Painting & Drawing

Watercolour Painting Books

  • IYBW
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    This contemporary and stylish book highlights all the incredible things you can do with the classic art form of watercolour painting.

    Watercolour has often been seen as conventional, easy to manage and perhaps inoffensive... this book changes everything. It shows you how to use a variety of modern techniques and learn a host of new tricks.

    Written by fashion illustrator Veronica Ballart Lilja, it reveals how you can use luminous colour, dynamic composition, mixed media and so much more. From choosing the correct materials to using different object, it even showcases enhanced techniques like creating silhouettes for painting city skylines.
  • BWAT
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    If you want to start painting or are looking to hone your skills, Beginner's Watercolour will inspire you to pick up a brush and a palette in order to create your own masterpieces.

    Suitable for all ages, it will show you the basics of painting with watercolour - from building up washes to mixing colours and creating the impressions of light and shade. There is also advice on how you can use effects such as spattering, sponging and stippling.

    A brilliant book bursting with advice for all those who want to paint - whether you're interested in portraying landscapes, still lives or people.
  • ARPT
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    If you've always dreamed of painting or if you just want to hone your creative skills further, Artist's Painting Techniques is a book that will help you explore art with watercolours, oils and acrylics.

    A book that encourages you to discover your own style and grow as an artist, it starts with the basics of painting such as developing your observational skills and learning how to draw and then gradually progresses to working with the different types of paint.

