Monday, December 19, 2011

"Workshop" Painting in Southern France

"The Architecture of Light" Thomas W Schaller 17-27 May 2012 : Le Vieux Couvent; Frayssinet

My upcoming workshop in beautiful southern France for next May is filling, but some spaces still remain. Check out the links below, and I would love to see you there! All my best for the holidays, Tom

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

3rd Annual Watermedia Showcase Competition

Watercolor Artist Magazine has just announced the winners of their 3rd Annual Watermedia Showcase Competition and I'm very honored to be included.
See them all in the February 2012 Issue.

"ponte fabricius - rome"
17X23 inches
watercolor on paper
march 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

exhibition: "stepping over the line"

North American Watercolor Artists (NAWA) is pleased to announce our premiere exhibition in The United States at the Strathmore Mansion Bethesda, Maryland . 07 January - 04 February 2012


Opening Reception: Sunday, January 8, 2-4PM

Known for their forward thinking approach and unexpected points of view, NAWA members Kathleen Alexander, Carol Carter, Mark Mehaffey, Thomas Schaller, Nicholas Simmons and Keiko Tanabe, push boundaries and break through the traditional definitions and restrictions of media and artistic genres. Whether through the unique application of color, the subtle laying of media or the intimate focal point of subject, each artist delivers a forward thinking and unique viewpoint.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011


Be sure to check out the new site Watercolor-World on the web as well as directly on FaceBook.
Established by my colleague and friend Lars Kruse, Watercolor-World is an invaluable resource for watercolor artists around the world looking for information on upcoming workshops, exhibitions, books, dvds, etc.
by a growing number of professional artists.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

pilgrim's progress

pilgrim's progress
watercolor 40X27 inches
29 november 2011

based on the 17th century classic allegory, this is a non-religious reinterpretation based on its universal themes of struggle,enlightenment, and transition.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Southwest Art "Artistic Excellence" Award

Very grateful to have been selected as one the
13 winners of Southwest Art magazine's
"Artistic Excellence" competition - Dec. 2011 Issue

Thursday, November 17, 2011

granville street bridge

"from granville island - vancouver"
30X22 inches
11 november 2011

excerpt - "to brooklyn bridge"
hart crane - 1930

"Under thy shadow by the piers I waited;
Only in darkness is thy shadow clear.
The City's fiery parcels all undone,
Already snow submerges an iron year . . .

O Sleepless as the river under thee,
Vaulting the sea, the prairies' dreaming sod,
Unto us lowliest sometime sweep, descend
And of the curveship lend a myth to God."

Saturday, October 29, 2011

NWWS: Juror's Merit Award

Happy to learn that my painting "Italian Morning" was selected by John Salminen as winner of the "Juror's Merit Award" in the Northwest Watercolor Society's 2011 Annual Member's Exhibition: Seattle Design Center : October 24, 2011 – January 6, 2012

Sunday, September 18, 2011

International Artist: Oct / Nov 2011

I am really thrilled to have the cover image,
a great feature article, and demo in the
upcoming International Artist magazine.

Friday, September 16, 2011

new exhibit: asian influences - california art club

"The Architecture of Light" Tuscany -May 05-12 2012

"The Architecture of Light" with Thomas W. Schaller - 
Plein Air Watercolor in Cortona and Orvieto Italy 05 - 12 May 2012

For any of you thinking about joining me for my watercolor workshop in Tuscany in 2012, 

I am happy to let you know that a US$125.00 is offered as an enrollment discount if received by September 30, 2011. This is for both workshop participants as well as non-participating guests!
And on all enrollment received between October 1 through October 31, 2011 a US$100.00 discount is offered.

Please follow the link for details, or just be touch and I can help.  Hope to see you there!

All my best wishes,


Friday, September 2, 2011

II Bienal Iberoamericana de la Acuarela : Madrid

My painting "Piazza del Campo - Siena"
is the poster image for the upcoming watercolor Bienal in Madrid; 14-28 September 2011.
The group "North American Watercolor Artists"
(Carol Carter, Nicholas Simmons, Keiko Tanabe, Mark Mehaffey, Kathleen Alexander, and Thomas Schaller) will represent the United States.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

"from dartmoor"

"from dartmoor"
thomas w. schaller
18X24 inches
16 august 2011

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

workshop - italy

I would love it if you could join me in Italy next Spring!  My workshop schedule for 2012 is shaping up, and a particularly exciting one is being held on May 5-12 in Cortona, Italy.

