Collins Learn to Paint - Watercolour with the Experts

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9780007153558: Collins Learn to Paint - Watercolour with the Experts

This bumper volume brings together four of the most popular titles from the Collins Learn to Paint series, creating a complete practical guide to watercolour painting. Beginners will find inspiring expert guidance to help them get started on this fascinating pastime.

Learn to Paint Watercolours with the Experts combines the expertise of four acclaimed and well-known artists and teachers.

Top TV artist Alwyn Crawshaw introduces the reader to the indispensable art of sketch, both as a work in its own right and as the foundation for a later painting.

Expert painter David Bellamy takes the reader into the accessible outdoors, with his inspiring section on painting landscapes.

Internationally renowned artist Ron Ranson helps the reader to create more memorable watercolours by guiding them through the painting of skies, essential to adding atmosphere to a landscape.

Finally, acclaimed TV artist Hazel Soan helps the reader to experiment with colour to create vibrant and professional-looking effects.

The easy-to follow guide has tips on choosing materials and equipment and clear practical advice on watercolour techniques. It is packed with step-by-step demonstrations, exercises, helpful instruction and professional hints, as well as over 400 stunning colour illustrations.

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Alwyn Crawshaw has been an inspiration to millions of amateur painters around the world and has made seven television series for channel 4. He is the author of over 20 books on art instruction, including the best-selling Watercolour Painting Course, and runs popular painting holidays and courses. He is a regular contributor to Leisure Painter magazine and is Founder and past President of the Society of Amateur Artists. Alwyn is listed in the current edition of Who's Who in Art, and the Marquis Who's Who in the World.

David Bellamy has a tremendous following amongst leisure painters and he regularly gives talks, demonstrations and runs very popular painting holidays and courses. He is the author of five art-instruction books for Collins, including the best-selling David Bellamy's Watercolour Landscape Course. He has produced five successful videos and two HTV televsion series and is a regular contributor to Leisure Painter magazine.

Ron Ranson is a prolific writer and has over 25 painting titles to his credit, including the best-selling Watercolour Landscapes from Photographs. He runs very successful courses, both from his studio in the Wye Valley and in various places around the world, including Europe, Australia and the USA. Ron has made several instructional painting videos and was European Editor of The International Artist magazine for several years.

Hazel Soan has become well-known to millions as one of the resident art experts on the popular Channel 4 TV series Watercolour Challenge and through her many other TV and radio appearances, both in the UK and abroad. She is a successful international artist who divides her studio time between London, where she has her own gallery, and Cape Town, exhibiting her work widely. Hazel has written several art-instruction books, including Collins Watercolour Flower Painting Workshop, What Shall I Paint? and, most recently, Hazel Soan's African Watercolours, and has also made a number of successful videos on painting.

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Alwyn Crawshaw has written over 25 books on art instruction, all published by HarperCollins. He has a huge following among amateur painters and has made 8 successful TV series on Channel 4 and the Discovery Channel, as well as many videos on painting. Amongst other acheivements, Alwyn founded the Society of Amateur Artists, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a past president of the National Acrylic Painters’ Association. He regularly contributes to Leisure Painter magazine.



David Bellamy is well known for his atmospheric watercolour paintings, which can be found in private collections around the world, and is the author of several books published by HarperCollins. Highly regarded as a teacher of art, he has a tremendous following among amateur painters, runs extremely popular courses and workshops and has produced a number of successful videos on watercolour painting.



Hazel Soan is a successful artist with an international reputation. She divides her studio time between London and Cape Town, exhibits her work widely, and her paintings can be found in collections worldwide. She is the author of 7 books on painting, regularly contributes to art magazines, and runs very popular painting holidays. She was an Art Expert on Channel 4’s Watercolour Challenge and has made a number of other radio and TV appearances both in the UK and abroad.

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