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page 32), an almost-daily trek through the woods—on skis 
when in season—keeps his mind primed for inspiration.
• Hang with artist friends. Sometimes breaking 
through creative block can be as simple as having lunch. 
As our cover artist Kris Parins says, “Getting out of the stu-
dio to spend a few hours laughing, sharing enthusiasm and 
new opportunities, and giving and getting advice provide a 
break from the myopia that can happen after too many days 
without some kind of outside inl uence.” 
Parins’ sage advice is just one of several great strategies 
you’ll i nd for restarting—and maintaining—creative 
energy in “Stoking the Creative Fire” (on page 18). 
Hopefully, you already have all the inspiration you need to 
start your next painting, but if you could use a nudge, I hope 
you’ll i nd the perfect kick-start within these pages. WA
For artist Alvaro Castagnet, 
no visit to Paris is complete 
without a trip to the Musée 
d’Orsay to “soak in the 
masterpieces.”
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Happenings
resulting excitement generated by its 
success have made the artist want to 
continue exploring new avenues of 
expression. Although the 200-year-old 
tree in the painting was lost in a storm,
its magnii cence is preserved immor-
tally through the artist’s work. 
With so much exploration and curi-
osity in her spirit, Brotherton handles 
failing eyesight in good humor. Her 
message about the disease is one of 
hope. Her number one tip? “Don’t 
give up.” She explains that her periph-
eral vision is best, so she looks 
peripherally at her subject to memo-
rize it before she starts to paint.
Dallas-based artist Naomi Brotherton 
celebrated her 98th birthday this past 
April with a painterly coup, having 
completed a huge commissioned 
work—and a i rst acrylic painting on 
canvas for the artist. 
For 60 years, Brotherton has exem-
plii ed the quintessential artist and 
teacher. Even today, she continues to 
teach one class per month and never 
ceases to be excited about making art. 
Her passion and drive to paint enable 
her to continue, despite an advanced 
case of macular degeneration.
Brotherton’s acrylic painting of a 
chinquapin tree (shown above) and the 
 Her strength and ef orts have 
been rewarded. h is past year, the 
Southwestern Watercolor Society 
(of which Brotherton was president 
from 1967-68) designated its Best of 
Show prize as the Naomi Brotherton 
Award in perpetuity.
The Chinquapin Tree 
(acrylic on canvas, 4x6 ft.)
/ MAKING A SPLASH /
Naomi Brotherton
By Betsy Dillard Stroud
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Arctic Light [$35]
Escape to the Arctic Circle with author 
and painter David Bellamy, as he recounts 
his artful expeditions into the frozen wild 
via plein air painting escapades that will 
leave you feeling true awe and wonder. 
See excerpt on page 72.
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Prop-It Portable Tabletop Easel [$20]
Use this multipurpose artist’s tool as a 
small easel; to prop up an art 
instruction book (with page holders); 
hold your smart device for reference 
photos; or to
display a
sketchpad.
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Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly [$25]
Available in mid-September, 
this book covers the global 
humanitarian art installation 
by Ai Weiwei, in which the artist 
encouraged activists to send 
letters to prisoners of conscience 
around the world. In total, 92,829 
letters were sent.
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Acrylic Paint by Derwent 
Academy [$15]
U.K.-based company Derwent 
is offering a new line of art 
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Happenings
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David Story | Harvest Time | oil 16x48
/ WATERCOLOR WONDERS /
Lifetime Achievement 
inWatercolor
In an interview with Watercolor USA Honor Society newsletter 
editor, Christine Buth-Furness, Dean Mitchell said, “We all sit 
in solitary and rel ect on our lives at some point.” For Mitchell 
and fellow artist Don Lake, it’s been a lifetime of accomplish-
ment in a medium known for its unruliness and beauty. 
Mitchell’s childhood in the South during the civil rights 
movement, and his close relationship with his hard-working 
grandmother, kindled a i re in him to paint the inherent dig-
nity in his subjects. His portraits are famous for their subtle 
power and simplii ed palettes, so as not to detract from the 
subject. Likewise, his landscapes demonstrate both remarkable 
craftsmanship and emotional power.
Ironically, for realist painter Lake, his beginnings in art were 
inl uenced by a museum visit to see abstract expressionism. 
THE WATERCOLOR USA HONOR SOCIETY PRESENTS 
DEAN MITCHELL AND DON LAKE WITH LIFETIME 
ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS.
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LEFT
‘57 Airstream Caravanner 
(watercolor on paper, 20½ x28)
by Don Lake 
OPPOSITE
Highrise (watercolor on paper, 
15x11) by Dean Mitchell
After years working as a pro-
fessor and raising a family, 
Lake focused again on his 
own work, and his interest 
moved toward a representa-
tional approach. “Often 
people don’t know that to 
make something look real, it’s 
an ef ort in editing,” he told 
Buth-Furness. “It’s what you 
leave out, what you invent, 
how you move pieces around 
and how you treat it. If it isn’t 
challenging anymore, you’re 
not doing it right.” WA
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Anatomy of a Painting
Piazza di
San Marco
MAURICE BRAZIL PRENDERGAST gives a popular
Venice landmark a progressive color and
composition treatment.
By Jerry N. Weiss
p ainting with a sure anddelicate touch, Maurice Brazil Prendergast (1858-1924)
 was one of the best watercolor 
artists in America. Born in St. John’s, 
Newfoundland, Prendergast grew up 
and spent much of his life in Boston.
After working as a sign painter,
he moved to Paris in 1891 to study 
art. While in France, he became 
acquainted with work by the leading 
avant-garde artists of the period, 
among them Whistler, Vuillard, 
Bonnard and Cézanne. Prendergast 
was one of the i rst American artists 
to appreciate Cézanne’s signii cance.
In 1895, Prendergast returned to 
Boston, and spent the next few years 
drawing and painting in the city’s 
public spaces. In 1898, he traveled
to Venice, where he painted Piazza
di San Marco.
h e artist’s stay in Venice between 
1898 and 1899 yielded some of his 
i nest watercolors. Venice was a
popular site for visiting artists in
the late 1800s, many of whom were 
attracted to recognizable landmarks 
such as the Piazza San Marco. h e
artist painted multiple views of the 
site, but he was more interested
in composition and color than in the 
subject’s obvious tourist appeal. 
Piazza di San Marco is a great example 
of his ingenuity