Edgar A. Whitney – An Archive Of Watercolor Paintings, Pictures and Instruction
Welcome to the Edgar A. Whitney Watercolor Web Log. This site has been established as a service to all watercolorists and aspiring painters. Edgar Whitney (1894-1987) was undoubtedly one of the most impactful and charismatic watercolor instructors of all time. There are countless Whitney students, friends and admirers still among us, and now is the time to share and document these experiences for our future painters.
How You Can Participate in This Site!
A key purpose of this site is to accrue content from those that studied with, traveled with, and best knew Ed Whitney. Your stories, photos and other relevant info that you are willing to share is appreciated.
By posting comments (see the comment link at the bottom of each post)
By emailing contributions for authors to consider for posts / email Wes Waugh
By sharing / emailing photos that you would like to have posted in the album
All content shared is solely for the purpose of this archive and will not be used for commercial or other non-relevant purposes, your contribution will be acknowledged with a caption or reference unless you choose otherwise (you may choose your level of disclosure on the site re: your contributions).
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