Although watercolor painting is extremely old, dating perhaps to the cave paintings of paleolithic Europe, and has been used for manuscript illumination since at least Egyptian times but especially in the European Middle Ages, its continuous history as an art medium begins in the Renaissance. The German Northern Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) who painted several fine botanical, wildlife and landscape watercolors, is generally considered among the earliest exponents of the medium. An important school of watercolor painting in Germany was led by Hans Bol (1534–1593) as part of the Dürer Renaissance.
          Water color paintings by Anil narayanan. All scenes from Kerala. First painting ' The traditional temple festival of kerala.  The second is a Kerala Toddy maker and next painting is 'The Kerala at mansoon.

And the forth paining is The coir making ladies of Kerala, and a boatman, The Boat passengers.

   Wildlife illustration reached its peak in the 19th century with artists such as John James Audubon, and today many naturalist field guides are still illustrated with watercolor paintings. Many watercolors are more vibrant in pigment if they are higher quality. Some British market watercolors can be found in many craft stores In America and in other countries too.

                                                                          Anil narayanan
'Lady in paddy field , An Elephant park of kerala, 'Theyyam' a dravidian culture festival of Kerala, A boatman at early morning. All paintings by Anil narayanan.