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I am a watercolor painter and illustrator who likes to work directly from life.
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A watercolor kit is easy to carry around. Painting takes less time than drawing to capture a moment, and when the work is good, it invites the viewer to meet it half way and fill in details that are only indicated. I had a great teacher, Mario Cooper, at the Art Students League in New York City. He said many things that I remember and try to employ. Three of the best were "Leave em hungry, kid." and "Let them finish it with their eyes." and above all, "Keep it simple".
In addition to the paintings, I have uploaded all too revealing photos and videos of animals in a crumbly old apartment that crowd, cost and richen our lives.
I am married to David Millman. He takes haunting, gorgeous black and white photographs at night using only available light. He prints them himself in a converted "maid's room" in our apartment and barely shows them to anyone. Someday I will scan some to show you.
My brother, Eddie Watkins, takes beautiful photographs too, and has a Flickr site: www.flickr.com/photos/33896985@N02/ He really connects with people of all kinds and it shows in his work.
All images here are copyright protected. Please contact me before using them in any way. I donate work to many causes and applications, but do not like things to be used without my knowledge or permission. I make my living from the images I create. If you don't have any work available to see, or any profile information and simply fave my images, I will likely block you. Just write to tell me your intention.
- JoinedApril 2007
- HometownNew Yorker born in Pittsburgh, PA
- Current cityNew York City
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Well, I consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to say something about Anne Watkins. Though we’ve never met in person - and, admittedly, I savor the prospect of that changing - being a true New Yorker, I know Anne will be in person what I see electronically: transparent and forthright, energetic, intellig… Read more
Well, I consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to say something about Anne Watkins. Though we’ve never met in person - and, admittedly, I savor the prospect of that changing - being a true New Yorker, I know Anne will be in person what I see electronically: transparent and forthright, energetic, intelligent, witty, sympathetic, and infused with grace. In many ways she is a strong light, and that doesn’t happen without courage and resolve, too. Strong lights do not extinguish easily. Most good artists are as sweet as kids on the inside but as fiery and intractable as dragons when anything precious is threatened. Like my mother was, Anne is a teacher. I love teachers, especially good ones. The good ones teach out of love, not necessity or ego. The good ones give boundlessly because that‘s all they know. If you knock at their door in need you will find yourself, without contract or lease, occupants of their hearts. Though it’s an antiquated notion, I think that art is a noble and inspirational undertaking, and when done properly the artistic fruit does not fall far from the tree. And so you will find those things in Anne’s work, too: in the technical mastery and thorough virtuosity, in the good sense that underlies the subtleties and complexities, and in the aspiration that constantly grasps for excellence. You will find humanity, too, and evidence of our familiar world handled with respect, care, and empathy. You wouldn’t be reading this if you hadn’t had the pleasure of encountering her and her art already. So you have already sensed there is joy here, too.Read less
What a delight to learn you are a Flickr artist as well as the brilliant watercolorist we have known for years. I went to your watercolor site and it is stunning! Thank you SO much for adding me as a friend. These photos are marvelous and enchanting, each one. Happy Summer to YOU! Love, CHG