Study of Ted Kautzky's "Village Scene" by Jim Phillips

Study of Ted Kautzky's "Village Scene" by 

14″×9″ Watercolour using DickBlick artist colours on Fabriano watercolour paper

Ted Kautzky (Hungarian-American, 1896-1953)

The last assignment I gave my watercolour students this session was to select a non-comtemporary watercolour master and do a study of their work. I always complete each assignment with my students and they alway critique my work first, before I critique theirs. I do this primarily to make my students feel comfortable with the critique process.

Buy it, I’m already well into my 60’s and if I’m going to be famous, well, I’m running out of time. I like to think my work has been influenced by the great impressionists, although my wife says it’s because I won’t go and get my eyes checked. At any rate, I do love to paint watercolour and acrylics and it’s a true wish of mine that you enjoy viewing my work. Go ahead and let me know what you think, I love to read your comments. (Well….the good ones anyway.)

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  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 4 years ago

    You really have nailed this one so beautifully Jim! Stunningly beautiful use of the watercolour medium. It must have been a very complex exercise and I am full of admiration for the way you have captured this amazing scene.

  • The exercise was a combination of selecting one of my favorite artist and challenging myself as well. Thanks Lynda, that’s a terrific comment.

    – Jim Phillips

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 4 years ago

    This is gorgeous. The colors are wonderful. P.S. Now I know what it’s like to be up at 3:00 like some of you other folk….could’t sleep.

  • Thank Marsha, I’ve got around two more weeks of this working thing and I’ll be back to normal, meaning getting up and going to bed when I want to.

    – Jim Phillips

  • katymckay
    katymckayover 4 years ago

    Oh ..I love this Jim…stunning use of colour..and as Lynda say’s a complex scene..but as usual from you ..captured beautifully ..lucky students !!!!

  • You’re always so kind with your gracious comments Cathy, thank you.

    – Jim Phillips

  • JulieWickham
    JulieWickhamover 4 years ago

    Hi Jim – great work – I’m just starting to learn how to use watercolours and can now appreciate your skill.

  • That’s great Julie and thank you for your appreciation.

    – Jim Phillips

  • ©Janis Zroback
    ©Janis Zrobackover 4 years ago

    Lovely work Jim…you must be very proud of your achievement, with your class and with this complicated watercolor….well done…

  • Thank you Janis that’s very kind of you.

    – Jim Phillips

  • © Bob Hall
    © Bob Hallover 4 years ago

    Cool Jim!!! I love the composition and color scheme in particular. The shades of color work quite well together. I like the idea of the teacher becoming the student and visa versa during the critiquing period of the study. Great job!

  • My goal is for them to self-critique their own work successfully Bob, so we practice it in class. Thank you friend.

    – Jim Phillips

  • Blended
    Blendedover 4 years ago

    Oh I really like this. Its colourful, detailed and beautiful.

  • Love your very generous comment, thank you so much.

    – Jim Phillips

  • kamaljeet kaur
    kamaljeet kaurover 4 years ago

    So well done…love the details and wide color palette :) FAV!!!!

  • It was as much Kautzky’s colour palette as it was my own. Thanks so much Kamaljeet.

    – Jim Phillips

  • Susan Bergstrom
    Susan Bergstromover 4 years ago

    Holy Cow! This is just brilliant Jim…superb colors…

  • Thank you Susan, I know you’ve posted some things I haven’t commented on yet. It’s been a busy week gal.

    – Jim Phillips

  • Corinne Pouzet
    Corinne Pouzetover 4 years ago

    Truly stunning work with this one, Jim. You have given a wonderful atmosphere and an impressive style of this village with all the palette of colours. It gives the whole scene is a very powerful as well as a peaceful feeling..

  • I had mentioned earlier that this being a study I have to give Mr. Kautzky much of the credit. Thanks Corinne.

    – Jim Phillips

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