    It will explain everything you need to know about tone, colour, pattern, brushwork and composition and build your confidence. It also has inspiring advice from practising artists and will take you through a range of projects that will hone your skills, step by step.
    Ian Sidaway
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    This title helps you in mastering the art of drawing and painting with step-by-step projects and techniques shown in over 2450 photographs. This is a boxed set of fully illustrated practical guides to painting and drawing with watercolours, oils, acrylics, gouaches and charcoal. It includes a complete guide to artist's materials. This is a comprehensive teaching course from beginner level to advanced skills: the different strokes, washes, and how to mix the paints to create the right palette, drawing outlines, shading and tonal work, line and wash, sketching, using negative spacing, blending, frottage and sgraffito, as well as fundamental principles such as understanding perspective, composition and colour. This instructive painting course offers step-by-step projects to help you to put the basics into practice. There are projects for beginners, and others for intermediate painters, grouped by subject and by complexity. Covering the varied media of watercolours, acrylics, oils, gouache and drawing, this new box set is the perfect practical art guide whether you are a complete beginner or a more experienced artist looking for inspiration and to expand your skills. Each concisely written, beautifully illustrated book begins with a helpful introduction that explains the basics for each technique, plus some of the fundamentals of art, such as colour theory, scale and perspective. Each then offers small-scale practice exercises and 20 to 25 projects, shown step by step. Whatever your level of experience, these accessible and inspiring handbooks are packed with practical advice and tips for every new artist.
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    Terry Harrison uses his wealth of experience to show how to paint watercolour landscapes the easy way. Terry's own range of brushes are purpose made to help painters create the best effects with minimum effort. This book explains what all the brushes can be used for and shows what techniques are needed for landscape painting. There is then a series of beautiful step-by-step demonstrations showing the brushes and techniques in action. Following on from Terry's hugely successful Brush With Watercolour, this book has more effects, more techniques and more beautiful paintings.
    Joachim Homann
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    An intimate art form, drawing offers a direct connection to one's imagination; a means of exercising the eye, brain, and the hand; and a way to spark new ideas and resolve pictorial challenges. This volume features more than 100 exceptional drawings, pastels, watercolors, and collages from the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, which has been collecting drawings since the 1811 bequest of James Bowdoin III. The works exemplify what compels artists to draw and thus illustrate the ongoing relevance of drawing as the most foundational artistic practice. Gathered here for the first time in a book, the range, quality, and uniqueness of the drawings will captivate anyone interested in drawing as an art form. Reproduced in gorgeous color illustrations, works from Peter Paul Rubens to Mary Cassatt, Ed Ruscha, and Jim Dine are accompanied by brief commentary. Statements from acclaimed contemporary artists, leading curators, and distinguished scholars provide insights into the creative process. Why Draw? grants personal access to this singular, evolving collection and will appeal to art lovers everywhere.
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    Take a journey with the master, Lian Quan Zhen!From landscapes and architecture to people and animals, Lian Quan Zhen has painted it all. Inside "Chinese Watercolor Journeys with Lian Quan Zhen," you will see beautiful paintings in both the Chinese and Western styles. Filled with tips and stories, you'll learn about Lian's techniques and artistic journey. The large, colorful images will inspire you to take a journey of your own.
    Tom Hoffmann
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    It is a thoughtful and fresh approach to one of the most popular paint mediums. It emphasis on taking chances and making informed risks makes this book invaluable to serious watercolourists. It features artwork with a wide range of subjects and styles. For serious watercolourists seeking a vibrant expressive quality in their work. "Watercolor Painting" is designed to promote a more thoughtful, fresh and original approach to watercolour. A medium known for its beguiling ironies, watercolour takes great skill to control, yet must appear to be free of control. Throughout the book, notable artist and teacher Tom Hoffmann stressed that students of watercolour must understand that realising the potential of watercolour involves taking chances and informed risks. The key to success lies in knowing what will happen when brush touches paper.
    Rachel Rubin Wolf
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    Let there be light! (And darks!) Valuable lessons from 130 modern-day watercolor masters. There is no more fundamental duality than that of light and dark. For the artist, no element is more effective at conveying a sense of space or directing the viewer's eye. A strong value composition is key to bringing drama to city scenes and capturing nature's gloriously fleeting lighting effects. The dynamic interplay between intense shadows and sparkling highlights can elevate otherwise ordinary subjects and imbue portraits with soul. Splash 18 explores how acclaimed watercolor artists use value to give their paintings meaning, energy and life. The result is another bold collection of expressive art, rich with insight from the artists themselves on how they strive for and achieve expression. See what happens when artists paint what they love, and love what they paint. *130 paintings reproduced in brilliant, juicy color* Contemporary artists share how strategic value placement gives power and punch to their work* A breathtaking range of styles and subjects--from skyscrapers and still lifes to figures, faces and cherished pets"If the composition of the lightest and darkest values alone is interesting, you are more than halfway there before you even start to paint." --Mark McDermott, p20 "Life is full of ups and downs, like a symphony of light and dark." --Lim Bee Tat, p33 "The true subject is not an orchid, but the celebration of light and shadow." --Jaimie Cordero, p119 "Strong values leave strong impressions." --Keiko Yasuoka, p128 "The purity of light showcases the mystery of darks." --Linda Daly Baker, p135
    Shirley Trevena
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    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.
    Franny Moyle
