Giving equal due to Parisian culture and its architecture, this guidebook collects five affecting scenes of the City of Light. Loved by so many travelers around the world, the streets and structures included here celebrate a view of human history in the best of times—the Eiffel Tower in its elegant ascent against a blue sky; the staid French renaissance grandeur of the Louvre; the Arc de Trimphe in its never-ending glory; the twin Gothic spires of Notre Dame cathedral; and a small street café tucked away among the slopes of Montmartre.
Adding life to each scene with a population of trees, birds, and people, this guide will challenge aspiring painters and remind those bound for France—or bound to return—of its splendid scenery. Six reusable tracing papers are included, removing the difficulties of freehand drawing and keeping the focus on the exercise of watercolor painting.
The Ready to Paint series are a really useful addition for artist wishing to practice painting techniques without worrying about the drawing first. Each book carries several reusable drawings ready for tracing and once this step is done the artist can follow Geoff's easy to understand instructions to complete a beautiful artwork. I'm a great fan of Geoff easygoing but realistic style. He gives an overview of all the materials needed for each project including the colours he uses. Through out the book Geoff's enthusiasm for Paris and its superb architecture shows through. Geoff is well known as a landscape painter and explains that he has always enjoyed adding buildings into his scenes. However in this book the iconic Paris buildings take precedence over the landscapes and are the centrepiece of each painting. The five inspirational projects included in the book use a variety of different techniques that once practised will be useful for future artworks. They are very easy to follow as Geoff clearly explains and illustrates each step. Each one focusses on a particular element of Parisian buildings, from the iconic Eiffel tower, the majestic Arc de Triumph to the simplicity of a typical Montmartre cafe. Geoff's simple use of watercolours allows the beauty of the constructions to shine through in a subtle and understated manner making for a very pleasing composition. His instructions to use the tracings as a guide and not a bible mean that the artists is encouraged to make their own changes to create a very personal painting. Of course this also bridges the huge gap between following a demonstration and setting out full fledged into creating one's own work and is a valuable step in the art journey. An inspiring book for any artist containing useful information for painting buildings with superb, absorbing demonstrations.-Jeanniezelos.com
Introduction4 Materials6 Transferring the image9 Notre Dame10 Step by step The Arc de Triomphe18 Step by step The Louvre26 Step by step Montmartre Cafe34 Step by step The Eiffel Tower42 Step by step Index48
Series: Ready to Paint
Number Of Pages: 72
Published: 8th September 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 29.2 x 21.8
Weight (kg): 0.304