We’ve Never Seen Watercolors Look So Modern…

Julia Millay Walsh

I tend to think of watercolor as a very traditional art form… traditional in the sense that it would suit a classic Colonial home. Of course, people have been using watercolors in unusual ways for decades, but truth be told, I don’t often see many contemporary uses of the paints. Landscapes, yes. Wildlife, yes. Pretty, painted teacups, a resounding yes. But it suddenly hit me recently that there a lot of artists doing really cool modern things with the soluble paints. From folk-inspired portraits to Rothko-esque geometry to stylish banana leaves, the ladylike art has some serious edge. Scroll below to shop a few of my favorites.

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