Easy Watercolor: Learn to Express Yourself

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“Beginners eager to try their hand should take Moses as their tutor. She sensitively guides readers through a complete starter course...discusses color and various time-honored techniques. Readers are then directed step-by-step through a series of projects of increasing difficulty...for inspiration and sheer enjoyment, she provides...a galleryof her own paintings....beautifully designed....An excellent place to start.”—Booklist.
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“Beginners eager to try their hand should take Moses as their tutor. She sensitively guides readers through a complete starter course...discusses color and various time-honored techniques. Readers are then directed step-by-step through a series of projects of increasing difficulty...for inspiration and sheer enjoyment, she provides...a galleryof her own paintings....beautifully designed....An excellent place to start.”—Booklist.
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Giving in to modern expectations for immediate satisfaction, Halliday promises that one can "pick up a brush and paint your first landscape this weekend." Halliday has an extensive background in teaching workshops and has distilled what he has learned into eight simple lessons on subjects like skies and clouds, water, mountains and lakes, and seasonal landscapes. For each, he has practice exercises to be completed on Saturday and a full-scale watercolor painting to be completed on Sunday. His is a reasonable concept for young, motivated beginners with little time. Moses's Easy Watercolor is another stress-free introduction to watercolor but without the weekend gimmick. She covers the requisite areas of tools, composition, color, washes, glazing, etc., and then adds a more personal chapter on creativity and inspiration. Taylor's Watercolor Wisdom is much more satisfying than either of these books. Based on 30 years of studying with some of America's best watercolor artists and teaching thousands in her classes and workshops, she offers a comprehensive yet still low-stress volume for the beginner. The sections on developing one's own style are especially good. Of the three, Taylor's has the most depth, the most engaging voice, and the best chance of making a lasting contribution to the watercolor field; the others are suitable only for collections with a strong demand for the quick and easy. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806995427
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 12/1/2002
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.72 (w) x 11.44 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Introduction 9
1 Finding the Right Tools & Materials 11
Paper 12
Finding the Right Paint 15
Brushes 17
Palettes 20
Painting Supports 21
Other Supplies 22
2 Shaping Composition & Design 25
What Is Design? 26
About Space 26
Light & Dark Colors 27
The Seven Elements of Design 28
The Principles of Design 30
Discovering Hot Spots 30
Learning to See 33
Drawing 34
Squint to See 36
What Is Value? 37
Simplifying the Value Scale 38
How to Begin 39
Applying Values 40
3 Working with Color 43
The Properties of Color 44
Basic Color Theory 45
Pale Tints 47
The Limited Palette 47
Color Temperature 49
Primaries & Their Complements 52
Mixing Colors 52
Color Undertone or Bias 54
Color Schemes 56
Mixing Grays 57
Mixing Mud 58
4 Drawing on Your Own Creativity 61
Painting with Passion 62
Discover the Child Within 63
The Viewer's Response 65
Creativity 69
Revision 72
Finding a Subject 73
Inspiration 75
Dali's Secret 78
Artistic License 79
5 Time-Honored Techniques 81
Putting Theory to Work 82
Basic Washes 83
Gradated Washes 84
Negative Painting 86
Controlled Drip 88
Spattering & Throwing Paint 90
Glazing 92
Layering 93
Creating Texture 94
Pouring Color 102
6 Painting Step-by-Step 109
Watermelon 110
Flowers & Leaves 112
Rocks 114
Magnolias 116
Glass Jars 118
Little Boy 122
Glazed Bottles 124
Street Scene in France 126
7 An Artist's Gallery 131
Glossary 152
Metric Equivalents 157
Index to Watercolor Paintings 158
Index 159
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2003

    Great Book for Beginners

    This book is a pleasure to read and is full of ideas to help get started in learing to express yourself with watercolor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2002

    A Joy to experience

    This was truly a wonderful experience. Marcia stimulates the reader's creativity and invites all artists; new and established to paint for fun and pleasure. With all the necessary information you would ever need, and a passion to be the painter you've always wanted to be. Very informative not to mention, a pleasure!

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