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Landscapes in Watercolour : Techniques and Tutorials for the Complete Beginner - LOIS DAVIDSON

Landscapes in Watercolour

Techniques and Tutorials for the Complete Beginner


Paperback | 2 July 2024

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Landscapes in Watercolour comprises ten tutorials for the absolute beginner to achieve stunning results. The diverse selection of landscapes ranges from a midwinter farm and a sunny woodland to a coastal waterfront and boats in an estuary. Each watercolour is broken down into four or five stages, showing how to build up a painting from the background colour and add the finishing details. The reader will learn how to simplify the scene in front of them, allowing them to recreate the essence of the landscape for the viewer without labouring over an easel for hours. Interspersed with the tutorials are special masterclasses covering trees, skies and reflections. There is also a section on choosing tools and materials and introductory topics on: . Colour theory . Composition . Perspective . Basic drawing . Painting techniques. AUTHOR: Lois Davidson is a watercolour artist from the South-East of England, with over 40 years of experience. She has been painting professionally since 2020, and was shortlisted for the Jackson's Painting Prize in 2021. Her creative interests are focused primarily around her local coastal landscapes, from which she draws constant inspiration. She now runs a successful YouTube art channel alongside her daughter, demonstrating traditional and experimental watercolour techniques, with a focus on loose landscape painting. Her art is her way of connecting with overlooked areas within the landscape through the medium of ink and watercolour. Alongside her painting tutorials, Lois also runs a popular art community online, offering guidance and more in-depth learning opportunities. She has exhibited her work locally, and her paintings have sold around the globe.
Industry Reviews

A perfect introduction to the medium, Landscapes in Watercolour by Lois Davidson will teach you everything you need to know to start painting the world around you. With over 40 years of experience using and teaching how to use watercolour, Lois provides information on how to choose your tools and materials. Basic drawing and painting techniques are clearly explained, and Lois offers advice on subjects such as colour theory, composition and perspective. The main body of the book is devoted to ten different landscape paintings, from a midwinter farm to a coastal waterfront, with each subject broken down into easy steps, interspersed with tutorials that explain how to paint special elements of the landscape, such as trees, skies and reflections. This is a well presented and well written book that will encourage beginners to get started straight away.

* Leisure Painter magazine *

There is much to like about this short, practical guide. After a concise introduction to materials and techniques, Lois proceeds by way of a series of demonstrations that introduce trees, flowers, skies, buildings, water and even boats. Her compositions are simple, but not simplistic, meaning that they are easy to follow without leaving you feeling short-changed. Although some of the pictorial elements can seem a little flat, Lois has an excellent command of washes in particular and her colours are well balanced, whether in bright sunshine, cloudy or overcast conditions. She is also excellent when it comes to simplification and, although there isn't a chapter on knowing when to stop, each demonstration is a lesson on that in itself. As my introduction promises, this is hard to fault, but even the more experienced artist should be able to find plenty to satisfy them, especially at the very modest price being asked.

-- Henry Malt * Artbook Review *

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