Sunday, March 22, 2015

"Stormy Road to Newcastle"

"Stormy Road to Newcastle" Northern Ireland Thomas W Schaller - Watercolor 15x22 inches 22 March 2015 On my trip to Northern Ireland last year, I was looking forward to being bowled over by the beauty I'd always imagined I'd see in the legendary Mountains of Mourne ( where the "Mountains Sweep Down to the Sea" as the song goes ). And I was - but more so than I ever could have imagined. And the overpowering beauty, energy, and majesty of the ever-changing sky was a revelation. Never have skies seemed so alive to me - as if they were always trying to talk to me - to tell me something. And every day since - I believe they did. So inspiring and amazing they were. Driving toward Newcastle this day - I had to stop and just try to take it all in. I still am.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Facade Study in Warm and Cool

"Facade Study in Warm and Cool" Thomas W Schaller - Watercolor 18x13 inches on Fabriano Artistico 16 March 2015

Saturday, March 14, 2015

"Kitchen - Castle Beynac; France"

"Kitchen - Castle Beynac" Thomas W Schaller - Watercolor 18 x 13 inches 03.14.2015

Italy - Summer 2015

Lots of time in Italy this year - never a bad thing! I'm very happy to be exhibiting and presenting at the IWS Exhibition; Fabriano In Acquarello, and The Festival Internazionale in Sperlonga in May. Then in June, teaching in Rome for the Associazione Romana Acquerellisti. A few sample attached. Can't wait!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Whistler's Nocturnes

James McNeill Whistler - a few of his magical Nocturnes. Lots to love and lots to learn here.

Friday, March 6, 2015

"Listening to your Paintings"

"Listening to Your Painting" Is there a better feeling as an artist than when you find yourself lost inside the world of your painting as it unfolds in front of you? Everything seems to be happening as it should, but it’s as if you are not even painting it! Yet somehow the thing appears - as if by magic. Of course when this happens (and it does not always!) it is not magic; but it does feel magical. And it is at those times when I feel most alive - when I exist completely in the moment of creation - no worries about the past and no fear of the future. All that matters is what is happening at that very moment in the world of the painting. Then I feel beyond time and space - outside myself, and completely at peace. I am untouchable. My choices and reactions are the ones that have come from somewhere beyond thought and effort. Rather they spring from something more direct and honest, more emotive and pure. I’m always asking my groups - and myself - "not to paint whatever it is that inspires us - but rather to try to paint the inspiration itself". Fancy words, but what do they mean? Well, for me, if I am stopped in my tracks by a particular sight or scene and suddenly "feel a painting coming on”, I think it’s important to remember that the painting I will do will not be a copy of whatever that sight or scene is - but rather my interpretation, my reaction, to that sight or scene. Because if there is any art to be found, it is only there. And so with little more than my basic idea and an overall plan of shapes and values in mind, I begin. And this is where my thinking stops and my feeling takes over. I then just have to trust myself enough to let my instincts lead the way. And as I paint, I am informed - and my painting is shaped - by my emotional response to the scene that inspired me - not by the specifics of the actual scene itself. In fact, once the painting begins, the actual scene fades in importance as it is in the world of my painting that I now live entirely. Given this, I am very open to the possibility that my plan may - and will - shift as I proceed….. All paintings have a mind of their own. So its great to be able to let “mistakes” happen and decide on the fly if they are good or not. Most often, when they happen (and they will), you learn to recognize immediately that they are often “just what the painting wanted” and you see them not as mistakes, but as advantages that could have never been planned. Memory and instinct silently guide us to make choices our mind could never imagine. Learning to shut off the world, turn down the volume in your mind, and “listen to your painting” is really just another way of saying that you are learning to trust yourself and hear only your own unique artist’s voice at last. That - and your painting - very often know what is best. My painting "Fog on the Tiber - Rome" from last year is of real things in a real place - but is much more about how I felt and reacted to those things - that place - on that day.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Watercolor Sketch - French Cottage

Another take on this one - but this time around , a quick one hour sketch in tone and color only. Decided to call the pencil version done. "French Cottage" Thomas W Schaller - Watercolor. 20x14inches 04.03.2015

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Interview - One Drawing Daily

Really grateful to Thomas Dalsgaard Clause for this terrific interview he did on me and my work for his blog "one drawing daily" - be sure to follow him there - and everywherehttp://onedrawingdaily.com/2015/03/03/interview-with-watercolorist-thomas-w-schaller

Monday, March 2, 2015

Drawing - French Cottage

Just felt like drawing today - May or may not add color to this .... Can't quite decide just yet -) "French Cottage" in progress - Graphite on paper Thomas W Schaller 02 March 2015

"Vicars' Close - Wells"

"Vicars' Close - Wells" Thomas W Schaller - Watercolor 18x24 inches 01 March 2015