visual inspiration on overdrive.

by ali hoffman

Watercolor is kind of like the ice cream of the art world: Traditional food critics may see it as child's play, but modern foodies recognize its blue-ribbon potential.

Enter Watercolor: Paintings by Contemporary Artists , the latest edition to Chronicle Books range, which proves the art form transcends far beyond the likes of Play Doh and Crayons.

Featuring more than twenty of today's most talented and avant-garde artist, the work ranges from portraits and landscapes, to the abstract and experimental. From a stunning portrait of Celine's Phoebe Philo by Samantha Hahn to Jane Mount's Ideal Bookshelf series, we found it hard to spend less than 5 minutes on each page.

Buy the book here ($27.50), and maybe grab a scoop of lavender ice cream later. 

"Ingenue Blue" by Julia Denos

" Ideal Bookshelf 353: English Lit" by Jane Mount

"Meadow Playing" by Anna Emelia Laitinen

"Haute Shoes" by Sujean Rim