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Billy Showell's Botanical Painting in Watercolour

Billy Showell's Botanical Painting in Watercolour Lowest new price: $17.57
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Author: Billy Showell
Brand: Search Press

Billy Showell is a well-respected botanical watercolour artist, and her exceptional eye for detail and ability to re-create the form, texture, colour and patterning of a wide range of plants have earned her a formidable reputation worldwide. Her compositions are given a contemporary, sometimes playful twist, while retaining all the beauty and accuracy of traditional botanical paintings. In this inspiring and indispensable guide for botanical artists, she reveals the materials, methods and techniques she uses to attain her stunningly beautiful portraits of flowers, fruit and vegetables. There is expert guidance on tools and materials, working from life, observation, and drawing and painting techniques, as well as detailed sections on pattern, texture, and colour and colour mixing. With numerous step-by-step studies, close-up photographs and examples of Billy's exquisite paintings, this book is not only packed full of invaluable advice and information but also a visually stunning showcase for the work of this amazing artist.

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Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice

Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice Lowest new price: $15.01
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Author: Mitchell Albala
Brand: Watson-Guptill Publications

Because nature is so expansive and complex, so varied in its range of light, landscape painters often have to look further and more deeply to find form and structure, value patterns, and an organized arrangement of shapes. In Landscape Painting, Mitchell Albala shares his concepts and practices for translating nature's grandeur, complexity, and color dynamics into convincing representations of space and light.  Concise, practical, and inspirational, Landscape Painting focuses on the greatest challenges for the landscape artist, such as: •  Simplification and Massing: Learn to reduce nature's complexity by looking beneath the surface of a subject to discover the form's basic masses and shapes.•  Color and Light: Explore color theory as it specifically applies to the landscape, and learn the various strategies painters use to capture the illusion of natural light.•  Selection and Composition: Learn to select wisely from nature's vast panorama. Albala shows you the essential cues to look for and how to find the most promising subject from a world of possibilities. The lessons in Landscape Painting—based on observation rather than imitation and applicable to both plein air and studio practice—are accompanied by painting examples, demonstrations, photographs, and diagrams. Illustrations draw from the work of more than 40 contemporary artists and such masters of landscape painting as John Constable, Sanford Gifford, and Claude Monet.  Based on Albala's 25 years of experience and the proven methods taught at his successful plein air workshops, this in-depth guide to all aspects of landscape painting is a must-have for anyone getting started in the genre, as well as more experienced practitioners who want to hone their skills or learn new perspectives.

Features:

  • Hardcover
  • 2009, first edition
  • 192 pages
  • 200 full-color and 30 b&w photographs

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Composition of Outdoor Painting

Composition of Outdoor Painting Lowest new price: $43.49
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Author: Edgar Payne

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  • illustrations

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Ann Blockley's Watercolour Workshop: Projects and Interpretations

Ann Blockley's Watercolour Workshop: Projects and Interpretations Lowest new price: $18.42
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Author: Ann Blockley
Brand: Batsford Books

Follow artist Ann Blockley step by step as she demonstrates the techniques behind her most dramatic watercolor paintings!
 
Take a workshop with watercolorist Ann Blockley, as she describes her key techniques and offers ideas and inspiration for painters to develop their own interpretations. Blockley’s beautiful paintings show how a subject can veer in unexpected or unusual directions, and how to make the most of these creative opportunities. She 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 her adventurous signature style. 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; and manipulating paint with materials such as plastic wrap (clingfilm). The book’s personal commentary gives special insight into the mind of the artist and helps you explore, experiment, and unlock your own potential.

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Foundations of Classical Oil Painting: How to Paint Realistic People, Landscapes and Still Life

Foundations of Classical Oil Painting: How to Paint Realistic People, Landscapes and Still Life Lowest new price: $24.99
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Author: Lea Colie Wight

Professional painting instructor Lea Colie Wight demystifies the formulaic process of oil painting into a simple approach to help you paint confidently and accurately in full color. Develop a core foundational skill set to develop your paintings and discover a signature way of working from life that can be applied to figure painting, portraits, landscapes and still life. Though the focus is on oils, the methods in this book can be applied to all painting mediums including as acrylic, pastel and watercolor.
  • Informative lessons and simple exercises help to build confidence and lay the foundations for successful oil painting
  • Learn a straightforward system for painting realistically with a focus on accurate color.
  • 4 full-length step-by-step demonstrations show how to paint a figure, a portrait, a still life and a landscape

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Charles Wysocki - Americana Wall Calendar (2019)

Charles Wysocki - Americana Wall Calendar (2019) Lowest new price: $15.99
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Author: AMCAL
Brand: ACCO Brands

Featuring the classic Americana imagery of Charles Wysocki with a focus on the sea shore for 2018.

