I have been making an effort to turn the camera on when I am painting in the studio. It’s so easy to forget to do this but with the help of a photography C-Stand and arm I am dedicated to keeping this set up as a reminder to document my creative process.
Here is a recent landscape begun in my Watercolor Again! class at Sertoma Arts Center in Raleigh. In these classes we explore a lot of different techniques and colors. There is SO much you can do with watercolor. The landscape painting is a multi-layered ying-yang painting (which means I am constantly adding and subtracting color as I layer). This was created with a combination of wet-into-wet, wet-on-dry, removing color with nibs and razor blades, and using masking fluid. Whew.
Here is the finished painting. The original handmade artwork and fine art prints are currently available:
Lots of new opportunities to buy artwork- original paintings, prints, and cards
Join me at an upcoming art market for a selection of prints, small unframed originals, and cards. Great market deals only available during the market.
In addition, my studio at Anchorlight will be open on December 2nd from 4-7pm. Anchorlight (the entire building(s)) are only open to the public twice a year. I have TONS of original artwork available. Framed and unframed paintings. Give the gift of original art or treat yourself!
I hope to see you at one of these events! Happy holidays.
Colorful watercolor painting frog nursery decor, fine art wildlife painting frog trendy wall art giclee (print)
Purchase art to download. You download the digital file and print at your convenience. No damaged prints in mail (actually, that rarely happens because I packed things very carefully) or lost/delayed mail (that happens but isn’t my fault :)).
Watercolor painting crab ocean animal artwork, kids room trendy wall art handmade home decor crab giclee print
Purchase individual images or sets of 3-4 different digital files in different sizes (2×3, 3×4, and 4×5 frame ratios).
I will be downtown for the Artsplosure Art Event. With an average of 54k attendees- Artsplosure is one of the most popular art markets in the South. I have a large collection of original paintings (unframed and framed) available. Stop in early before they are gone.
Artsplosure is Sat. and Sunday
May 20, 2023 (11AM – 7PM) May 21, 2023 (10AM – 6PM)
Join me at Boot D22 on Fayetteville St.
Though I won’t be there is person, my studio at Anchorlight will also be open to the public. This event only happens twice a year. Come see where I get (most) of my work done. There will also be a ton of artwork on the walls- framed and unframed. I will also have a selection of prints available at great prices.
I will be teaching a lot of batik classes this year. Yeah, another chance to blow fuses where I teach (I have learned a lot about electricity though, and rarely trip fuses anymore) :).
Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom) fine art watercolor painting-Germany. Watercolor painting of Berlin Cathedral Germany art Watercolor batik painting on rice paper of sun’s rays shining through forest
This technique uses wax, irons, hair dryers, extremely delicate Japanese rice paper (several types), and the audacity to crumble the entire painting into a ball at the end to get more cracks in the wax.
I hope you can join me at an upcoming workshop. I provided step-by-step instruction for students, talks on color, composition and more. You too can create a watercolor batik.
It’s been a while since I have traveled to Peru but I wanted to highlight a selection of my Machu Picchu paintings available. I still have the originals from two separate trips to the ruins as well as fine art prints in various sizes.
Fine art watercolor painting of Incan ruins of Machu Picchu framed by Incan doorway and mountaintop of Huayna Picchu- Sacred Valley, PeruFine art watercolor painting of Incan ruins of Machu Picchu- Sacred Valley, Peru. Watercolor paper stretched on canvas bars.
The photographs were all shot when I was a professional photographer. My first visit to the Incan ruins lasted five days. The second time I was there for three. Both times I climbed Huayna Picchu (big mountain) behind the UNESCO World heritage ruins- a slightly terrifying trip since there were little to no guardrails.
One misstep and you’d be monkey food several thousand feet below.
These paintings are a combination of different watercolor techniques- watercolor pouring, mouth atomizing, charging, and more.