Follow the link here for itinerary and sign-up info. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

watercolor demo

check out my latest watercolor demonstration at my facebook artist page:

"thomas w. schaller - watercolor artist"

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

summer workshop

i'll be visiting  my home state of ohio this summer and having
a three-day workshop with this really great group of artists.
if you're anywhere nearby, i would love to see you there!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Saturday, May 7, 2011

construction site : los angeles

construction site : los angeles
30X22 inches
watercolor on saunders paper

thomas w. schaller
06 may 2011

i was in downtown los angeles looking for an inspiring subject to paint -
wouldn't have guessed that it would be right there in the parking lot next to me.
the light here has been so brilliant lately - making for those deep, luminous shadows.

the objects might not be anything special, but the play of dark/light - sun / shade seemed
really outstanding to me.  
this is right off alvarado, next to macarthur park. 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

ponte fabricius - rome

The Ponte Fabricius is the oldest bridge in Rome that still exists in its original state. It spans half of the Tiber River, from the Campus Martius on the east side to Tiber island in the middle.
The bridge was built in 62 BC, to replace an earlier wooden bridge and was commissioned by Lucius Fabricius. Completely intact from Roman antiquity, it has been in continuous use ever since.


" ponte fabricius - rome"
18X24  inches
24 march 2011

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Daily Paintworks - Auction for Japanese Disaster Relief

I am donating my painting "Japanese Gardens at the Huntington" for a special auction being held at the Daily Paintworks site . They have created this auction in a unique effort to help in Japanese disaster relief.

Please follow the link below to view artworks for auction. Many artists are participating in this broad challenge to raise funds for the ravaged nation of Japan in such dire need for our assistance.

Many thanks to all of you who were generous enough to bid on my last painting. It is going to a great new home; and a substantial donation is being forwarded directly to the Japanese Red Cross.

All best wishes,

"Japanese Gardens at the Huntington"

Thomas W. Schaller
20X12 inches
watercolor; 2010

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

art auctions for japan disaster relief

a growing number of artists have joined to help with the ongoing efforts in japan.
my friend and colleague iain stewart has established a special site to highlight the
work of these painters

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Auction for Relief Efforts in Japan

13 March 2011

Thomas W. Schaller - Watercolor Artist

Even with spring making its way across the landscape here, our thoughts are never far lately from the enormous troubles facing the nation of Japan.

It is in this light – and following the lead of my friend and fellow watercolor artist Keiko Tanabe - that I would like to dedicate this edition of my newsletter to the ongoing relief efforts  in Japan by offering my painting  “Huntington Gardens” for auction here.
All proceeds from the winning bidder will be donated in full directly to the Japanese Red Cross.

To make a bid, contact me via email  - .  Please begin at U.S. $200 and bidding will close at midnight Friday, 18 March 2011.  The winner will be contacted via email shortly thereafter.

As individuals, we can often feel helpless in light of such a disaster, but by joining forces through our art , we can hope to make some small difference. 

With appreciation,

"Huntington Gardens"
Thomas W. Schaller
24X18 inches
March 2011


This painting was completed in my studio from a sketch done
on site in the beautiful Japanese gardens at the Huntington, near
Pasadena, California in March 2011.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

huntington gardens

huntington gardens 3
24X18 inches
05 march 2011

huntington library
22X30 inches
03 march 2011

recent blogs and interviews

Just wanted to mention two  blogs that should be of interest to painters in watercolor everywhere - well worth bookmarking:

Konstantin Sterkhov : Konstantin was kind enough to interview me recently for his fascinating blog on practitioners of watercolor. And although I'm very happy to be featured, the vast range of artists he features is extremely impressive.

Fernando Pena:  This blog is really indispensable reading for anyone at all interested in watercolor arts.  My friend and colleague Fernando applies his considerable creative energies to featuring an extremely wide range of artists - past and present - artists' materials, and techniques.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

my way home

"my way home"
thomas w. schaller
24X18 inches
18 february 2011

there are times when we find ourselves searching for our place in the world - for a place we can call "home". this can be a physical location; or sometimes, just a state of heart or of mind. 

and as is often the case, the real story is told not so much in where we happen to wind up - but in how we struggled to get there.

i wish you all a safe and pleasant journey.


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Northwest Watercolor Society :71st Annual Exhibition

Great to be included in the Northwest Watercolors Society's 71st Annual Exhibition
with my painting:

"Royal Crescent - Bath, England"
30X22 inches - Dec. 2010
Thomas W. Schaller

 Exhibition opens 21 March 2011 at Mercer View Gallery: Mercer Island, Washington

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

piazza de campo - siena

piazza del campo - siena
30X22 inches
12 january 2011

it would be impossible to choose a favorite spot in italy,
but this piazza - one of the great outdoor living rooms 
in all of europe - is very near the top of the list.