Thomas Schaller watercolor paintings
Thomas W. Schaller, “Ponte Vittorio Emanuelle II — Rome,” 2019, watercolor, 15 x 22 in., Available from Manatee Art Center, Bradenton, FL, Studio from plein air sketch

In this weekly series Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote from the current issue.

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: “Ponte Vittorio Emanuelle II — Rome”

“It’s important to point out that while I like to have a general idea, a plan, for how I want my painting to proceed, the nature of watercolor is such that even the best plan is subject to change along the way,” he says. “And in fact, some of my best paintings are at least in part a product of a plan that went awry. With experience, we get more comfortable with this and in making quick adjustments as we go. Watercolor can never — and should never — be completely controlled; that is a large part of its appeal.”
— Thomas W. Schaller, “Clarity of Focus”

Read the full article in PleinAir Magazine, April/May 2020



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