Artist Marcos Beccari Struggled Painting Water But Now He’s Incredible At It
Many artists find watercolor the most difficult medium to master. Unlike using acrylic and oil paints that are opaque in nature, this medium entails careful synchronization between water and color. But for Brazilian painter Marcos Beccari, making water the subject in his paintings is the most challenging of all.
Water is so difficult to paint because it is a substance that takes so many different forms. The turquoise water of the sea, the glassy water of a lake, the crashing waves at the beach; an artist needs to understand how water works and moves in order to capture all forms of it. Aside from the movement, a painter also needs to consider other essential variables such as reflection and transparency. Beccari embraced all these challenges and decided to highlight this subject in most of his paintings.
Artist captures the flow and movement of water in the most realistic ways through his watercolor paintings
Beccari has succeeded in capturing the subject with the most realistic level of detail. For instance his light reflections appear almost as a mirror image of real water on a glassy lake. Most of his paintings depict women swimming and interacting with water. And when there’s interaction, there’s movement. The artist was able to exemplify the major contours of moving water, with the changing surface where the water rises and falls in some areas. Furthermore, Beccari’s choice of medium (watercolor) only puts the level of difficulty a notch higher.
Obviously, water is one of the main elements in these types of paintings. Since this fluid substance is transparent and takes any shape it wants, a single mistake can turn the painting into sludge. Beccari himself thinks that watercolor is the most challenging technique of all. But for someone who is willing to overcome challenges, it only took Becarri self-discipline to tame the rebellious state of the medium. Not only did he master the technique but he also conquered his weakness, which is to portray water, and eventually turned it into his strength.
“I focus [my work] on water for the sake of overcoming [my artistic shortcoming].” Beccari said. On the other hand, it is also a way of reminding myself that you cannot control most things. I think that water represents this; we have to deal with it instead of trying to master it.”
This artist proves that nothing is impossible for a determined person.
Beccari actually hasn’t had any artistic academic training. He only took up various painting courses when he was a kid. He graduated in Graphic Design and MSc in Design from the Federal University of Paraña and is currently working as an adjunct professor at the said university. Although his main profession is teaching, he still finds time to create paintings.