Hello our wonderful winter watercolorists! :wave:

We would like to remind you about our current AquaChallenge: SNOWFLAKES. You can submit your entry till 20th of January 2017! So there's still almost a month to come up with your entry.

Since we are heading towards the end of the year 2016, we would like to express our big gratitude to you, our members. In the year 2016, over 800 new members joined watercolorists and over 3500 artworks have been submitted to our gallery.

Today is truly a Christmas spirit in Watercolorists... as our crew started talking human language. :eyes: Hear us out, it's the only time in the year! Your dedicated team wishes to share with you some thoughts:

:iconart-by-cricket:
Dear watercolorists members, thank you so much for a brilliant year filled with the most beautiful and creative watercolor artworks any Group Admin could ever wish for! I have learned so much from each and everyone of you through this year: so many techniques, so many styles and so much imagination and creativity in one art medium; you've all blown me away! May your talents continue to grow in 2017.


:icontokyomoonlight:
I joined the group's admin team in May 2016 and I'm so happy I got this opportunity. I always try to give my best to help the group and its members. And this is something I wish you would do to. Try to be your best you can be. Don't give up on art or on painting. Keep on practicing and experimenting, even if you make mistakes. Painting isn't about making pretty artworks, it's about expressing yourself. I wish you lot's of courage, perseverance and luck in the year 2017!  :blowkiss:

:iconithilloth:
Yet another year with watercolorists wraps up. This year was special because we waved goodbye to our former Founder Cmac13 and phantsythat as our long-term Moderators, but our lovely Art-by-Cricket and TokyoMoonlight proved to be excellent replacements. We introduced AquaChallenge thanks to Marcela's idea. We accepted thousands of mindblowing watercolor artworks, discussed countless topics and said "Thank you!" to one another over million times (well I didn't count but I'm sure it's close :D). For the millionth and one, thank you for being there, Watercolorists, and making this group so delightful experience. See you in 2017!

The whole admin staff of the group wishes you a healthy, happy and creative year 2017!


And now to the surprise part :love:

To celebrate the year 2016 we invite you all to share some awesome artworks.


BEST OF AQUA2016 ART FEATURE


The group will feature all suggested watercolor artworks from our members in a big Best of AQUA2016 art feature!

Here are some rules, because everybody loves them:

:bulletorange: WHO can suggest: any member of watercolorists.

:bulletorange: WHICH ARTWORKS to suggest:
- artwork must be created and uploaded in the year 2016 (from 1st of January till 31st December of 2016).
- it must be part of our group's gallery (you can check this under "Featured in Groups" on the right side bar on deviation's page).

:bulletorange: HOW MANY artworks you can suggest:
- 1 artwork from your own gallery, that you consider the best you have created in the year 2016.
- 1 artwork from a fellow watercolorists member, that you think is the best watercolor artwork you have seen in the year 2016.
If someone else already suggested your favourite artwork, that's not a problem. It's not a contest. Everyone will be featured! :love:

:bulletorange: HOW to suggest: write a comment in this journal (add a link or a thumb of the 2 suggested artworks).

:bulletorange: TIME: we will accept your suggestions until 8th of January 2017.


If you have any questions please ask. =D



Enjoy your wonderful holiday season and don't forget to create some amazing watercolor masterpieces!

Your watercolorists team
:santa:  Ithilloth  :santa: Art-by-Cricket  :santa:  TokyoMoonlight :santa:
Merry christmas everybody by MenInASuitcase
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irbi-art Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017   General Artist
mine best watercolor at 2016 is : irbi-art.deviantart.com/art/Se…
I love it because it shows my feelings ... and watercolor is not bad on it .
And this beauty watercolor took my heart at 2016 : natasailincic.deviantart.com/a…
I have no words - this is magical perfection .
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Ithilloth Featured By Owner Edited Jan 12, 2017   General Artist
Thanks for your suggestion! We'll be happy to add them to the final feature :)
*EDIT* Oh, I'm sorry but it seems we can't add Natasa's work to the feature because it's not a part of our gallery. :no:
Would you mind choosing from our gallery instead?
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irbi-art Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017   General Artist
Ouh... sorry !!! So i choose for your feature this one :  watercolorists.deviantart.com/…
In love with it since summer aquachallenge !!!
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017   General Artist
Great, thank you! :love:
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peet Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
For my own I think I'll choose 'The Second Sorrow of Turin'     The Second Sorrow Of Turin by peet






And, by far the more difficult when it come to others ...          Consult by phantsythat

