Today, I’m thrilled to feature one of my absolute favorite artists who was an incredible inspiration to me when I started my watercolor journey and continues to be so today. These master class doodlewashes come to us from the brilliantly talented Thomas W. Schaller in Los Angeles, California (follow him on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Google+!). Or if you like, you can also visit his website for more of his amazing work!
Following a 20-year career in New York City as an architect and architectural artist, Tom now devotes himself full-time to fine artwork in the watercolor medium. He is a two-time recipient of the Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize , President Emeritus of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators, and a recipient of a Graham Foundation Grant.
“All art has some story to tell,” Tom says. “And in my work – far more than any specific object or space – it is the narrative of light that is always the focus. While I love to paint cityscapes and buildings, I have found that it is the often abstract dialogue between – and the collision of – the natural and the man-made worlds that makes the most compelling subject matter for me.”
“The fascinating ways in which buildings interact with the sky and the landscapes where they are placed, form countless surprising and beautiful compositions of positive and negative shapes – rich darks and sparkling lights.”
He has authored two books; the best-selling, and AIA award winner, Architecture in Watercolor, and The Art of Architectural Drawing. He is currently at work on his third book, The Architecture of Light – also the title of his recently released video and DVD series by F&W Media Group and Artist Network TV.
“As an architect,” Tom says, “I was trained in the strict Beaux-Arts methods of watercolor application; but as a fine artist, I have grown to love the integration of those formal techniques with the freedom of much looser, less controlled, and expressionistic methods. It is my goal to paint quickly, drawing on emotion and sense memory – finishing a painting all in one go. When finished, I like my watercolors to still look as if they are wet.”
Tom is also in great demand around the world as a leading instructor in the field of fine arts. His work has also been included in major exhibitions in Madrid, Turkey, Mexico City, South Korea, Vietnam, Columbia, and more. Examples of his work have recently been added to the permanent collection of the Tchoban Foundation’s Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin and the Pacific Arts Foundation in Newport Beach.
His work is collected world-wide and he has been profiled in a great many books, magazines, and other recent publications around the world. A Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society, and the Northwest Watercolor Society, Tom was also recently elected as Artist Member of the California Art Club, and is an active member of many professional arts organizations. He is also a founding member of the group North American Watercolor Artists.
“In many ways,” says Tom. “I see watercolor as a natural extension of the intuitive act of drawing. But rather than using a line formed by pen or pencil, in watercolor, I draw using shapes – shapes of value – shapes of shadow and light.”
You can find his books and DVDs by clicking here. Also, be sure to stay up to date with Tom by following him on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Google+! Thanks so much for being our guest today, Tom, and sharing your wonderful paintings with us! Your work is fantastic and you’re truly an inspiration in the watercolor community!