The beauty of a watercolor painting lies in its diaphanous layers, delicate strokes, and luminous washes. However, the very features that define the beauty of the medium can make it difficult to master. This complete guide to understanding the relationships between color, value, wetness, and composition unravels the mysteries of watercolor to help your practice evolve. Experienced teacher and acclaimed artist Tom Hoffmann offers a unique, inquiry-based approach that shows you how to translate any subject into the language of watercolor. With Hoffmann as your guide, you’ll learn the key questions to ask yourself at every turn and time-tested methods to help you reach solutions. Hoffmann’s thorough explanations and step-by-step demonstrations delineate the process of composing a painting in watercolor, while art from more than thirty-five past and present masters, including John Singer Sargent, Ogden Pleissner, George Post, Emil Kosa, Jr., Mary Whyte, Trevor Chamberlain, Lars Lerin, Torgeir Schjølberg, Piet Lap, Leslie Frontz, and Alvaro Castagnet serve to illustrate and inspire. Whether you’re a serious beginner or a seasoned practitioner, this book will guide you toward the all-important balance between restraint and risk-taking that every watercolorist seeks. From the Hardcover edition.
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This thorough watercoloring guide starts with an up-to-date review of the tools and techniques used by today's watercolor artists and then offers detailed lessons in basic drawing skills. 420 color, 35 b&w illustrations.
At fifteen, Turner was already exhibiting View of Lambeth. He soon acquired the reputation of an immensely clever watercolourist. A disciple of Girtin and Cozens, he showed in his choice and presentation of theme a picturesque imagination which seemed to mark him out for a brilliant career as an illustrator. He travelled, first in his native land and then on several occasions in France, the Rhine Valley, Switzerland and Italy. He soon began to look beyond illustration. However, even in works in which we are tempted to see only picturesque imagination, there appears his dominant and guiding ideal of lyric landscape. His choice of a single master from the past is an eloquent witness for he studied profoundly such canvases of Claude as he could find in England, copying and imitating them with a marvellous degree of perfection. His cult for the great painter never failed. He desired his Sun Rising through Vapour and Dido Building Carthage to be placed in the National Gallery side by side with two of Claude’s masterpieces. And, there, we may still see them and judge how legitimate was this proud and splendid homage. It was only in 1819 that Turner went to Italy, to go again in 1829 and 1840. Certainly Turner experienced emotions and found subjects for reverie which he later translated in terms of his own genius into symphonies of light and colour. Ardour is tempered with melancholy, as shadow strives with light. Melancholy, even as it appears in the enigmatic and profound creation of Albrecht Dürer, finds no home in Turner’s protean fairyland – what place could it have in a cosmic dream? Humanity does not appear there, except perhaps as stage characters at whom we hardly glance. Turner’s pictures fascinate us and yet we think of nothing precise, nothing human, only unforgettable colours and phantoms that lay hold on our imaginations. Humanity really only inspires him when linked with the idea of death – a strange death, more a lyrical dissolution – like the finale of an opera.
Now published in full color for the first time, and with many new illustrations, this revised edition of The Art of Watercolor is a complete update of the classic text on this most popular of mediums. In a refreshing and entertaining style, Charles Le Clair covers every aspect of painting in watercolor, giving advice on essential materials and providing easy-to-follow sequential instruction on both traditional and special techniques. Here you will learn how to stretch paper and what colors you need in a basic palette; how to lay flat and graded washes on wet or dry paper; how to master value and color; how to set up a still life and develop a composition; and how to paint wet-into-wet. You'll also learn the tricks and thoughtful applications of special effects like dry-brush, salting, lifting, scraping, masking, spattering, and collage. But The Art of Watercolor is much more than a how-to manual - it presents a comprehensive course of study. Unlike any other watercolor instruction book, it integrates studio lessons on the technical and esthetic properties of the medium with art history. In covering the range of styles and methods, the author shows how a master watercolorist - John Singer Sargent, Paul Cezanne, Charles Demuth, Wassily Kandinsky - applied each approach in a particular work. You'll learn in detail how the different styles, everything from the realism of Winslow Homer to the expressionism of Charles Burchfield, represent the painting strategies these artists adopted with specific goals in mind. Up-to-the-minute applications of all these techniques are illustrated in the works of exciting contemporary masters as well - such as Andrew Wyeth, Janet Fish, Philip Pearlstein, and Neal Welliver. Exploring the three main areas of still life, landscape, and figure painting, The Art of Watercolor is a beautiful resource that professional artists, teachers, and students will value as the most informative and delightful book of its kind.
Master Techniques for Painting Stunning Works of Art in Acrylic-step by Step
Author: Alicia Vannoy Call
Publisher: Walter Foster
The Art of Painting in Acrylic is ideal for artists seeking to develop their acrylic painting skills. The book features a range of techniques and valuable step-by-step instruction for working with this classic medium.
This new edition of The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists has been fully revised and updated as well as including dozens of new entries offering an insightful and informative view of America's artistic heritage. An indispensable biographical and critical guide to American art from colonial times to contemporary postmodernism, this valuable resource provides readers with a wealth of factual detail and perceptive analysis of America's leading artists. This new edition has been updated to include a number of entries on prevailing topics such as body art, light and space, Indian-American art, scatter art, and transactional art, and features many new or greatly expanded biographical entries on artists such as Ida Applebroog, Guerilla Girls, Peter Hujar and Shirin Neshat. Morgan offers readers a wealth of authoritative information as well as well-informed analysis and criticism of artists and their work. Filled with fascinating historical background and penetrating insight, The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists is an essential resource for art lovers everywhere.