The Sacred Valley was amazing- wonderful people, interesting food (guinea pig isn’t too bad and alpaca was quite tasty), and amazing sites- landscape, ruins, and more.
Check out my website to purchase original paintings or fine art prints in various sizes. I personally hand-sign each print/painting and they are securely shipped with tracking and insurance .
Have you wanted to sell reproductions of your work online? Join artist and photographer Ryan Fox for a workshop on ways to sell your work beyond in-person markets and shows. This workshop is for artists who want to sell originals/reproductions via online marketplaces, print-on-demand sites, & stock image companies.
Discussions will include:
The pros and cons of various print-on-demand companies and what to look for when choosing one.
How to compare online marketplaces like Etsy, Amazon Handmade, and others.
How to properly describe and keyword your images so your artwork will be found by interested buyers.
How to funnel traffic to your online shops using social media.
We will not have time to cover the details of how to digitize your artwork, but we will cover the details of how to sell your work once it is digitized.
This class is for photographers and artists who want to sell their work online.
Much of this class material is covered in the discussions and participant experience will drive the material. For this reason, recordings of this event will not be sent out after the event. In-person attendance will benefit you the most.
Ryan Fox is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society as well as 6 state and regional societies- Northeast, Georgia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and North Carolina (NEWS, GWS, IWS, PWS, MOWS, WSNC). Ryan has won awards in The American Watercolor Society (AWS), Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, Missouri Watercolor Society, Georgia Watercolor Society (GWS), and Watercolor Society of North Carolina juried shows. His work has been featured in Watercolor Artist Magazine, Art of Watercolour, and Splash 15, 16, 19 & 20 hardcover books published by F+W Media. His instructional DVDs are marketed by Creative Catalyst Productions. You can view more of his work on his site here: https://rfoxphoto.com/
(Amsterdam Batik featured in Watercolor Artist Magazine- on newsstands now)
I’m honored to have won Second Place in this year’s Watermedia Competition. Chosen from 1000s of entries, my watercolor batik on Japanese rice paper of Amsterdam is currently featured in a 5 page article of Watercolor Artist Magazine.
In the article I talk about how watercolor has a mind of it’s own (it does). I begin a painting with an idea, an idea that quickly morphs into something else due to the mixing of color and gravity. As an artist, I embrace these unexpected surprises.
Interested in learning how to create batik watercolors? Join me for a batik workshop. I have several scheduled in the Raleigh, NC area and am willing to travel if any art groups are interested. Please contact for further info.
Icelands Diamond beach at Vatnajökull National Park. Iceland glacier and icebergs floating into sea at sunset watercolor batik painting Iceland home decor
Watercolor Workshop at Anchorlight Studios near downtown Raleigh. Learn how to create amazing watercolors by pouring color. This is a wonderful technique that will teach you a lot about how colors mix in watercolor.
Taught by artist Ryan Fox. Ryan Fox is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society as well as 6 state and regional societies- Northeast, Georgia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and North Carolina (NEWS, GWS, IWS, PWS, MOWS, WSNC). Ryan has won awards in The American Watercolor Society (AWS), Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, Missouri Watercolor Society, Georgia Watercolor Society (GWS), and Watercolor Society of North Carolina juried shows. His work has been featured in Watercolor Artist Magazine, Art of Watercolour, and Splash 15, 16, 19 & 20 hardcover books published by F+W Media. His instructional DVDs are marketed by Creative Catalyst Productions.
All pouring supplies provided (paper, bottles, masking fluid, brushes). Bring your normal watercolor supplies
More details: https://rfoxphoto.com/watercolor-pouring-workshop-breathtaking-artwork-by-pouring-watercolor/
New watercolor classes! I have only offered these once in the Raleigh area since COVID.
(Watercolor batik class at Anchoriight Studios in Raleigh NC)
Join me to learn two exciting watercolor techniques- pouring watercolor and watercolor batik. 2 day art technique workshops at Anchorlight Studios near downtown Raleigh, NC.
