Greetings all! My apologies for a dry spell in posting. Summer seems to have gone by at warp speed for me with the “art season” in full bloom here in Boone, N.C. I did my best to convert a few new Whitney followers during the Cheap Joe’s Annual Trade Show workshops and also gleaned
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.
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Dear Wes, Here is a piece of blog:
(Blogspot Photo and text by Frank Webb)
This image shows Ed’s gear used on location. The right side shows a masonite panel that sits on folding legs and is within reach of Ed from his seat on a 16 inches high campstool, At top center is his palette box that
Happy summer all! Its nice to feel a renewed sense of interest in our Whitney effort as we enter the prime workshopping season. I acknowledge having back-burnered the effort for a while myself…funny how a new one-year old daughter in our household seems to keep me off the computer and
With great pleasure I post this recent contribution from Michael Killela….
I thought I would share some of my personal interactions with Ed. Perhaps this might appear mundane but I believe my interactions with Ed revealed the true character of a great man and showed him always to be the teacher,
Ed Whitney would sometimes find an unattractive spot in a painting that he was critiquing. He would handle this by saying that the student should make something beautiful near the bad area so that attention would be directed there instead. To clarify this he would tell of the lady who had had a goiter
When I have mentioned this idea for an Ed Whitney web archive over the past few years some have thought it a great idea, a few have questioned my motivation, and a few more have replied Ed who? Skip’s take on the status of Ed in today’s watercolor world is that a growing number of workshop
Uncork the bottle and welcome to the inaugural post on the Ed Whitney Watercolor Blog! From the mid-1950’s until the early 1980’s Ed and his contemporaries laid the groundwork for a new generation of painters that in many ways remains unchallenged. “The Complete Guide to