sketches by Whistler and John Singer Sargent, but I picked this one because, despite being almost all neutral colors, there is still an incredible sense of life and movement in it, and because the scene reminds me of the market place I saw during my trips to Europe.

Send me your outfit photos (flat lays are welcomed too!) by next Monday, September 25th, if you want to participate. I’m looking forward to it!


2 Comments on “SIA Inspiration: James McNeill Whistler 3.0”

  1. Mike says:

    And you’ve been doing a great job with your watercolor paints Salazar. Keep it up! ūüôā

    Yes, I agree. Watercolor painting seems to be a very popular medium to use these days, but not as much as oil painting or even acrylic painting and probably for the same reasons that you mentioned. Acrylic is great (I used it a lot for my college art classes) but it dries quickly and is not easy to work with once it does. I hear that oil paint is a bit more forgiving, though I’ve never used it.

    I like this! It seems very simple in terms of detail, but you still get that general sense of action and movement of a busy town through the dabs of color.
    Hope to be able to participate in this one!

  2. […] as I said above, Salazar over on¬†14 Shades of Grey, hosted this SIA challenge, and she picked the painting,¬†Variations In Violet And Grey by¬†James […]


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