While doing research for the eastern part of my Snake River Basin project I did a considerable amount of photography of the Grand Teton Mountains in western Wyoming. The images were crying out to be black ink paintings — so I did what was needed and the following eight 9″ X 12″ paintings are the results They are certainly some of our country’s most stunning mountains.
Below are eight new paintings for the Snake River Basin Project. They are from the eastern regions of the Snake River basin in eastern Idaho and western
Wyoming. (eight more paintings to go and the project will be complete!)
Below are six new paintings for the Snake River Basin Project. They are from the more northern regions of the basin in northern Idaho and eastern
While I have been working with watercolor for over thirty-five years, watercolor sketching is a relatively recent addition to my artistic pursuits. At the turn of the millennium I took a research trip to India to prepare for a series of paintings on my Buddhist Animal Wisdom Stories project and also to travel part of the Buddhist pilgrimage path for personal spiritual growth. For reasons I cannot recall, I decided I wanted to do watercolor sketches while I traveled. It was a rather unexpected desire as I had done very little pleine aire (open air) painting. Most of my work has been studio painting where I research and develop long series of carefully planned images. So, to sit out in the open and begin painting with no preconceived direction was quite out of my character and experience.
Mark W. McGinnis
Addendum: This new edition of Watercolor Sketching is ten years after the first. In those years much has occurred. I retired from university teaching in 2006. I taught my final watercolor sketching class in the Black Hills of South Dakota in 2012. I have made few changes in the text of the book, but changed many of the paintings used and added a section of student sketches. It is my hope that this little book can continue to help some people in their watercolor adventure even though my active teaching has ended.
Mark W. McGinnis
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