Authors: Colette Pitcher
Tags: #Art, #Techniques, #Watercolor Painting, #General
by Colette Pitcher
Watercolor Painting For Dummies®
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About the Author
translates her experiences and spirit into art that makes the viewer smile or pause to consider what often is taken for granted. “It is my goal to leave a person or place feeling or looking better after I left than before I came.” That goal is communicated through many levels, including art.
Growing up in Colorado, Colette always did art. When it came time to choose a career path, she tried to deviate from art because it was said a person couldn’t make a living at art. When the University of Northern Colorado’s communications media department was discontinued, she had enough art credits to graduate with a fine art degree a year early.
Her first job out of college was as a graphic designer at an engineering/architecture firm. Her next job was in art in New York City for a Fortune 500 company. She also worked for a well-known children’s author and designed video games in New York. While in New York, she lived at West Point and attained an MBA degree from the University of Long Island.
Upon returning to Colorado in 1986, she started the Art Department for companies that didn’t have one in-house. “I always was in the art department somewhere, and it just made sense.” In the ’90s, Colette purchased a 10,000-square-foot building in downtown Greeley, Colorado. Named the Showcase Art Center, LLC, she made a creative space and filled it with other great businesses and art studios. The Showcase encourages all artists to be their best. The Showcase Art Center is a great place to find art and supplies, framing, art-to-wear, piano lessons, art classes, and art studios. The Showcase advertises that people can “Buy art, make art, and be a work of art!”
Colette paints and also sculpts. Colette’s husband, Gary, owner of Dragon Casting, a bronze art foundry, is also a creative resource for making the impossible come true daily. Together the couple has installed many monumental bronze public artworks.
Colette has appeared on HGTV’s
. Look for
Art For Dummies
kits, which Colette illustrated for Loew-Cornell; there are eight kits in different media. She is a regular columnist for
magazine, and Colette is a signature member of the Colorado Watercolor Society.
This book is dedicated to you as an artist. The world is tough on artists. For some reason, people aren’t very complimentary or encouraging to those who pursue art as a career. You’ll have many days when you’ll want to give up. But keep at it. Persistence is the only way to win. One day the rejection slips will turn to acceptance letters. Artists are pitted against each other for every juried show, prize, and competition. We should encourage each other to share unique visions. Then we should appreciate them. If the whole world could learn to communicate through art, there would be no more war. Make a peace of art.
I want to thank Wiley Publishing for the opportunity to share my world of watercolor with others in the world. If everyone painted, the world would be a better place. How wonderful if we could all communicate through art using paint and paper. No more war would be allowed either. Countries would express ideas through art and not guns. I think everyone should make this his goal. I still believe in the tooth fairy, too.
A 320-page book was a huge undertaking. I’m usually a quiet person and that was a lot of words to write. My editor Kathleen Dobie constantly coaxed me to write more and elaborate more so that a beginner would feel comfortable with the material. Chrissy Guthrie continued to help where Alissa Schwipps left off. Mike Baker was the catalyst to the project and remained a shepherd through the process. Vicki Adang made sure the final edits were proper. What a team!
Personally, I thank my family for holding my hand through life: my parents, who made me in more ways than one, and my terrific husband, who makes all my dreams come true. My art family: the Greeley Art Association, my wonderful watercolor classes, and my business partners at the Showcase Art Center. All of you tolerated my whines and constant use of the laptop.
Mostly, thank goodness for beginning art students. It takes courage to make art.
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