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    The extraordinary life of J. M. W Turner, one of Britain's most admired, misunderstood and celebrated artists J. M. W. Turner is Britain's most famous landscape painter. Yet beyond his artistic achievements, little is known of the man himself and the events of his life: the tragic committal of his mother to a lunatic asylum, the personal sacrifices he made to effect his stratospheric rise, and the bizarre double life he chose to lead in the last years of his life. A near-mythical figure in his own lifetime, Franny Moyle tells the story of the man who was considered visionary at best and ludicrous at worst. A resolute adventurer, he found new ways of revealing Britain to the British, astounding his audience with his invention and intelligence. Set against the backdrop of the finest homes in Britain, the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution, this is an astonishing portrait of one of the most important figures in Western art and a vivid evocation of Britain and Europe in flux. Set against this spectacular and ultimately controversial career, Moyle also excavates the private Turner. Psychologically wounded as a child, by a family torn apart by death and mental illness, she suggests a man who could not embrace relationships fully until the very end of his life. Only then did he succumb to his love for the widowed Sophia Booth, concealing this all too human aspect of his life behind an assumed identity. She mines the poignancy of his final years, when, with his health ailing, Turner sought solace in a secret private life that had eluded him before and that he knew would scandalise the new generation of Victorians.
    Martin Holman
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    Barbara Nicholls: Sedimentary Flow is the first substantial publication on the British artist Barbara Nicholls, who has been producing work for over 30 years. The title focusing on Nicholls monumental watercolour works.These paintings emerged by manipulating the behaviour of pigment in ever-increasing quantities of water. As such their production remains consistent with Nicholls' approach to art production over the years, when she has stitched, drawn, covered, cut, built and otherwise extracted her media from sites of chaos.The book includes a specially commissioned essay by Martin Holman, whose writing on contemporary and modern visual art has appeared in leading art press outlets since 1979. He is a regular contributor to international media outlets such as Cura, Freize, Art Review and Art Monthly. His essays analyses Nicholls' watercolour works as well as the history of her practice prior to their creation. Holman's previously work about Nicholls appeared in the catalogue for Et in Arcadia Ego-Weltchaos & Idylle, Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Germany 2015. Barbara Nicholls lives and works in London."
    Stephen Quiller
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    This title offers solid and in-depth instruction from a watermedia expert and top author. It includes tips and techniques for developing a personal style. Quiller is a well established name is the art world. He has sold over 100, 000 books worldwide.Join renowned artist Stephen Quiller on a journey of art discovery and exploration. Part One looks at watercolours, with illustrations of it's visual characteristics and their effects with different paper surfaces. Part Two focuses on acrylics, gouache, and casein. In Part Three, Quiller shares his secrets for the most difficult aspect of painting - developing a personal style and vision. Packed with Quiller's thoughts and ideas on painting philosophy, this is an inspiring guide to living a creative life and creating art.
    Michael J. Reardon
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    Painting Light and Color in the Modern Landscape is a guidebook to help artists of all skill levels to create watercolors that are imbued with light and mood by working with value and color. For beginners, the basic materials and techniques are covered in detail, based largely on questions the author had when he was learning and the questions that his students ask him today. The remainder of the book is filled with practical lessons intended to advance the overall knowledge and confidence of the reader. One aspect that will be unique to this book is that the author will share personal, disastrous learning experiences with readers as a means of both encouragement and entertainment and to illustrate the point that anyone can learn, anyone can improve and anyone can master this particular subject matter. In addition to 12 individual step-by-step demonstrations , approximately 27 gallery pieces with detailed explanations of the painting techniques and concepts used to create the painting.
    Leslie Frontz
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    In the tradition of the eminently practical, top-selling guides such as How to Make a Watercolor Paint Itself (9780823099771) and Problem Solving for Oil Painters (9780823040971), this straightforward handbook offers a fresh approach to watercolour mastery that bridges the gap between theory and practice. Through thoughtful discussion, expert instruction, and in-depth step-by-step demonstrations, Leslie Frontz shows readers how to eliminate common barriers to achieve beautiful, captivating watercolour paintings. Beginning with teaching readers how to see with an artist's eye, Frontz then establishes how watercolour painters build on this skill by making timely decisions throughout the creation process.
    Leslie Redhead
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    A year's worth of tips, techniques, advice and more! Make watercolor a part of your daily life, turning every day into inspiration for your art. Designed to fit your life, Watercolor 365--the first watercolor book of its kind--provides a complete education in the medium, one bite-sized bit of information at a time. Open it daily to find a new tip, idea, technique or challenge...all aimed at getting you into the habit and mindset of an artist. Inside you'll find:*52 mini step-by-step demonstrations (like painting skin tones and adding texture)*52 Q&A's (based on questions received on social media, in workshops, and from blogs)*52 troubleshooting tips (such as how to remove masking fluid that has had too long to dry and how to lift paint)*52 bits of creative advice (suck as why you should consider taking a painting holiday and keeping photographic records of your process)*52 general tips (such as basic composition and transferring images for painting)*52 definitions (clear, concise definitions of terminology, such as value and atmospheric perspective)*52 exercises to improve your artistic skills (simple lessons for techniques like glazing and mixing grays)
    Jean Haines
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    Accomplished artist Jean Haines shares her passion for watercolours in this wonderfully practical book. Known for her exciting techniques and love of colour, Jean takes you on an inspirational painting journey on which you'll encounter, amongst other things, magical watercolour flow, glorious washes, sunbursts, and a magnificent 'hotting it up' finale. With her simple exercises, clear advice and easy-to-follow projects, Jean pushes the boundaries and will alter the way you think about watercolours and painting for ever. With a selection of popular subjects, including animals, landscapes, buildings,flowers and people, there is something for everyone here, whatever their artistic ability.
    Simon Williams
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    A practical guide to using gouache in botanical painting, by a leading botanical painter. Gouache is an opaque water-based medium, often called body colour, that produces crisp and vibrant paintings, and is becoming increasingly popular in botanical painting. Leading botanical painter, Simon Williams, specializes in painting in gouache and this is his first book. Botanical Painting in Gouache is full of practical advice on all aspects of using the exciting medium of gouache and contains many step-by-step demonstration paintings. In addition to the sumptuous flower paintings there are also sections on painting butterflies, birds and exotic and unusual plants from the rainforest.
