Photorealism, abstraction, impressionism and everything in-between has fallen in and out of popularity through the ages.
The current trend in the world of transparent watercolor is photorealism. Looking at the work coming from most of the watercolor societies in this country, it is evident that the majority of selected paintings and winning entries are in this genre.
While I am not a photo-realistic painter, I generally enter work in three national shows each year.
It may be tempting for artists to alter their style to meet the changing trends in art. It certainly can be an opportunity for growth, to challenge an artist out of their comfort zone. Yet it is also important to stay true to yourself, to continue to work in the medium and manner that gives you joy in your craft, in whatever style that may be.
The Midwest Watercolor Society was started in the 1970s by several midwest watercolorists including my teacher and mentor, Mr. Irving Shapiro. It grew from a regional show to a national exhibit, and became The Transparent Watercolor Society of America, with artists entering their work from across the country.. I have entered the two paintings below into their upcoming annual national exhibit.
Persistence pays off.