With an emphasis on design and planning, you will learn the technique of pouring diluted watercolor directly on paper. Pouring creates a wide range of colors and creates amazing blending effects. Through instructor demonstration, you will learn about masking, wetting techniques, using gravity to mix your limited palette, and preserving the transparency of your layers. Additional texture will be created using the mouth atomizer. You’ll choose your own subject matter: still life, landscape, architectural, floral, or portrait. All levels welcome, including first-time watercolorists.
Learn a new painting technique using the batik method with watercolor. Watercolor batik is the process of using traditional watercolor paint and wax to create unique and beautiful batik-style paintings on Japanese rice paper. This process is similar to the age old technique where melted wax is applied to fabric as a resist and then the fabric is dipped in dye.
Students will begin the process with a drawing and then learn to create highlights and shadows, as well as how to mask areas of the project with wax.
This class is suitable for both beginner and experienced painters with little or no watercolor experience. Artists will create a 12×16” batik painting in the class.
Irons, electric skillets, newspapers, wax, and brushes for applying wax will be provided. Artists will need to bring watercolor paints, brushes, and suitable clothing (wax does drip and sometimes ends up on clothing).
Artists can use reference photographs provided for their drawings or are welcome to bring a high contrast photograph or line drawing to transfer to rice paper.
(IIcelands Diamond beach at Vatnajökull National Park. Iceland glacier and icebergs floating into sea at sunset watercolor batik painting Iceland home decor
All batik and pouring supplies included in price- you do not have to worry about ordering the supplies! Simply bring your normal watercolor supplies.
Anchorlight Semi-Annual Open House. 1401 and 1407 S. Bloodworth St. near downtown Raleigh. Anchorlight opens it’s doors twice a year to the public (by appointment otherwise). Join my studio in the buildings. Lots of new artwork on the walls and bins. Unframed and framed paintings.
There is construction on the surrounding streets- you might have to take a side road, but we will be open and you can reach our parking lot.
The Anchorlight address is 1401 and 1407 S. Bloodworth St. Raleigh, NC 27610
Boylan Art Walk on December 4th from 12-5pm. Join me on the porch at 400 S. Boylan St. for a selection of original artwork (at great prices) and fine-art reproductions. The streets around Boylan Heights will be full of all types of art: painting, jewelry, ceramics, and much more. Start and end your holiday shopping at the Artwalk and help small businesses.
Domes of St. Nicholas and skyline of downtown medieval Amsterdam, Netherlands at sunset.
Landed in Raleigh after returning from a wonderful week with the Watercolor Art Society of Houston (WASH) and received this email:
Congratulations, Ryan! I’m very pleased to inform you that your painting, Amsterdam Skyline, has won Second Place in this year’s Watermedia Showcase competition. In recognition of this, you’ll receive a prize award of $____ + free Artists Network Membership for 1 year ($__ value). Our competitions manager will be reaching out to you about the prizes sometime in the next month or so. In addition, your winning painting and your artwork in general will be the subject of a full-length feature article in the Spring 2023 issue of Watercolor Artist magazine.
I am honored. I have entered this competition numerous times and always assume I am throwing my $40 bucks away every time. What do I know? It just shows that you cannot win (or lose) unless you try.
This painting is currently available (unframed) at Studio 1407-5 at Anchorlight. You can see it in person on December 3rd for our bi-annual Open House.
The City of Raleigh is doing a ton of sewer line construction in the area. Don’t worry- you can get to the studio but some of the surrounding streets may be closed. We WILL be open and you can park in our parking lots on 1407 S. Bloodworth.
See you soon. I will have a lot of new artwork available in the studio (framed and unframed). This is the perfect time to purchase art from a real living artist.
Centerfest returns this weekend! Join me at my booth for a (hopefully) beautiful weekend. Lots of new artwork available for sale- original paintings (framed and unframed) as well as a selection of prints and cards from around the world.
