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The artist's watercolour problem solver : practical solutions to common watercolour problems
Christy, Geraldine.
Publication Information:
London : Collins, [2003]

Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
General Note:
Previously published in The Artist magazine.
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Artist Magazine.
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ND2420 .A78 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This title, based on "The Artist" magazine's popular problem-solving column, offers advice to aspiring watercolour artists. Watercolour is the most popular painting medium of all but many leisure painters find themselves held back by frustrating pitfalls. Here, a variety of professional artists provide helpful solutions to many of the most frequently asked questions. Illustrations aim to ensure that the advice is not only practical and straightforward, but also inspiring. Numerous topics are covered, including: finding new subjects; working from sketches; mixing watercolours effectively; and portraying difficult subjects such as fabric and sunlight. A variety of popular subjects are also included, from landscapes and seascapes to still life, interiors, people, buildings and flowers.

Author Notes

The Artist magazine has a circulation of more than 40,000 and is one of the top magazines for amateur painters in the UK.

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Library Journal Review

Like a good magazine, this book is both fun and informative. Dip into it anywhere, and your attention will be caught. The book is based on the "Practical Problem Solver" feature in Britain's Artist magazine, which was first published in the U.K. in 1931 and is now one of the most respected art magazines for amateur painters. Here, 12 top artists creatively answer a broad spectrum of questions, from the practical "How can I choose and mix the right blues when painting skies and seascapes?" to more complex issues like "Why do I have problems working up a satisfactory finished picture from an exciting sketchbook study?" A wide variety of subjects is included, ranging from people, flowers, and fabrics to landscapes, interiors, and still lifes. Having 12 featured artists assures a rich source of ideas, styles, and inspiration. Highly recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Sally BulginJohn LidzeyJohn MitchellJudi WhittonPaul RileyRay BalkwillJulie CollinsAnuk NaumannGerald GreenTom RobbBarry HernimanJohn LidzeyTom RobbJudi WhittonHilary JacksonAnuk NaumannTom RobbSally FisherJudi WhittonPaul RileyJulie CollinsBarry HernimanGerald GreenAnuk NaumannJudi Whitton
Introductionp. 6
1 A Matter of Subjectp. 8
2 Fresh Startp. 14
3 Start to Finishp. 19
4 Enhance your Coloursp. 24
5 Tide Linesp. 30
6 Bright Ideasp. 36
7 Fruits of Experimentp. 40
8 Directional Pointersp. 45
9 The Bluesp. 48
10 Go with the Flowp. 53
11 Beyond the Limitsp. 56
12 Brown Studiesp. 62
13 Direct Approachp. 66
14 Tone Controlp. 71
15 The Freedom of Mixed Mediap. 74
16 Citrus Huesp. 80
17 Painting Nudesp. 84
18 Lost and Foundp. 88
19 Fabrics and Foldsp. 94
20 Hundreds of Greensp. 98
21 Lighter Darksp. 104
22 Crisp and Clearp. 109
23 Going for Goldp. 114
24 Time to Stopp. 120
Artists' Biographiesp. 126
Indexp. 128