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Painting the impressionist watercolor
Boynton, Lee.
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New York : Watson-Guptill ; Garsington : Windsor, [2004]

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144 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
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Includes index.
Introduction -- Impressionism: painting light -- Getting ready to paint -- Light and shadow in black and white -- Light and shadow in color -- Value -- Demonstration 1: Painting block studies -- Adding variety -- Setting up the still life -- Demonstration II: Painting the still life -- Advanced composition -- More variety -- Painting the changing light.
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ND2420 .B648 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Monet, van Gogh, Sargent. The master impressionists hold an esteemed place in art history and their output has influenced every generation of artists to follow. Now, artists seeking to capture the radiance and subtlety of impressionism can learn the techniques of the masters themselves. Divided into four parts, "Painting The Impressionist Watercolour" offers a complete overview of the essentials of impressionism, its colourful evolution and varied techniques. Part 1 introduces readers to the history of the art form and explains how its methods apply to watercolour. Part 2 details necessary materials and prepares readers for painting. Part 3 presents step-by-step lessons on how to render a wide range of light effects in still life, in landscapes and through simple block exercises (which allow beginners to learn about colour and light without distractions of a complex subject). Part 4 takes readers beyond the basics and into more complex arenas such as texture and lighting conditions.

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Library Journal Review

Several books teach impressionist oil painting, but this is the first comprehensive volume on impressionist watercolor. Fortunately, this one is based on the work of a master, Boynton, who teaches at the Cape Cod School of Art in Massachusetts, one of the oldest and most prestigious schools of art in America. The book begins with an analysis of just what Impressionism is and how artists like Monet and Childe Hassam created their stunning, light-filled works. Boynton reveals the impressionist watercolor methods he has developed, moving from the basics of choosing and mixing the right colors, to identifying light and shadow masses, to advanced composition and the painting of reflective glass, metal, and ceramic surfaces. While the teaching methods, theory, and demonstrations are wholly Boynton's, coauthor Gottlieb made significant contributions to the text. As his former student, she brings an objective, clarifying eye to a complex subject. Highly recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.