Simply because I like the children't book feel to this one in particular and all her work in general, which is pure escapism. Also she is very nice to me frequently. (Like so many others, granted, but there we are ;) ). Happy New Year once more all!
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:iconphantsythat:
phantsythat Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm most flattered and charmed by both your comments.
:dalove:
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:iconpeet:
peet Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
You're very very welcome, I hope you are well! And happy belated new year! :hug:
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:icontokyomoonlight:
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thank you for your suggestions :blowkiss:

But...her artwork is from the year 2015...could you please pick another one...from year 2016 :blush:
Because the feature is about best works from the year 2016 =D
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:iconpeet:
peet Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
OH so it is! Sorry about that! In which case :)

The Mushroom Lady 2016 by phantsythat
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:iconphantsythat:
phantsythat Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much, Peet. I'm grateful for your generosity and encouragement.
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017   Traditional Artist
Good one!
Thank you for the new suggestion :hug:
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DundalkChild Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For me I choose Revontulet, since it's different from what I usually do and it was a huge step for me in 2016.

Revontulet by DundalkChild

The the member I choose Rohan by Martidy, because it simply blew me away :la:

Rohan by Martidy
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thank you for your suggestion =D
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Riana-art Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016  Professional Artist
It is difficult to pick out only one painting, but I´d like to choose "Marrer of Middleearth" :thumb649251557: by peet since it shows a great deal of emotion, has a great composition and is very "watercolory", with this sky painted wet in wet. And its Tolkien :)
<img src="Image URL address" alt="Name of Image" />

From my own it would be the Lady of the Brussle Sprouts: :thumb602179540:

Argh, help, dear Moderator, the link with the :thumb... thing might not work...
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:iconpeet:
peet Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for choosing one of my pieces Riana-art! :hug: Happy New Year! :party:
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Riana-art Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Professional Artist
Your welcome :). Its a bit late, but a Happy New your to you as well :)!Hi! 
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:iconpeet:
peet Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
:highfive:!
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:icontokyomoonlight:
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016   Traditional Artist
If you're a non-core member you can't use thumbs to show artwork. (Only in forum under "Thumbshare" ) 

That's why there's also the link option to share an artwork (you find it on top of the thumb code).

I know the frustration with those thumbs...I only got the 1 month core membership as a gift...normally I'm a regular dA user :blush: and need to use those links.

I hope that helps ;)
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Riana-art Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Professional Artist
Ah, I didnt knew that - it  seems that it wasnt directly mentioned in the FAQ, so I was pretty confused after trying to thumbnail the pictures for several times :)
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016   Traditional Artist
I'm still learning the dA stuff too :shrug:
It's a universe full of mystery =D Mostly nonsense, but...

Happy new year and wish you lots of creativity in year 2017 :party:
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016   General Artist
Thank you for your suggestions! They both apply :heart: Sadly thumbs in comments will only appear when you have a Core membership. But don't worry, we don't need to see the thumbnail in your comment to make it appear in journal. Just the number is fine :)
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Riana-art Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Professional Artist
Well, after all somehow  you found the suggestions :)!
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Cornaline Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Mine:
cornaline.deviantart.com/art/F…
I already learned much more about watercolor since this picture but it somehow still got a beautiful color palette and some kind of atmosphere I hope to create again in the future.

I picked "The princess is sleeping" as favorite from someone else because I remember being very fascinated by it and looked at it a few times because I liked the colors, details and just overall cuteness of the picture so much.
tokyomoonlight.deviantart.com/…
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:icontokyomoonlight:
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thank you for your suggestions.

But please submit your suggested artwork to our gallery. We will feature only artworks which are part of our watercolorists gallery (see under "which artworks to suggest"). Or you can choose another one of yours which is already part of our gallery =D

Thank you for the wonderful surprise to pick one of my artworks :love:
I would be lying if I wasn't happy about it Bunny Emoji-77 (Melting) [V4] 
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:iconcornaline:
Cornaline Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, your art is amazing! :)

Oh no, I thought it'd be there already, I'll add it :)
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:icontokyomoonlight:
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017   Traditional Artist
Now it is! Thank you for submitting it :love:
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:iconiviemoon:
IvieMoon Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016   Traditional Artist
I've seen a lot of wonderful paintings in this group this year, so it's really tough to narrow it down to just one.

