Watercolor for Absolute Beginners

Overview

Have you always wanted to try your hand at watercolour but didn't know where to start? If so, this is the book for you. In his 50 years of teaching, Bill Whitsett has helped thousands of people of all ages blossom into accomplished painters using the simple methods described here.

With a series of bite-sized lessons, let Bill show you how easy it is to paint with watercolour -- and how beautiful the results can be. Learn how to paint convincing trees using a few simple ...

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Overview

Have you always wanted to try your hand at watercolour but didn't know where to start? If so, this is the book for you. In his 50 years of teaching, Bill Whitsett has helped thousands of people of all ages blossom into accomplished painters using the simple methods described here.

With a series of bite-sized lessons, let Bill show you how easy it is to paint with watercolour -- and how beautiful the results can be. Learn how to paint convincing trees using a few simple brushstrokes, how to depict a sultry summer sky using a variegated wash, how to show the gleam of light falling onto the skin of a grape, and the correct proportions for lifelike figures. Through more absorbing, longer projects, you will be able to create your first full watercolour paintings. Bill's foolproof area-by-area technique makes landscapes a breeze, and simple step-by-step instructions will help you to capture the delicate beauty of a summer rose. No-nonsense advice and clear diagrams lead you through the subjects of colour theory, composition and how to design a painting, and there is a useful guide to the equipment you'll need. By the time you have worked through all the lessons in this book you will have acquired confidence and enthusiasm -- and will just want to keep on painting!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780713488470
  • Publisher: Batsford, B.T. Ltd.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 790,047
  • Product dimensions: 8.72 (w) x 11.18 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7
Introduction 9
1. Getting Started 10
Setting up your Work Area 15
Colour is Exciting! 17
Creative Watercolour 24
Making Watercolour Behave 30
2. Landscape Elements 44
Into the Blue 45
Green is Beautiful 52
Trees for all Seasons 55
The Illusion of Space 64
Paint Along with Bill 67
3. Still Life 76
Autumn's Fruits 77
Still-Life Objects 96
Flowers in Bloom 100
4. Moving On 106
Using Photographs 107
Rules of Composition 109
Design It! 110
Figures 112
Student Gallery 114
Final Words 124
Bibliography 125
Index 127
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