The Perfect Watercolour: How to plan and paint successful watercolours

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9780004133737: The Perfect Watercolour: How to plan and paint successful watercolours

Everyone wants to paint the perfect watercolour but it is an unpredictable medium for beginners. By using Alan Oliver’s tonal layering technique and by following carefully the 12 step-by-step demonstration in this book, you will soon be painting watercolours you can be proud of.

In The Perfect Watercolour Alan Oliver’s unique teaching system shows you how to build up your paintings in carefully thought-out stages. In 12 practical demonstrations you can follow step-by-step as each element of the painting is added. Photographs show the progress of the complete painting and separate, accompanying artworks show exactly what has been done at each stage.

You can learn to paint the perfect watercolour by using the tonal layering technique and by:

• Planning your watercolour paintings carefully

• Building up your paintings in tonal layers with the light-to-dark technique

• Following the step-by-step demonstrations as the artists work on them

• Analysing your subject in terms of light and dark tonal values

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You too can learn to paint the “perfect” watercolour by using the tonal layering technique and by:
• Planning your watercolour paintings carefully to get the best results
• Building up your paintings in tonal layers with the light to dark technique
• Following the step-by-step demonstrations as the artitsts work on them
• Analysing your subject in terms of light and dark tonal values

Watercolour is one of the most creative and satisfying mediums to paint with, yet new painters are often discouraged by its unpredictable nature. A well-planned painting can use watercolour’s unique properties to give beautiful, atmospheric effects. Layered washes can evoke a misty morning or a blazing sunset. Working wet-in-wet can give wonderful blends of colours and extraordinary patterns of “back runs”. But learning how to use these effects in a controlled way is the biggest hurdle beginners face when they start to paint.

In 'The Perfect Watercolour', Alan Oliver has deivesd a unique teaching system to show you how to build up your paintings in carefully thought-out stages. In twelve practical demonstrations you will be able to follow step by step as each element of the painting is added. Photographs show the progress of the complete painting and seperate, accompanying artworks show exactly what has been done at each stage. Learing how to analyse the tones of shadow and light within a scene is the key to successful painting.

The demonstrations are arranged in themed sections that will help artists to tackle the crucial issues of how to paint light and dark, and how to paint detail, atmosphere, shadows, and patterns. Each demonstration also focuses on a specific topic – keeping colours fresh, luminous washes, using intense colour, and so on.

By planning each painting carefully and using the many techniques taught in this book, you can develop your own personal style of watercolour painting and approach any new subject with confidence. Soon you will be painting watercolours you can be really proud of.

ALAN OLIVER is a practising watercolour artist who has taught painting techniques for over twenty years for both holiday courses and adult education. In addition to many one-man shows in independent galleries, his work has been shown at the Royal Academy summer exhibition, at the Mail Galleries in group shows organized by the Pastel Society and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, and at the Bankside gallery with the Royal Watercolour Society. He lives near Melton Mowbry in Rutland, and has published two previous books: 'A Sketchbook of English Landscapes' and 'A Sketchbook of Rutland'.

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Alan Oliver is a watercolour artist who has taught painting for over 20 years. He exhibits his work at numerous art galleries and art societies throughout the UK.

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ALAN OLIVER
Published by COLLINS (1998)
ISBN 10: 0004133730 ISBN 13: 9780004133737
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