    Glen Scouller
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    Glen Scouller's paintings are full of vibrant colour and light. In Colour and Line in Watercolour - his first book - he explains how he achieves these effects. He combines traditional watercolour techniques with adding pen and ink, pastels and crayons to create paintings brimming with colour and spontaneity. Using step-by-step demonstration paintings, Scouller shows how he builds up his paintings, working first in watercolour and adding other media to create his original style. He gives advice on his methods and techniques and encourages the reader to experiment with mixed media. He believes that keeping a sketchbook is very important, especially when travelling and shares tips on how to start and use one. There are also sections on painting outdoors and in the studio. The subjects covered are boats and boatyards, landscapes, still life, animals and figures and portraits. Colour and Line in Watercolour encourages all watercolourists, whatever their level, to experiment with the medium and produce exciting and challenging work of their own by adding line in various mixed media to their watercolours.
    Gordon D'Arcy
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    First captivated by the Burren in the early 1970s, Gordon D'Arcy has spent over thirty years living on its edge and exploring its remarkable natural heritage and rich human history. Now he celebrates the flora, fauna and people of the region with stories from his diaries and original watercolours that convey a deep affection and intimacy.Join Gordon in rambling the length and breadth of this renowned place, through its moods and seasons, befriending its diverse inhabitants, and breathing the Atlantic air that whispers its welcome to all comers.
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    Joe Francis Dowden is the master of painting extraordinarily realistic water, and here he shares his tips and techniques in a complete guide to painting this vital element in watercolour. There is expert guidance on painting what you see, composition, making water look wet, painting various types of reflection, and more, then there are 7 stunning step-by-step demonstrations including children on wet sand, a swan on rippled water, deep water and an amazing sparkling sea.
    Jean Haines
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    Step into Jean Haines' distinctive, exciting world of watercolour with this, the ultimate guide to her influences, style and work. Jean's loose, expressive paintings are filled with colour and personality, embracing a range of subjects that includes flowers, animals, people and places, all influenced by the countries and cities she's lived in and the people she's met during her life. This beautiful book contains easy-to-follow and inspiring introductory sections such as 'an artist's treasure chest' and 'the colour gym', offering practical guidance and in-depth exercises in an innovative and accessible way, and the numerous examples of Jean's work will inspire and encourage novice as well as experienced artists. After this introductory section, the book shows the reader how to put the skills they've learned into practice with gorgeous step-by-step projects packed full of expert tips and advice, encouraging them to move forward and develop their own style of working. Like her painting, Jean's writing is filled with passion and enthusiasm, transporting the reader through a world of watercolour that will not fail to excite and inspire.
    Ann Blockley
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    An inspirational and practical art manual, packed with step-by-step projects. Artist Ann Blockley is renowned for her innovative approach to watercolour painting. Her highly anticipated new book provides a series of workshops demonstrating how to push the boundaries of watercolour, using key techniques to develop your own work and take your paintings to the next level. Ann's easy-to-follow, step-by-step projects demonstrate how some of her most dramatic paintings are created. She describes in detail some of the key techniques used and how you can experiment with alternative methods to create your own interpretations. Finally, her beautiful and inspirational artworks demonstrate how different interpretations of a subject might take an unexpected or unusual direction, and how to make the most of these opportunities. The book moves, with progressively challenging projects, from loose wildflower meadows, textured woodland and rustic rambling walls to atmospheric or semi-abstract landscape corners, all rendered in Ann's adventurous signature style. Loose, expressive mark-making and unusual techniques include combining water-based paint and ink with granulation medium for dramatic texture, drawing with twigs, using gesso and collage to create unique effects; manipulating paint with materials such as plastic wrap (clingfilm); developing printed marks made using found materials. Following the huge demand for more practical guidance in experimental painting, the book provides plenty of techniques and instruction. Ann's personal commentary also gives a unique insight into the mind of the artist - ways of looking at your subject, how to explore and experiment - to unlock the potential of your watercolour painting.
    Lanie Goodman
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    Extraordinary in scale, infinitesimal in detail, and sumptuous in colour, the paintings of master watercolourist Joseph Raffael plumb the depths of nature's beauty. Eighty-eight works of deep reflection, awe, and joy selected for this volume were created in his home and garden in Cap D'Antibes, France, overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean Sea.Raffael's radiant vision of the natural world, including flowers, fish and water, has garnered critical praise throughout his long career. "Despite their iconic serenity when seen from a distance," wrote art critic Robert Hughes, "Raffael's paintings disclose a bejewelled profusion of incident close up," concluding that the artist's colour-drenched canvases display "a tender virtuosity without parallel in other American figurative painting today."It might be said that water, a symbol of life and constant change, is both Raffael's muse and teacher. The artist becomes its conduit as his colour-saturated brush glides along the surface of the white paper. "Watercolours have a mind of their own. I just need to show up and be present," he tells Betsy Dillard Stroud in her interview with the 82-year old artist.Lanie Goodman, a fellow resident in the South of France, visits Raffael at work in his light- filled studio, which she describes, in her biographical profile of the artist, as his haven and heaven. With tables of brushes and glass dishes of paint, the carefully cultivated garden by his wife Lannis, and the blue sea beyond, Raffael joins the long legacy of artists - Bonnard, Renoir, Matisse, Leger among them - nourished by this life and vista. Raffael's home, where artist and nature are in constant dialogue, accounts for the artist's luminous painting, their symphonic colour, and the splendour we behold in them. In his essay "A Walk in Beauty," David Pagel identifies Raffael's worlds within worlds as profound instances of big-picture thinking - the best possible experience of both Nature and Art.