Watercolor Artist

The Four Elements of Watercolor

Keiko Tanabe and Thomas W Schaller are two of today’s leading watercolorists. Their paintings are held in notable private and public collections, they exhibit globally and, as instructors, they have followers worldwide. Here, Tanabe and Schaller share their experiences with and understanding of watercolor’s essential materials.


“I expect pigments to be pure and vibrant on paper and to contain no fillers,” says Tanabe. “Permanence and lightfastness are equally important so that pigments don’t fade over time or when exposed to light.” She advises

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