Watercolor

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The Painter's Corner is a series of profusely illustrated art instruction manuals. They can be used as informal self-teaching courses by ambitious amateur artists or as textbooks and reference sources in art and design classes. Each book presents exercises intended to improve and refine students' proficiency in different art subjects and media. Each title recommends artists' tools and supplies as well as providing instruction in techniques. This book discusses color theory as it applies to watercolor, and ...

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Overview

The Painter's Corner is a series of profusely illustrated art instruction manuals. They can be used as informal self-teaching courses by ambitious amateur artists or as textbooks and reference sources in art and design classes. Each book presents exercises intended to improve and refine students' proficiency in different art subjects and media. Each title recommends artists' tools and supplies as well as providing instruction in techniques. This book discusses color theory as it applies to watercolor, and instructs on techniques that include painting on both wet and dry paper.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764155604
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/15/2003
  • Series: The Painter's Corner Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 7.64 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
A Short History 9
A very ancient technique 10
Papyrus and parchment 10
Albrecht Durer: a master 11
Watercolor and tempera 11
Turner and the golden age of watercolor 12
The birth of modern watercolor 13
The twentieth century 13
A peculiarity 14
Materials and Tools 15
Brushes 16
Characteristics 16
Types of brushes 16
Sizes 17
Taking care of brushes 17
Watercolor paper 18
Types of paper 17
Stretching the paper 19
Paper in pads and individual sheets 19
The palette and the paints 20
Restoring the whiteness of the palette 20
Choice of watercolors 21
Pans of moist watercolors 21
Creamy watercolor paints 21
Jars of liquid watercolor paint 21
Painting outdoors 22
The outdoor easel 22
Auxiliary materials 23
Portfolio or drawing board 23
Camping chair 23
The studio 24
Lighting 24
Containers and accessories 25
An easel in the studio 25
Table 25
Preserving the work 26
Color and Its Shades 27
A basic outline of color theory 28
Primary colors 28
Secondary colors 29
Mixtures between primaries and secondaries 29
Mixtures of colors in varying proportions 29
Pictorial color 30
Color contrast 30
Contrast between complementary colors 30
Warm colors 31
Cool colors 31
Neutral colors 31
The range of colors 32
The professional palette 32
A beginner's palette 32
Instability of certain colors 33
The question of white 33
Types of colors 34
Transparent colors 34
Opaque colors 34
Staining colors 34
Special colors 34
Intensity of wet color 36
Starting to Paint 37
First, the drawing 38
Attention to perspective 39
The drawn painting 39
Transparency and opacity 40
Opaque colors 40
Water and transparency 40
Darkening and lightening a color 41
Painting on wet 42
Glazes 42
Positioning the paper 43
Opening up white areas on wet paper 43
Working on wet 44
The intonation of color 46
Gradations on dry 46
Gradations on wet 47
Applying gradations 48
The dry technique 50
Reserves 50
Reserves with masking fluid 50
Reserves with a solid color 51
Gradations and reserves 52
Dry-brush technique 54
Contrast and atmosphere 56
Other techniques 58
Scratching and creating grooves 58
Using solvents 59
Textures with salt 59
Splashing 59
Corrections 60
Watercolor in Practice 61
Clouds at twilight 62
Autumn still life 65
The sable hair paintbrush 67
Retouches 68
Flowers 69
Painting on dry and on wet 70
Reflections on the water 72
The white of the boat 74
Reflections on a lake 76
The preliminary wash 77
The symmetry of reflections 78
Yachts in the marina 80
Reflections 82
Nude figure 84
Final details 87
A portrait 88
Capturing the likeness 89
The finished portrait 91
Composition of an urban landscape 92
Related Barron's titles 96
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