Published Articles

Download and read articles by Paul W. McCormack


The Artist’s Magazine – Sheer Realism, April 2000

This 8-page article on the artist's watercolor and oil painting techniques first appeared in the April 2000 issue of the Artist's Magazine. With back issues completely sold-out, you can now read the complete article and view the step-by-step watercolor demonstration.


The Artist’s Magazine – The Oil Painters Hand Book: Keeping it Clean, August 2002

This article on color mixing and how to keep your colors clean when working in oils is the unedited version as submitted to the Artist's Magazine before its publication in the August 2002 issue.

Art Café – Interview with Jane Freeman

Read the interview by Jane Freeman on the artist's thoughts and approach to a watercolor painting and the fine art of portraiture.


Splash 6: The Magic of Texture
94 of the best contemporary watercolorists show and tell how to enliven your paintings with texture.

Publisher: North Light Books, (March 2000)

Edited by Rachel Rubin Wolf
Hardcover: 143 pages

In addition to the cover, Splash 6 features full page reproductions of  "Hope", "Altruistic Pattern" and "Pamelia".

Signed First Editions:
Only $30.00 when purchased through the McCormack Studios. Books are personalized and signed by Paul on the introduction page opposite "Hope". This book ships free in the Continental US.
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