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Complete Guide to Watercolor Painting : Dover Art Instruction - Edgar A. Whitney

Complete Guide to Watercolor Painting

Dover Art Instruction

Paperback Published: 23rd July 2001
ISBN: 9780486417424
Number Of Pages: 176

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The author of this superb guide was not only a renowned watercolour painter but also a brilliant teacher with an unmatched talent for conveying to his students the techniques and aesthetic philosophy underlying great paintings. Years after becoming award-winning painters themselves, his students still quote his "Whitneyisms" to remind themselves of all that is most important in creating art. This fine guide, the distillation of Edgar Whitney's teaching, is one of the most useful, comprehensive, and popular watercolour painting books ever published - almost a cult classic.

Starting with the nuts-and-bolts basics - including choice of paper, colours, palette, and brushes - and with exercises to give the beginner experience in using washes on both dry and wet paper, the book presents a full course of watercolour painting. The author gives specific, detailed instructions for creating landscapes and for painting portraits and figures - instructions that come vividly to life in two 16-page full-color sections showing the steps involved in creating seven of his own watercolours.

Other chapters focus on drawing; the principles and elements of design; and matting, framing, and selling completed works of art. Beautifully designed and illustrated, this invaluable book will be treasured by all watercolorists - from complete beginners to experienced painters looking for ways to improve their own paintings.

Introduction p. 9

Tools for Watercolor p. 12
The Virtues of Watercolor p. 12
Watercolor's Nature p. 12
The Tools p. 13
Paper and Colors p. 13
Stretching Paper p. 14
Cold Press Paper p. 14
Smooth Paper p. 14
Palette p. 15
Brushes p. 15
Color Palette p. 16
Water Can p. 16
Knife p. 16
Other Tools p. 17
Carrying the Tools p. 18
The Drills p. 19
Flat Wash on Dry Paper p. 19
Flat Wash on Wet Paper p. 20
Graded Wash on Dry Paper p. 20
Granulated Wash p. 20
The "Lift" p. 20
Wet in Wet Diffusions p. 21
Color Drill p. 21
Painting the Picture p. 26
The Creative Concept p. 26
Emotional Involvement p. 27
Being Selective p. 27
Subject Matter p. 27
Symbols p. 28
Significant Design p. 28
Shapes p. 28
Patterns p. 29
Six Pattern Schemes p. 32
Contriving the Design p. 34
The Small Rough p. 34
Designing with a Large Brush p. 34
"Seeing" a Valid Design p. 35
Designing with the Pencil p. 35
Notated Sketches p. 35
Quickies p. 37
Choosing the Technique p. 38
Organizing Your Picture p. 38
Expression in Lowest Possible Terms p. 38
Restricting Your Values p. 39
Seeing Value Differences p. 39
Best Value Sequence p. 39
"Keying" p. 39
Visual Strength of White p. 40
Mix Color on the Paper p. 40
Watercolor Methods p. 41
Wetting the Paper p. 41
Keeping the Paper Wet p. 42
Re-Wetting p. 42
Drying p. 43
Dry Brush p. 43
Corrections p. 43
Reclaiming Lost Whites p. 44
Using Unsuccessful Paintings p. 44
Demonstration Paintings p. 45
Landscape Painting p. 55
Sun on Paper? p. 55
Trees p. 55
Wood Interior p. 57
Birches p. 59
Sand Dunes p. 59
Moonlight p. 59
The Ocean p. 60
Surf p. 60
Rocks p. 61
Snow p. 61
Reflections in Water p. 61
Skies p. 62
Clouds p. 63
Fog p. 65
Outdoor Light p. 65
Gray Days p. 65
Interiors p. 65
Other Laws of Three Dimensions p. 66
Design Character p. 67
Gradation p. 67
Foregrounds p. 68
Related Figures p. 68
Edges p. 68
Demonstration Paintings p. 69
Figure and Portrait Painting p. 77
Freshness, Essential p. 77
The "Puddle" Method p. 79
Dry Method A p. 79
Dry Method B p. 79
Dry Method C p. 80
Dry Method D p. 80
Wet Method A p. 81
Wet Method B p. 83
Backgrounds p. 84
Seeing Your Model p. 84
Using the Laws of Light p. 86
Painting Means Work p. 86
Principles of Design p. 87
Unity p. 89
Conflict p. 90
Dominance p. 91
Repetition p. 91
Alternation p. 93
Balance p. 93
Harmony p. 94
Gradation p. 95
A Necessary Tool p. 96
Eight Words: Design Principles p. 96
Fifteen Words: Principles and Elements of Design p. 96
Paintings in Color p. 97
Elements of Design p. 114
Line p. 114
Value p. 114
Color p. 116
Hue p. 117
Value p. 117
Intensity p. 117
Monochromatic Harmony p. 118
Complementary Harmony p. 118
Analogous Harmony p. 118
Split Complementary p. 118
Triadic Harmony p. 118
Texture p. 119
Shape p. 119
Size p. 119
Direction p. 120
Using These Elements p. 120
Both Artist and Critic p. 121
Drawing p. 124
Drawing is the Foundation p. 124
Understanding the Figure p. 125
Using Principles p. 125
Drawing Everywhere p. 126
Vary Your Drawings p. 126
Vary Your Tools p. 127
Seeing Volume p. 128
Vary the Lines p. 129
Drawing with All the Senses p. 129
Contour Drawing p. 129
Gesture Drawing p. 130
The Experience p. 132
Study the Lighting p. 132
Cast Shadows p. 134
Drapery p. 134
Solid Forms p. 135
Shade and Shadow p. 135
Perspective p. 135
Local Color Value p. 135
Freshness p. 135
Structure p. 136
Draughtsman's Miscellany p. 136
Be Bold p. 137
Draw Continuously p. 137
Matting, Framing, and Selling p. 138
Matting p. 138
Framing p. 139
Pricing p. 139
A Craft Philosophy and Art Today p. 141
Your Emotions p. 141
A Craft Philosophy p. 142
Painting Today p. 142
What is Art? p. 144
Color Demonstrations p. 145

Notes p. 161

Conclusion p. 168

Epilogue p. 170

Bibliography p. 171

Index p. 173

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ISBN: 9780486417424
ISBN-10: 0486417425
Series: Dover Art Instruction
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 23rd July 2001
Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.3 x 20.9  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 136.0
Edition Type: New edition

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