Edgar A. Whitney – An Archive Of Watercolor Paintings, Pictures and Instruction
Welcome to the Edgar A. Whitney Watercolor Archives! I established this blog a number of years ago in hopes of ensuring Whitney’s life and teachings dedicated to the medium of watercolor (and making art in general) might remain intact and accessible to new generations as time passed and interest in print media waned. As his friend and student Dr. Faber McMullen reminded me prior to his own unexpected passing the following year, Whitney’s impact was monumental to an era of painters and to the advancement of the medium. It is natural that trends change, leadership changes and much about a generation is lost. However, I feel personally that Whitey’s teachings were so succinct and refined that they will transcend time and trends if those in the future are willing to investigate them. What other book (The Complete Guide to Watercolor Painting / first conceived in 1958) is still printed regularly and appears in the online catalog of all major art suppliers?
Whitney students Frank Webb, Cheng Khee Chee, Naomi Brotherton, and Skip Lawrence were all inspirational in the development of this archive. In particular, Mr. Webb provided me with information and images from his personal collection as did Naomi Brotherton. Mysteries and holes remain for certain, regarding Whitney’s estate collection, workshopping logs, the whereabouts of hundreds of original paintings, and thousands of old photos must be still in the possession of former students or their families. The site has unearthed some interesting connections however, such as the fellow who currently lives in Whitneys old home in Queens, and did a web search on the former deed holder whom he heard was “an artist”. As more surfaces, I hope this site may continue to provide a forum for those who want to share findings.
Anything you feel may be worthy of a submission for consideration may be emailed to Bear Trail Studio, or directly from the contact link on the main menu.
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Hi Ed Whitney aficionados and researchers! It is apparent that this blog has been in “drydock” for a few years now, and I have recently received a few questions in this regard, is the site still active?, etc.
Well, yes and no. I have never waned in my continued interest in collectingread more
You can’t read much about Edgar Whitney without getting a taste of the Maine coastline; the visual rhythms created by boats, docks, sheds and water all creating a sort of colorful chaos for the plein air painter to decode with watercolor on paper. Blog reader (and now contributor) Leslie Frontz shares some images from her time with Ed Whitney in 1978 at the Biddeford Pool, and what she describes as a turning point that led to her painting career…. more about Leslie at http://www.frontzstudio.com/
Early one August morning, my husband and I loaded our car with my painting gear and headed east on a pilgrimage to Kennebunk. Like most rites of passage, this one inspired both hope and fear. I’d heard first-, second- and third-hand stories about Edgar Whitney’s “summer tours” from other artists.read more
In addition to my fascination with the medium of watercolor, I have always found the social dynamics of watercolorists unique and interesting. Especially, the origins of the watercolor workshop, plein air expeditions, and the energetic and creative atmosphere found in many of the workshops I haveread more
It came to my attention today that Dr. Faber McMullen, a past contributor to this blog and Baylor University benefactor had passed away in a tragic farm accident not long after the dedication of the Faculty Center and Art Museum that bears his name. I corresponded with Dr. McMullen, a former Ed Whitneyread more
(above: Booming Surf, Edgar A. Whitney) This blog title stems from a song by veteran blues-rocker Johnny Winter. Johnny performed recently in Asheville, NC, but after many hard years on the road does so sitting down now.read more
As an outdoorsman and Appalachian Mountaineer I have always held no small amount of pride in my ability to weather a good winter. However, with two full months now of serious snow shoveling I find cause to scream “Uncle” and, to think more and more aboutread more
In the midst of doing a bit of research on the Eliot O’Hara and Ed Whitney relationship and the early era of the east coast watercolor scene, I came across this interesting 1988 publication by Susan M. Anderson on <ahref=”http://www.tfaoi.com/aa/3aa/3aa23.htm”>Regionalism:read more
A while back Barbara Nechis (who needs no introduction to most watercolorists!) sent me the info and images below. My sincere apologies to Barbara for taking so long to get it on the blog. Her work has always been inspirational in clearly demonstrating one of Ed Whitney’s favorite adages: read more
Frank Webb recently shared two pieces of Ed Whitney Memorabilia from his personal collection of letters and images. The first, a Whitney letter in which Ed espouses on the virtues of Aldous Huxley as the result of a book gifted by Frank. As anyone who has carefully read Whitney’s writings canread more
A while back I began corresponding with a wonderful woman and watercolorist, Naomi Brotherton of Carrollton, Texas. Naomi has a long history as a fine painter, instructor, Whitney student and colleague. She has also been a majorread more