The loss of my 19 year old cat earlier this year was extremely difficult, and this painting was a way for me to shed some of that grief. It took six months from the time I sketched it until I was ready to paint it, but I'm glad that I waited: fav.me/dai7yzk

In that vein, this painting by LucieOn really hit home for me, and inspired me not to give up on my own cat's painting. I love the simplicity and cleanness of her composition and the clarity of the colors, and of course the emotion behind the painting is truly lovely: fav.me/da291nw

:hug:

(Also, why do the thumbnails never work on DA anymore? Or is it just me? Roll Eyes )
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thank you for your suggestions :hug:

Yoda is a master piece :love:

The thumbnails work only if you are a core member...when you aren't, you can't use thumbnails. They only work for non core members in the forum -> in the thumbshare section. I hope that helps :dummy:
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:iconiviemoon:
IvieMoon Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thank you for your kind words on my painting! :hug: :)

And thanks for letting me know about the thumbnails - I've been wondering about that for a while.
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016   Traditional Artist
You're welcome...that's why it's always good to ask...that way you get answers :nerd: rvmp 
Most of the time my speech starts "umm...I have a question..." My favorite words are who, what, why, how :imsmart:  and Wikipedia is my middle name =D
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LucieOn Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for your kind words. I'm glad my painting spoke to you.
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:iconiviemoon:
IvieMoon Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016   Traditional Artist
You're most welcome - thank you for sharing your painting here on DA :) :hug:
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:iconkirschpraline:
Kirschpraline Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Feature is a wonderful idea - thank you so much! Also thank you as well for this wonderful group,
I'm glad to be a member of it (: :hug: 

I picked this painting from my gallery - I think it's the best of 2016 in my gallery and very personal, because these are characters of my story I write:
kirschpraline.deviantart.com/a…

And I picked "Polestar" by cat-o-morphism, it's such a beautiful painting, perfectly done, I love the coloring and the 
motif. And also she is luckily a member of this group (;
cat-o-morphism.deviantart.com/…
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thank you Lovely Shoujo (Heart for you) [V3] 
Awesome choices you made and the reasons for picking those artworks. ;)
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:icontokyomoonlight:
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Edited Dec 26, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thank you for your suggestions Heart bum 
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dounyatsu Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is my first year in watercolorists, and it's the most wonderful group I am part of. I discovered so many amazing artists, that I would have a lot of trouble trying to pick ONE illustration I like the most. So my feature is going to be For me going... by Sieskja. It's not my favorite piece of 2016, I honestly don't know what is, but Sieskja's art helped me a lot when I was struggling with a massive art block that ate almost half of this year. Her work inspired me to keep drawing and developing my own style and be happy with my art, and for that she deserves a special mention.

For my own work, I am going to suggest in the arms of..., because it's the drawing that ended my hiatus.

Thank you very much for this lovely group <3

For me going... by Sieskja      in the arms of... by dounyatsu
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Ithilloth Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016   General Artist
I'm so happy to learn you were able to overcome your artblock thanks to another artist. It's literally those moments that make it all worth any struggle with the group, when we see our members interacting and inspiring each other :happycry:
May you have an excellent 2017, keep on creating and sharing your lovely work with Watercolorists :hug:
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your suggestion and also for writing the reason why you picked them. Bunny Emoji-72 (Kawaii) [V4] 

You wrote so well what's the point of art groups here on dA...to get connected with other artists, to get inspired, to learn etc.

It's so good to hear you got inspired and motivated again to paint.

Thank you for your lovely words about our group...it means a lot for all of us, it's the reason why we put so much effort in it. To make you all happy Bunny Emoji-09 (Heart) [V1] 
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AgniyaKabitova Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016
Thank you for your work and so cute and nice group!

mine 

agniyakabitova.deviantart.com/…

from someone else

watercolorists.deviantart.com/…
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:icontokyomoonlight:
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thank you for sharing :love:
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Jeannae Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016   General Artist
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thank you :hug:
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Tabascofanatikerin Featured By Owner Edited Dec 23, 2016  Hobbyist
Mine:
tabascofanatikerin.deviantart.…

From someone else:
hamidm.deviantart.com/art/Twir…

And a happy, creative new year to you, too :)
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:icontokyomoonlight:
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thank you :blowkiss:

Have an awesome year 2017 (test icon) !
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Apfelmaeuschen Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't been a member of this group for very long but I would love to thank you guys for your great work. That is (I bet) a very rare thing and I appreciate your help and kindness very much (is "kindness" something you use like that? You know what? I don't care!).
*Free Icon/Emote* Thank You Pusheen 
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Art-by-Cricket Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the wonderful compliment! :hug: It is our absolute pleasure! We love the group and we love our members and the art everyone produces is just spectacular!
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:iconlualady:
LualaDy Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
mine:
Happiness Cake by LualaDy

from someone else:
Forest Walk by Manuela-M
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:iconmanuela-m:
Manuela-M Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016   Traditional Artist
 Thank you! You're always promoting my art  mini hearts  I'm really grateful and humbled to receive such support  Llama Emoji-10 (Shy) [V1] 
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LualaDy Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
oh do I???
I didn't even notice ^^

well I guess it's because you deserve it ^^
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