Although watercolor painting is extremely old, dating perhaps to the cave paintings of paleolithic Europe, and has been used for manuscript illumination since at least Egyptian times but especially in the European Middle Ages; its continuous history as an art medium began during the Renaissance period.
The difficulty in watercolor painting is almost entirely in learning how to anticipate and leverage the behavior of water, rather than attempting to control or dominate it. Modern watercolor paints are now as durable and colorful as oil or acrylic paints, and the recent renewed interest in drawing and multimedia art has also stimulated demand for fine works in watercolor.
Anyone who has ever attempted to master various forms of visual art will attest that watercolor painting usually turns out to be one of the most challenging. However, this has not discouraged Cate Parr, a UK-born fashion illustrator, who has managed to capture the ethereal, fleeting and vulnerable qualities of fashion imagery in her watercolors.
Cate brings a dreamy, beautiful undertone, yet her images are not entirely ‘virginal’. A darker undertone, beneath the pastel-like beauty entices the viewer to look closer, a quality we admire in any image-maker’s work. In today’s world of a million images per second, it takes a lot to make any of us stop and pause to actually see what lies beneath the surface.
Cate’s works, which have appeared in both editorial and brand contexts, hasn’t been seen in massive formats or super-brand environments yet, but somehow we envision these images appearing in enormous window displays in the world’s fashion capitals this coming spring.
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