Hello watercolor art lovers, artists and art muses! It has been always a huge pleasure for me to share my painting technique and very personal perception of beauty and balance.
The diversity of watercolor techniques and styles tolerates many ways of expressing that perception. What matters to me is to have it expressed with confidence and individuality: confidence in abstracting beauty from everyday observations and individuality in balancing realism and fantasy in watercolors.
Short Art Bio
My name is Violeta Damjanovic-Behrendt. I was born in Serbia, where my family and some of my friends are still living.
I moved to beautiful Austria in 2006, where I have today my own family and more friends. I am holding a PhD in Information Technologies, which allows me to work as a full-time Senior Researcher in the area of cybersecurity. I am also a full-time mom of a boy who is a talented explorer of life. And I love tending to our garden and, of course, being creative in my painting studio.
I studied art at the private fine arts school of distinguished Serbian painter Sergej Jovanovic in Belgrade, and had various art life periods: from not touching brushes at all, to enjoying seven years of painting Byzantine Icons in the ancient egg tempera technique, occasionally painting in oil and experimenting with glass and silk painting.
My artworks were exhibited at the Palace of Princess Ljubica in Belgrade (2000, 2003), the Greeley Square Gallery in Manhattan, NYC (2002), the Epiphany Lutheran Church and the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Richmond, VA (2003), the Consulate General of Serbia in Salzburg, Austria (2010) and in a previous painting studio in Hallwang, Austria (2011).
In 2012, I shifted to watercolors! It felt like being a new born in the world of painting and I learnt how to play with water and pigments, how dilution affects chroma and lightness, vibrancy and color intensity, how to make paintings survive the paper’s wobbling motions, absorptions, cohesion, adhesion, etc. all in order to express things the way I wanted them. I tend to be rather on the side of allowing for painting surprises to happen and for this reason, I tend to start without sketching.
I like painting portraits on Fabriano Artistico 640 gsm, dancing and motion on Arches Rough 300 gsm, while for painting of still life compositions and animals I prefer Hahnemühle 425 gsm. For the colors, I’m using Schmincke Horadam, Winsor & Newton, Daniel Smith, and the French brand Sennelier.
While good quality watercolor paints and professional acid-free paper are a must in my technique, my selection of painting brushes is more relaxed.
It includes traditional Chinese ink brushes that can carry loads of water and pigments, plus some Da Vinci Kolinsky brushes, e.g. Harbin-Kolinsky 36Y and Maestro Kolinsky special inlaid liner brushes. I also like flat brushes, especially for the large format paintings that I cannot imagine without soaking the wide brushes in jars filled with diluted pigments.
The size of my paintings varies from small experimentations to large formats. Nature features highly for the subjects of my paintings, varying from animals and birds, to plants, portraits and motion. Cityscapes and landscapes are not my strong points, while abstract painting could occasionally pop up.
Sometimes I’m trying to classify my artworks according to the most dominant color in the painting. For this post, I decided to show you the use of reds.
My Online Presence
I have published one online tutorial on YouTube, which demonstrates my wet-on-wet watercolor approach.
A free preview of “Paws and Claws”, my self-published watercolor book from January 2014 is available here. I’m currently selling my artwork on Artfinder and SaatchiArt. You can get to know me better by following me at the links below! Wishing you a good time painting – enjoy!