Create Dramatic Coastal Scenes in Watercolor

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Emotion and drama go hand-in-hand, and have always been essential factors in personal expression. Now, multi-award winning American Watercolor Society member Carlton Plummer, shows his special tactics for turning ordinary coastal scenes into works full of emotion and drama.

He shows how the coast provides infinite artistic inspiration, from the varied views of the seashore to the human activity that adds richness to the scene. He demonstrates how to paint the action as well as ...

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Overview

Emotion and drama go hand-in-hand, and have always been essential factors in personal expression. Now, multi-award winning American Watercolor Society member Carlton Plummer, shows his special tactics for turning ordinary coastal scenes into works full of emotion and drama.

He shows how the coast provides infinite artistic inspiration, from the varied views of the seashore to the human activity that adds richness to the scene. He demonstrates how to paint the action as well as the moments of quiet serenity that make coastal scenes so popular. But it is the way each painting is designed that gives it its drama. Drama doesn't have to mean pounding surf -- a painting of the empty interior of a fisherman's hut can be just as dramatic. Drama is about how to combine separate elements to make a dynamic painting. Carlton explains and demonstrates the keys to drama in this book. This multi-award winning artist and veteran of 200 painting workshops, shows how to paint dozens of fascinating coastal subjects. As well as the specifics, Carlton shows the reader how to think in terms of design structures and how to use the ingredients that suggest drama.

He shows how painting is about making decisions involving both technical and intuitive thinking -- a lesson that is so important, it applies to any, and all, subject matter.

Step-by-step demonstrations with full descriptive captions appear throughout. This is a thorough watercolor course that deals with every aspect of painting -- preliminary studies, useful techniques, how to get started, tonal values, color, glazing, edges, figures, found objects, as well as how to paint the sky, surf, still water, rocks, tidal flats, forests, buildings, boats and vegetation. This book represents a thorough survey of the subject by a master artist and teacher.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929834372
  • Publisher: International Artist Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/15/2004
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction 8
Chapter 1 Getting to know your materials 10
Choosing your paper
Selecting brushes
Arranging your paints
Gathering other materials
Preparing to paint on location
Chapter 2 Experimenting with basic watercolor techniques 20
Working wet on dry paper
Glazing
Drybrushing
Learning to paint wet-into-wet
Laying in a wash
Suggesting texture
Using liquid masking fluid
Correcting errors
Chapter 3 Preparing to paint 34
Reaching your coastal subjects
Choosing a subject
Creating preliminary studies
Deciding on a point of view
Plotting your tonal values
Thinking about expression
Chapter 4 Establishing a painting process 50
Laying out the big shapes
Applying light washes
Introducing mid-tone values
Carving out important areas
Pulling the painting together
Checking for personalized expression
Chapter 5 Making the difference with drama 60
Using light to add drama
Incorporating reflected light and color
Dramatizing by design
Exaggerating the value pattern
Creating mood with color
Chapter 6 Breaking down the coastal elements 80
Sky
Surf
Calm water
Reflections
Rocks, ledges and beaches
Vegetation
Boats
Buildings
Chapter 7 Including the figure in the coastal environment 96
Distinguishing distant figures
Drawing the figure with a brush
Allowing the figure to dominate
Chapter 8 Creating a coastal still life 106
Composing a still life
Discovering interiors
Conclusion 114
Gallery of coastal subjects 118
About the artist 128
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