Color is one of the most important aspects of painting, and most artists find it both a fascinating and challenging subject. Shirley Trevena, author of Taking Risks with Watercolour, is well-known for her vibrant watercolor style. Here she demonstrates color theory through a series of simple exercises that illustrate how the principles work in practice, with fascinating sections on using just single colors and neutrals, and how to mix colors in unusual ways to create interesting and sometimes unconventional effects. The role of color to evoke mood and atmosphere is also covered, and throughout the book Shirley's stunning watercolors provide valuable inspiration for artists looking to develop their own style. The key features of the book include Explore Further exercises, studio tips, practical projects, Food for Thought discussion points, and step-by-step demonstrations. In addition, to provide a broader view and show different ways of using color, the work of several guest artists is featured.
Learn to Paint Vibrant Watercolours is a new title in HarperCollins' successful Learn to Paint series. Hazel Soan, with her colourful and lively style of painting, offers an exciting, contemporary approach to working in watercolour, the most popular medium of all. Every painter wants to paint vibrant pictures but sometimes it can be difficult to capture that special quality on paper. In Learn to Paint Vibrant Watercolours Hazel Soan provides plenty of helpful advice on how to use watercolour in a bold and lively way, emphasizing the importance of using colour confidently, creating a strong composition, and evoking a powerful sense of atmosphere in your paintings. Contents include: * tips on choosing painting materials * clear, practical advice on watercolour techniques * guidelines on using colour effectively and creating atmosphere * a range of popular subjects, including landscapes, still life, flowers and people * stage-by-stage demonstration paintings
Vibrancy and impact are qualities that experienced watercolor artists aspire towards, and this book provides a full course in how to push this popular medium to unexpected places. Packed with inspirational artworks that cover everything from landscapes and portraits to abstract watercolors, this is a vibrant book that demands attention.
Paint Watercolors that Shine! Make the most of watercolor's fresh, vibrant nature through light, color and contrast. In the first few chapters, artist Soon Y. Warren helps you lay the groundwork - everything from choosing and lighting subjects to color theory and perspective. Then, follow along with a thrilling series of step-by-step demonstrations to put your ideas into action for paintings that shine! Learn how color, value, contrast and composition affect the impact of your paintings Discover the plans and techniques you'll need for successful, realistic watercolors Follow 16 demonstrations to create brilliant paintings Paint a variety of subjects, including still life, landscapes, water scenes, flowers, architecture and animals This book is the perfect balance of classic theory and hands-on technique. Engaging and easy-to-follow instruction gives you a solid foundation so you can take your work to the next level as you create dynamic paintings.
Flower Painting offers the reader an approach which frees the novice from the constrictions so often imposed by tutors. It is a new way of both seeing and painting flowers in all their variety, complexity and delight, with emphasis on color as related to flowers including how to put that intensity of color down, with the appropriate tools, so as to lose none of the freshness that emanates from nature.
This best-selling title will be relaunched in September 05 with a fresh new cover design. Hazel Soan, with her colourful and lively style of painting, offers an exciting, contemporary approach to working in watercolour, the most popular medium of all.
Shirley Trevena is a successful and popular watercolourist with a huge international fan base. Throughout her career Shirley has pushed the boundaries of watercolour and is regarded as one of Britain’s most innovative artists in that medium. Shirley’s watercolours are vibrant in colour, visually inspiring and strong in composition. In this book, Shirley shares her thoughts, ideas, stories and sketches of more than 100 paintings to give a valuable insight into the evolving work of a much-loved artist. Shirley breaks the conventional rules of watercolour in many different ways: through her exciting compositions, strange perspectives and above all, the strength and vibrancy of her colour combinations. In this exciting and inspiring book, Shirley gives her personal view of painting and shares her creative process with us.
Create Beautiful Watercolor Paintings in Twelve Easy Lessons You Can Paint Vibrant Watercolors in Twelve Easy Lessons by leading Japanese watercolorist Yuko Nagayama reveals the artist's unique and highly successful process for creating beautiful paintings. Complete with step-by-step illustrations and detailed instructions, Nagayama's approach makes learning the medium simple and fun for beginning painters—and serves as an invaluable resource for more experienced painters as well as those who are looking to refresh their skills. From learning how to mix colors on a palette to adding highlights and shadows to produce depth, Nagayama offers all the essential techniques, along with numerous helpful tips and tricks, that make this guide an ideal reference for painters of all levels.
Dan Burt''s paintings vibrate with pure colour, a look that many strive for but find hard to capture. In this guide to watercolour painting the author explains his techniques in an easily understood way.'
English landscape watercolor painting, a perfect marriage of genre and medium, entered a lively period of experimentation in style and content during the second half of the nineteenth century, with rich and diverse results. Through all the changes of style and technique and all the debates over the appropriate use of the medium, it was watercolor's ability to convey the timeless truth and reality of the natural world that mattered to artists, critics, and audiences. British watercolors of the Victorian period continued to observe an essential humility before nature; they remain fresh and compellingly immediate because they derived in the first place from the artists' heartfelt communion with the elements of nature. Victorian Landscape Watercolors begins with a consideration of the continuing influence of the great generation who earlier in the century, during the extraordinary parallel rise of watercolor and landscape painting, had established the landscape watercolor as a major British contribution to the arts. The second chapter examines the role of the landscape watercolor in the aesthetic thought of John Ruskin, whose critical voice played a dominant role in shaping that art. The third chapter looks at the place of landscape within the watercolor societies and its development as it appeared in their annual exhibitions. The final chapter deals with the tug of new and old, foreign and native in the later Victorian period. The book also features 126 watercolors, from public and private collections in America and England, all reproduced in full color and accompanied by individual commentaries. Among the 76 artists represented are David Cox, Sr. and Jr., Walter Crane, William Holman Hunt, Edward Lear, Samuel Palmer, James Mallord William Turner, James McNeill Whistler, and Ruskin himself, along with dozens of lesser-known masters of the medium. Victorian Landscape Watercolors is published in conjunction with the first exhibition to survey this period of this particularly British contribution to the arts; the exhibition, organized by the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut, will also be seen at the Cleveland Museum of Art and in Birmingham, England.