Dandelion fine art watercolor painting. Floral watercolor artwork Dandelion flowers in vase.
Come to beautiful downtown Durham this weekend as Centerfest takes over the streets. 100+ vendors. Music. Tons of great artwork.
Puffin fine art watercolor painting. Watercolor painting Puffin Iceland bird artwork (print)Watercolor painting of water tower on the American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham, NC at sunsetUNC Old Well painting. University of North Carolina Old Well fine art watercolor painting- Chapel Hill, NC.
The Durham Arts Council is bringing the 47th Annual CenterFest back to Downtown Durham. CenterFest is the longest-running juried outdoor arts festival in North Carolina. CenterFest boasts juried visual artists from near and far, great entertainment, lots of food and fun, and educational activities for kids. Downtown Durham’s vibrant city center district, CenterFest performers, artists, and visitors will enjoy a setting filled with restaurants, shops, and studios: a perfect space for an event that will bring 30,000+ visitors over the weekend. CenterFest 2022 will include several performance stages showcasing music, dance, street performers, and community groups. Bring the family, bring your friends, bring the neighborhood!
See you downtown! If you can’t make it this weekend you are always welcome to stop by my studio at Anchorlight (1407 S. Bloodworth St. Raleigh 27610).
Join me at booth #10 inside City Market in downtown Raleigh. Pick up some art for your home/office. Prints available in various sizes. Buy 2- get the 3rd FREE. Cards also available.
UNC Old Well painting. University of North Carolina Old Well fine art watercolor painting- Chapel Hill, NC.Sunset over canals and medieval architecture of Venice, Italy. Watercolor painting Venice Italy gondola boats church architecture sunset.Mist covered landscape painting with buildings. Landscape watercolor painting fine art land
Lots of parking nearby on Moore Square and Davie St. Come out and enjoy all the other artists, jewelry, crafts, foods, and beverages by local vendors. Support local artists and makers.
St. Paul’s Cathedral at night in the city of London, England. Watercolor painting LondonStatue of Liberty in New York Harbor at sunset- New York City, USA. Watercolor painting Statue Liberty artwork
Lots of new artwork available online. Check out my online SHOP. Free shipping (domestic US) for prints and originals. Quarter sheet (11×15″) original watercolor paintings. One of a kind artwork created using the magic of watercolor.
These paintings are all watercolors using a variety of techniques- pouring watercolor, dropping pure colors next to each other (kiss technique), scratching to create details (with a bit of dry-brush to also suggest architectural detail), and more.
Squirrel sitting on branch. Squirrel outdoors landscape artwork fine art watercolor squirrel wildlife animal painting
These paintings were all begun as demonstrations for my watercolor classes in the area- Wake Forest, Cary, Raleigh, and Durham. I am always trying to teach my students something different and we cover a lot of ground in my classes– layering, color theories, exploring different ways to mix colors, and much more.
Boats racing in regatta. Sailing boats tacking around buoy in sailing regatta- nautical artwork colorful painting water
Eagle watercolor painting bald eagle colorful wall art bird trendy wall decor bright interior desing painting
Yes, summer is over. I had all the intentions in the world to get into the studio and work on a bunch of paintings.
I only finished 65 paintings. 🙂 However, most were small 1/8″ sheet paintings that will be available at all the art fairs and markets during Fall/Winter.
Oh, I also had to visit Panama City, Panama for a week and Europe for 12 days.
I can’t wait to dig into the 12k photographs I shot from these locals (Panama City and Salzburg, Austria highlighted above). I will be painting a lot of these scenes in upcoming classes and workshops (a full list can be found on my workshops page)
Interested in purchasing art? Originals and fine art reproductions? You are always welcome to visit me at my studio at Anchorlight Studios just south of downtown Raleigh. Call or email to set up an appointment to meet. I will also have a tent at various upcoming MAKR markets, Night Markets, and more. A full schedule can be found on the workshops page listed above.