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Atmospheric Buildings in Watercolour - Nicholas Poullis

Atmospheric Buildings in Watercolour

By: Nicholas Poullis

Paperback | 17 September 2024

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A comprehensive and practical guide to painting watercolour buildings with atmosphere, character and accuracy, from renowned artist Nicholas Poullis.

'Nicholas's paintings exude a wonderfully fresh and vibrant feel, with some innovative and daring compositions ...] He is an artist at the peak of his creative powers.' David Curtis ROI RSMA

Painting buildings is about more than faithfully describing the architecture - successful watercolor paintings must also contain character, ambience and a sense of place. In this clearly explained and highly visual guide, master artist Nicholas Poullis shows you how to harness classic watercolor techniques to achieve paintings that are both accurate and inspiring. It is a masterclass of insight, technique and inspiration, for confident beginner and intermediate-level artists looking to discover key watercolor techniques as well as more experienced painters looking to hone their skills.

  • Tackle essential technical aspects including light, composition, perspective, and drawing.
  • Overcome the challenges of balance, simplification and - crucially - how to avoid overworking.
  • Discover dozens of Nicholas's inspirational artworks.
  • Follow 6 inspiring and varied stage-by-stage projects.
  • Develop your knowledge with skill-building tips and ideas scattered throughout.
  • Gain the confidence and conviction to apply the techniques you learn to painting your own favorite buildings.

Endorsements from other leading artists and experts:
"Nicholas's paintings exude a wonderfully fresh and vibrant feel, with some innovative and daring compositions. There is a crispness in the execution of those controlled washes with a splendid sense of clarity and colour harmony. Pure watercolor practised in the most capable hands can appear deceptively simple to the observer's eye, but in fact is the culmination of a life time's careful observation and much experimentation with the media. Nicholas's formidable works demonstrate an artist at the peak of his creative powers." David Curtis ROI RSMA

"Nicholas's thoughtful engagement with the processes of watercolor goes beyond the mastering of the inherently challenging techniques of this medium. He has a refreshingly broad view of the possibilities of watercolor, and whilst he doesn't claim that the medium is easy, he produces light-filled compositions that are fresh and expressive, and easily capture the atmosphere of the scene or place." Dr Sally Bulgin, The Artist

"Watercolour painting is like playing a single beautiful instrument. Nicholas has tuned his instrument to express the beauty of nature to a rare degree. 'Leave out but never add' was the cry of John Sell Cotman, one of Britain's finest watercolorists, and this is exemplified in Nicholas's work." Professor Ken Howard OBE Royal Academician
Industry Reviews

Painting buildings offers the watercolourist an exciting challenge, but there are few books available to help the aspiring artist. In this book, master artist Nicholas Poullis shares his approach, techniques and experience to help the reader produce paintings that are at once accurate and inspiring.

-- The Leisure Painter * Issue 651 *

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