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This superb guide, written by a famous artist and teacher, is one of the most useful, comprehensive, and popular watercolor painting books ever published. Its reputation is such that scarce copies of earlier editions command up to $300 on the rate book market. Based on the author's years of experience. It offers a definitive guide to the art of watercolor painting, starting with the nuts and bolts - paper, colors, palette, and brushes - and with exercises to give the beginner experience in using washes on both dry and wet paper. The author goes on to demonstrate how to create successful paintings, giving specific, detailed instruction for creating landscapes and for painting portraits and figures - instructions that come vividly to life in two 16-page full-color sections showing the steps involved in creating seven of his own watercolors. Other chapters focus on design principles and design elements, drawing, and matting, framing, and selling completed works of art. Beautifully designed and illustrated, this invaluable, hard-to-find book will be treasured by all watercolorists - from complete beginners to the experienced painter looking for ways to improve his or her own paintings.
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Introduction 1. Tools for Watercolor THE VIRTUES OF WATERCOLOR WATERCOLOR'S NATURE THE TOOLS PAPER AND COLORS STRETCHING PAPER COLOR PRESS PAPER SMOOTH PAPER PALETTE BRUSHES COLOR PALETTE WATER CAN KNIFE OTHER TOOLS CARRYING THE TOOLS 2. The Drills FLAT WASH ON DRY PAPER FLAT WASH ON WET PAPER GRADED WASH ON DRY PAPER GRANULATED WASH "THE "LIFT" WET IN WET DIFFUSIONS COLOR DRILL 3. Painting the Picture THE CREATIVE CONCEPT EMOTIONAL INVOLVEMENT BEING SELECTIVE SUBJECT MATTER SYMBOLS SIGNIFICANT DESIGN SHAPES PATTERS SIX PATTERN SCHEMES CONTRIVING THE DESIGN THE SMALL ROUGH DESIGNING WITH A LARGE BRUSH "SEEING" A VALID DESIGN" DESIGNING WITH THE PENCIL NOTATED SKETCHES QUICKIES CHOOSING THE TECHNIQUE ORGANIZING YOUR PICTURE EXPRESSION IN LOWEST POSSIBLE TERMS RESTRICTING YOUR VALUES SEEING VALUE DIFFERENCES BEST VALUE SEQUENCE "KEYING" VISUAL STRENGTH OF WHITE MIX COLOR ON THE PAPER WATERCOLOR METHODS WETTING THE PAPER KEEPING THE PAPER WET RE-WETTING DRYING DRY BRUSH CORRECTIONS RECLAIMING LOST WHITES USING UNSUCCESSFUL PAINTINGS DEMONSTRATION PAINTINGS 4. Landscape Painting SUN ON PAPER? TREES WOOD INTERIOR BIRCHES SAND DUNES MOONLIGHT THE OCEAN SURF ROCKS SNOW REFLECTIONS IN WATER SKIES CLOUDS FOG OUTDOOR LIGHT GRAY DAYS INTERIORS OTHER LAWS OF THREE DIMENSIONS DESIGN CHARACTER GRADATION FOREGROUNDS RELATED FIGURES EDGES DEMONSTRATION PAINTINGS 5. Figure and Portrait Painting "FRESHNESS, ESSENTIAL" "THE "PUDDLE" METHOD" DRY METHOD A DRY METHOD B DRY METHOD C DRY METHOD D WET METHOD A WET METHOD B BACKGROUNDS SEEING YOUR MODEL USING THE LAWS OF LIGHT PAINTING MEANS WORK 6. Principles of Design UNITY CONFLICT DOMINANCE REPETITION ALTERNATION BALANCE HARMONY GRADATION A NECESSARY TOOL EIGHT WORDS: DESIGN PRINCIPLES FIFTEEN WORDS: PRINCIPLES AND ELEMENTS OF DESIGN PAINTINGS IN COLOR 7. Elements of Design LINE VALUE COLOR HUE VALUE INTENSITY MONOCHROMATIC HARMONY COMPLEMENTARY HARMONY ANALOGOUS HARMONY SPLIT COMPLEMENTARY TRIADIC HARMONY TEXTURE SHAPE SIZE DIRECTION USING THESE ELEMENTS BOTH ARTIST AND CRITIC 8. Drawing DRAWING IS THE FOUNDATION UNDERSTANDING THE FIGURE USING PRINCIPLES DRAWING EVERYWHERE VARY YOUR DRAWINGS VARY YOUR TOOLS SEEING VOLUME VARY THE LINES DRAWING WITH ALL THE SENSES CONTOUR DRAWING GESTURE DRAWING THE EXPERIENCE STUDY THE LIGHTING CAST SHADOWS DRAPERY SOLID FORMS SHADE AND SHADOW PERSPECTIVE LOCAL COLOR VALUE FRESHNESS STRUCTURE DRAUGHTSMAN'S MISCELLANY BE BOLD DRAW CONTINUOUSLY 9. "Matting, Framing, and Selling" MATTING FRAMING PRICING 10. A Craft Philosophy and Art Today YOUR EMOTIONS A CRAFT PHILOSOPHY PAINTING TODAY WHAT IS ART? 11. Color Demonstrations Notes Conclusion Epilogue Bibliography Index

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