Karin Johannesson & The Water Color Trend

Posted on 11/20/2013

We are very excited to introduce our new water-colour artist - Karin Johannesson. Karin was born and raised in Waterloo, Ontario and has been drawing and painting all her life. A self trained artist – she is guided by instinct and uses the water-colour medium in bold and unconventional ways.  Her process is spontaneous and intuitive; she likes to work quickly and to complete her paintings in one or two sittings.

Karin is inspired by the artistic talents of her young sons, as well as traditional Asian art, minimal abstract art, and popular culture. She is excited about the renewed popularity of watercolour in today’s art world.

In the last few years we've seen the gloriously luminous water colour look gaining in popularity; it is currently one of the biggest trends of 2013 – and its growing momentum will surely catapult it into 2014 and onwards. The medium of water-colour is light and ethereal. Its washy, translucent nature gives it a Zen like, other worldly quality.  Of all the painting mediums it is perhaps the most fickle and eccentric one - part of its beauty lies in that it is both clearly an extension of the human hand and a certain amount of measured chance.   Whereas oil or acrylic paint essentially stay where they are placed and dry more or less in the same way they were applied – water colour is different. Because water is the active ingredient – a masterful painter works with the unpredictability of the medium and its relationship to pigment and paper. In an era that is becoming increasingly digitalized, the popularity of the water-colour technique confirms our attachment to and love of things that are NOT a product of digital technology.