Painter Will Noble on art, nature and water politics

Friday, December 9, 2016

My most recent watercolor -- PAPERMILL CREEK

Papermill Creek, watercolor by Will Noble

This is a view of Papermill Creek as it runs through Samuel P. Taylor (California State) Park. I started this watercolor in the summer of 2016, and it has the warm feel of a summer day with sunny reflections and a shading canopy above. Now that the painting is completed, it's almost winter! Things change. But a painting captures a moment in time forever.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

How I spent my summer vacation...and more.

For the past three years I’ve been a participating artist in Marinscapes, an annual showcase of about thirty Marin County landscape artists in late June, with proceeds from sales benefiting the Buckelew Programs.

I took time off from my landscape painting to focus on a project I have long wanted to do: illustrating the lyrics of Peter, Paul & Mary’s song ‘Autumn to May’ as a book.

 This was a very different kind of challenge for me, drawing from my years of character animation in the video game industry, creating images and metamorphoses – my favorite thing! The completed project is now a limited first edition hardcover book with 32 pages of color illustrations. All copies of Tales from Autumn to May have sold! But happy to make a list of anyone interested in a second edition.

Currently I am about three-quarters finished with a 20” x 15” watercolor of Papermill Creek in Samuel P. Taylor Park. Of course, like all my work, it will also be available as a giclĂ©e print.

As always, I am happy to have visitors to my studio. So contact me and set up a visit!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Revamped website and a sketch of Fairfax hills

I've just revamped my website with larger images so you can better see detail. This may make images load a little slower but I hope it's worth the wait. Let me know if it is cumbersome. There are also several new works on the site.

I plan to start showing art from my sketchbook in blog posts. Here's one that I did up above the town of Fairfax, California, in the Marin Watershed.

Monday, July 7, 2014


Just completed the 2014 annual Marinscapes show, benefiting Buckelew Programs. Great time with fellow artists and people interested in Marin landscape art. They say it was the most successful show ever. All for a good cause.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

An article about my work on ArtSlant

Just received notice that an article about me appears on ArtSlant, a global network of art galleries and museums. Check it out at:
If you are so inspired, please comment on the article. Thanks! Will

Sunday, April 13, 2014

What are we doing to our water? Check out the documentary 'Watermark'.

Here is a trailer for Watermark , a documentary that explores the life force that sustains us all. It tells diverse stories from around the world about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. 

It opens in theaters on April 18. Check your local listings. It is also available on Netflix.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

2014 has shaped up to be a busy year for showing my art.

I just delivered six paintings to the Redwood Foyer Gallery of the Marin Veterans' Auditorium for an invitational watercolor show that will be up until early June. So if you are attending an event there, be sure to check out the show during intermission.

I've been invited to be part of Marinscapes in late June. This established annual Marin landscape show raises funds for Buckelew Housing. It is always well attended and garners lots of sales. Hopefully with the economy recovering, that will be even more true this year, as it is an excellent cause.

Then in November-December, I will be in a three-person show at Falkirk Cultural Center in San Rafael, titled 'Three Different Views of Water: Paintings by Nelson Hee, Will Noble and Mary Wagstaff.' The gallery is divided into three rooms and each artist will have a room. The reception will be like visiting three artists' studios.