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New watercolors. Surprise (seriously, I need to slow down a little)

UNC Old Well artwork.  Watercolor painting of Old Well on UNC Chapel Hill campus.
UNC Old Well painting. University of North Carolina Old Well fine art watercolor painting- Chapel Hill, NC.

Just in time for graduation (and the recent NCAA March Madness tournament- I have been working on a bunch of UNC Old Well and Duke Chapel watercolor paintings.

Duke University artwork.  Watercolor painting of Duke Chapel, Durham NC.  Duke Blue Devils artwork
Duke Chapel 11×15″. Original sold but I have another version similar to this one available. Prints always available in different sizes.
Dog portrait.  Painting of dog.  Dog commission watercolor painting by Ryan Fox.
Colorful dog artwork. Watercolor painting of dog colorful wall art dog portrait painting watercolor canine art

I have recently wrapped up a few of my Beginning Watercolor and Watercolor. Again! classes in Wake Forest and Cary. I am still teaching in Durham and Raleigh.

I take my summer’s off so I can work on some big personal pieces. Teaching 4 days a week (6 classes) is great, but my studio has been neglected and has been gathering dust. Time to get back there and create some work!

I will be adding more classes in the Fall- waiting to hear back about schedules. Check out my Classes/Workshops page on my website for upcoming details.

Guanajuato Mexico artwork.  Watercolor painting Guanajauto Mexico
Baroque church in Guanajuato. Monochromatic artwork church in colonial city Guanajuato, Mexico. Black white artwork Guanajuato church artwork
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New artwork available- colorful watercolor paintings.

Stormy landscape painting. Watercolor painting of sun’s rays breaking through clouds landscape artwork water trees

Lots of new artwork available. These 11×15″ paintings on 140lb professional watercolor paper demonstrate a broad range of techniques, styles, and subjects. I am always pushing myself to create something new for my own personal artistic growth, and for students in my classes. Do they always turn out. No. Absolutely not- but there is nothing wrong with a “failed painting”. Every mistake is a chance to grow as an artist.

Colorful painting of whale and sperm whale swmming in ocean- nautical blue black watercolor painting whales ocean

Prints and originals are available online on my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/RFoxWatercolors

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Tulum and Chichen Itza, Mexico- watercolor paintings

Fine art watercolor paintings of Mayan ruins at Tulum and Chichen Itza. Watercolor paintings on YUPO synthetic (fancy name for plastic). Mayan inspired stamps created and added to texture of ruins and skies. All paintings sealed with UV Archival Finish. Unframed.

Step by step process of painting on YUPO. Watercolor original painting of Mayan ruins at Tulum created onYUPO Synthetic.

Painting watercolor on YUPO is a challenge. The “paper” can take hours to dry (depending on humidity levels) and you have ONE chance to layer on top of previous layers. If you go over a previously painted layer twice, all the color comes off and mixes with the layer you are creating.

Mayan ruins at beach of Tulum in Mexico. Watercolor painting of Mayan ruins in Tulum in Yucatan Peninsula- Mexico

However, since this is plastic, and all the color can be removed (even most staining colors) I created a series of Mayan inspired stamps and selectively removed shapes in the sky and temples. Once the details were created, the paintings were sealed with a UV Archival finish.

Chichen Itza artwork. Watercolor painting Chichen Itza Mayan ruins in Mexico

This is the first time I have ever used watercolor ground. Once the paintings were sealed I used a substance called watercolor ground on top of the paintings. This allowed me to go back into the painting and layer and darken areas without the fear of removing the previous layers. For example, I usually darken all the corners of my paintings to help draw the eye to the focal point.

All three paintings are available for purchase. Fine art prints are also available on my Shop.

Interested in seeing one of these paintings in person? My studio is open by appointment only- please contact before they have found new homes!