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Watercolour painting
Morelle, Jean-Louis, 1945-
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London : New Holland, [2003]

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127 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
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"A complete guide to techniques and materials"--Cover.
The world of colour -- Colour classification -- Shadows -- The colour triangle -- Techniques -- Wet-on-wet technique -- Techniques using dry surfaces -- Gallery -- Step by step.
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ND2420 .M63 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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By explaining how water reacts on canvas, and then using examples of classic art and hands-on exercises, this fully-illustrated text can help anyone-from beginner to advanced artist-become a more skilled and creative watercolorist. Unlike oils or acrylic paints, watercolors are never fully controllable, and the artist must allow for unexpected movement and blending. In the hands of a truly gifted watercolorist, this untamed power can create moving and memorable works of art. You'll master those skills, beginning with terminology and equipment, and then going into the basics of color classification, the use of shadows, the color triangle, and forming a palette. Next, create preliminary sketches, experiment with both Wet-on-Wet and Dry Surface techniques, and learn the secrets of achieving fluidity and controlling the halo effect. Soon, you'll understand how and why Renoir and Monet chose and used their palettes, and be on your way to becoming a more accomplished watercolorist.

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Library Journal Review

Watercolors are notoriously uncontrollable, moving and blending in unexpected ways. These two books offer expert training, one for the novice and the other for the serious artist. Unlike other beginners books that promise more than they can deliver (e.g., Frank Halliday's Watercolors in a Weekend: Landscapes), the Willenbrinks' book hits its mark beautifully. French artist Morelle's work can be used by beginners but is better suited to those with experience. He explores glazes and flat washes, methods for creating mists, sophisticated color blending, and the reasons Renoir and Monet chose their palette colors. The volume is rounded out by a useful gallery of examples from accomplished watercolorists. Both books are recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.