Painting the Allure of Nature

Painting the Allure of Nature

by Susan Bourdet
     
 

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Watercolor artists will find it easy to paint realistic, atmospheric nature scenes when artist Susan D. Bourdet takes them under her wing. She starts with the basics of watercolor nature painting, then illuminate the finer points from start to finish. It's just the kind of instruction they're looking for. They'll learn how to:
* Create a reference library of

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Watercolor artists will find it easy to paint realistic, atmospheric nature scenes when artist Susan D. Bourdet takes them under her wing. She starts with the basics of watercolor nature painting, then illuminate the finer points from start to finish. It's just the kind of instruction they're looking for. They'll learn how to:
* Create a reference library of photos, sketches and field notes
* Choose and mix colors
* Combine reference materials to design realistic compositions
* Master invaluable watercolor techniques, including 12 steps for successful washes
* Render realistic birds, flowers, leaves and other foliage
* Capture realistic textures of atmospheric snow, fog, bark, moss, lichen, rock, wood, cobwebs and weather
* Create close-up compositions that suggest a story
* Capture the essence of the seasons in four full-size step-by-step demonstrations No matter what their skill level or experience, Susan D. Bourdet can help make every artist's watercolor work richer in personality, drama and realism.Susan D. Bourdet has been painting, studying and teaching watercolor painting techniques for the past twenty years. Her watercolors have received numerous awards, been featured in numerous exhibitions and currently appear in calendars by Bookmark. She is a member of The Nature Conservancy, the Oregon Wildlife Federation, World Wildlife Fund and the Watercolor Society of Oregon. Susan lives in Jefferson, Oregon.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Whether we believe in the Garden of Eden, in simian ancestors on the African plains, or in neither, nature has a powerful hold on all of us. Most artists have been drawn to nature in a usually futile attempt to capture its mysteries. Bourdet's title refers to painting of nature's power to entice a loftier goal than what she actually attempts, which is to paint one's emotional response to nature. Fortunately, she excels at this more modest goal. A gifted teacher and a fine artist, Bourdet guides us through the basics of sketching, field notes, using a reference library of photos, color mixing, and the realistic rendering of birds, flowers, leaves, snow, fog, wood, cobwebs, etc. She offers masterly technical advice in segments on, for example, avoiding mud on paper, not in the field. Wendy Jelbert's Painting Nature's Details (LJ 3/15/97) took a narrower approach, while Robert Reynolds and Patrick Seslar's Painting Nature's Peaceful Places (North Light, 1994) was more akin to folk art. Bourdet's book is more comprehensive and earthier than either. Highly recommended as a solid, inspiring take on illustrating and interpreting nature. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781581804584
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
01/29/2003
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
8.48(w) x 11.02(h) x 0.47(d)

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