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.
One Kings Lane Orange and Teal Watercolor Diptych ($399)
“Transparent Petals” by Karin Johannesson ($85)
“Cut Watercolor Butterfly Collage” by Dawn Wolfe ($399)
“Untitled (Interior Space Study, Yellow)” by Richard O’Russa ($720)
Feeling inspired? Shop a few watercolor supplies below.
US Art Supply Watercolor Tube Artist Paint Set ($)