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  • Wysocki
  • Height: 12.00 in. Width: 13.50 in.
  • Manufactured by: ACCO Brands
  • Makes a great gift!
  • Charles Wysocki Americana Wall Calendar

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The Oil Painting Course You've Always Wanted: Guided Lessons for Beginners and Experienced Artists

The Oil Painting Course You've Always Wanted: Guided Lessons for Beginners and Experienced Artists Lowest new price: $11.75
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Author: Kathleen Lochen Staiger
Brand: Watson-Guptill Publications

In The Oil Painting Course You've Always Wanted, author Kathleen Staiger presents crystal clear, step-by-step lessons that build to reinforce learning. Brush control, creating the illusion of three dimensions, foolproof color mixing, still-life painting, landscapes, and portraits--every topic is covered in clear text, diagrams, illustrations, exercises, and demonstrations. Staiger has taught oil painting for more than thirty-five years; many of her students are now exhibiting and selling their paintings. Everyone from beginning hobby painters, to art students, to BFA graduates has questions about oil painting. Here at last are the answers!

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  • Watson-Guptill Publications

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Watercolour for the Absolute Beginner

Watercolour for the Absolute Beginner Lowest new price: $12.07
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Author: Matthew Palmer
Brand: Search Press
Model: SP-88254

This book is a comprehensive course in watercolour landscape painting by expert Society of All Artists tutor, Matthew Palmer. Matthew is renowned for his beautiful, detailed paintings and his ability to teach effective painting using simple techniques. He teaches over 150 pupils per week and also appears regularly on TV. The book begins with excellent advice for the beginner, including, easy drawing for painting, composition, easy perspective, light and shade, colour, and how to paint skies, tree, water and figures in watercolour. There are then six simple step by step painting exercises, and each exercise leads into a more developed step by step painting project, including a windmill, seascape, snow scene, mountains and lakes, bluebell stream and an all-rounder featuring a landscape with buildings and figures. The exercises are ideal for beginners and the main projects will also build skills for improving artists. A pull-out outline drawing is provided for every exercise and main project, and Matthew shows step by step how to transfer these onto watercolour paper. Like best-selling artist, Terry Harrison, Matthew has an accessible style, plenty of tips and tricks for beginners and his own range of brushes and colours to make things easier (though readers can use alternatives).

Features:

  • Matthew palmer is renowned for his beautiful detailed paintings and his ability to teach and inspire beginners
  • With six simple step-by- step painting projects this book shows how easy it is to produce your own sensational watercolor landscapes
  • Made in united kingdom

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Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting

Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting Lowest new price: $7.30
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Author: John F. Carlson
Brand: Books

Written by a famous American painter and teacher, whose landscapes are found in many of the world's most noted museums, this book is known as one of the art students' most helpful guides. It provides a wealth of advice on the choice of subject; it tells what to look for and aim for, and explains the mysteries of color, atmospheric conditions, and other phenomena to be found in nature.
Through his profound understanding of the physical nature of landscapes and his highly developed artistic sense, John Carlson is able to explain both the whys and the hows of the various aspects of landscape painting. Among the subjects covered are angles and consequent values (an insightful concept necessary for strong overall unity of design), aerial and linear perspective, the painting of trees, the emotional properties of line and mass in composition, light, unity of tone, choice of subject, and memory work. In the beginning chapters, the author tells how to make the best of canvas, palette, colors, brushes, and other materials and gives valuable advice about texture, glazing, varnishing, bleaching, retouching, and framing. Thirty-four reproductions of Mr. Carlson's own work and 58 of his explanatory diagrams are shown on pages adjoining the text.
As Howard Simon says in the introduction: "Crammed into its pages are the thoughts and experiences of a lifetime of painting and teaching. Undoubtedly it is a good book for the beginner, but the old hand at art will appreciate its honesty and broadness of viewpoint. It confines itself to the mechanics of landscape painting but, philosophically, it roams far and wide. . . . This is a book to keep, to read at leisure, and to look into for the solution of problems as they arise, when the need for an experienced hand is felt."

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Watercolor Workshop: Learn to Paint in 100 Experiments

Watercolor Workshop: Learn to Paint in 100 Experiments Lowest new price: $17.60
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Author: Sasha Prood

Often referred to as the "gateway art," watercolor is one of the most accessible and popular art mediums to explore. With Watercolor Workshop, author and artist Sasha Prood brings a sense of freedom and fun to watercolor instruction, while still covering all the skills you need to get started. Through 100 different experiments, Sasha teaches you traditional techniques like wet-on-dry, wet-on-wet, and flat washes, and also encourages you to play with the paint through colorful ombres, unique bloom textures, and added elements like salt and sponging. The goal of the sketchbook is to explore all of the fantastic ways you can use watercolors while gradually building confidence in the medium. Each experiment is accompanied by beautifully painted examples and space to practice your skills directly in the sketchbook. Printed on thick, uncoated paper, with a lie-flat binding, Watercolor Workshop is the ultimate guide to contemporary watercolor techniques.

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