Master Techniques for Creating Stunning Works of Art in Watercolor
Author: Thomas Needham
Publisher: Walter Foster Pub
An inclusive how-to-paint book, The Art of Watercolor Painting features simple step-by-step projects, as well as instruction for employing a variety of watercolor techniques, including creating washes and working wet into wet.
At the Royal Academy exhibition of 1794, Paul Sandby (17251809) exhibited his newly paintedA View of Vinters at Boxley, Kent, with Mr. Whatman's Turkey Paper Mills.Sandby, one of the founding members of the Royal Academy and one of the preeminent British landscape painters of the day, included the celebrated Whatman papermaking mill at the center of this landscape composition. James Whatman I and his son James Whatman II were the most famous English papermakers of the eighteenth century, and by 1760 Turkey Mill was the largest paper mill in the country. This handsome and engaging book looks at how theView of Vinters and Turkey Millis both a superb example of Sandby's art and an important document of the rise of industry in the British countryside and of the intertwined developments of papermaking and the art of painting in watercolor. It also features other watercolors by Sandby and materials relating to the processes of papermaking and to the Whatman family and its mill.
Much is made of the spiritual aspects of creating artwork, from subject matter to techniques, dark nights of the soul, and painterly frustration. The most important component in painting spiritually is, of course, the artist. The experience of creating art is not always a blissful one. Often the peace needed to find inspiration is not present. Ms. Bryant presents her readers with meditative essays that are art lessons in both watercolor and spirituality designed to help artists "get out of their own way" and create more soulfully.
Beginners and accomplished artists alike have long been attracted to the beauty and spontaneity of watercolor painting. From the fundamentals to special tips and techniques, The Art of Watercolor is filled with easy-to-follow, step-by-step demonstrations that guide aspiring artists through the watercolor process. Inside, you will learn essential art theory, including color mixing, composition, perspctive, and light and shadow. You will also explore the range of possibilities for using expressive color, as well as techniques for watercolor pencils and Chinese brush. Discover how exciting painting in watercolor can be!
"Here is a new, handsomely redesigned edition of a classic text. Charles Le Clair covers every aspect of painting in watercolor, giving advice on essential materials and providing sequential instruction in both traditional and special techniques." "But The Art of Watercolor is much more than a how-to-manual; it is completely unique among watercolor instruction books in that it is the only handbook offering a comprehensive course of study of the kind found in a university or professional art school; features the work of historical masters of the medium, including Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, and Paul Cezanne, along with work by such contemporary stars as Carolyn Brady, Joseph Raffael, and Andrew Wyeth; offers how-to techniques in the context of visual ideas, with technical explanations related to esthetic concepts; and combines studio information with art-historical comment as no other such book has done."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Thomas Girtin (1775-1802) was one of Britain's greatest landscape painters. In a tragically short career, he developed a technique that revolutionized watercolor painting and produced powerful works, providing one of the cornerstones of Romantic landscape imagery. His talent was such that his friend J.M.W. Turner acknowledged: If Tom Girtin had lived, I should have starved.Published to accompany the first comprehensive overview of Girtin's career for 25 years, this book brings together the most outstanding examples of his work in stunning colorplates. It offers a revaluation of his achievements and a wide-ranging analysis of his working methods and materials, as well as of his relations with patrons, the print trade, and fellow professional artists. This book will restore the reputation of this astonishing painter.
A Beginner's Step-by-Step Guide to Painting Modern Calligraphy and Lettered Art
Author: Kelly Klapstein
Publisher: Quarry Books
Learn to letter beautifully with watercolor. In this stunning follow-up to her highly praised and influential first book, The Art of Brush Lettering, lettering expert and workshop instructor Kelly Klapstein (popular on Instagram as @kellycreates) shares her secrets for mastering the essential techniques for creating lovely modern lettering and calligraphy with watercolor. Start with the basics, from choosing paints, brushes, and other supplies to preparing your paper for painting. Learn to handle watercolor paints with essential strokes and warm-ups. Explore painting letterforms in a variety of styles,from traditional to modern. Try a range of creative techniques, including blending ombrés and rainbows, creating pictorial letterforms, and combining watercolor with other mediums. Enhance your lettering with special touches by complementing it with handpainted backgrounds and simple illustrations. With The Art of Watercolor Lettering, you’ll learn how to master the medium—and how to go with the watercolor flow—to create one-of-a-kind lettered art and calligraphy that reflect your unique personal style.