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Venice is arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and painters have been inspired by its stunning and evocative vistas for hundreds of years. Now you too can create paintings of this wonderful city in watercolour by following Joe Dowden's clear, step-by-step instructions and the removable full-size drawings supplied. Simply transfer the drawing of your choice to watercolour paper and you are ready to start. Every colour mix and technique is fully explained, and there are numerous tips to help you produce a finished work of art worthy of framing and hanging on the wall. With the author's help, you will learn how to capture mood, paint realistic skies, water and architecture, and reproduce stunning light effects, all of which are essential for capturing the essence and beauty of Venice. There are five in-depth projects, with drawings supplied for each one, as well as a sixth bonus drawing. In addition, there is a useful section on the materials and equipment you need, and instructions on how to transfer the drawing.
Whether to publish a series of books on painting in specific places has been the subject of often quite anguished discussions over the years. On the one hand, people go on holiday and the idea of a guide to where to look, what to paint and what materials to take looks like the proverbial no-brainer. On the other hand, books on painting on holiday sell like stale cakes. So it's quite amusing to find that the Ready to Paint series has developed a branch that takes this idea one step further, with its pre-printed tracings of classic subjects in a variety of cities. But then again, with all that done for you, do you really need to spring for the air ticket as well? The real purpose here, it seems to me, is that you can paint the Grand Canal at sunset in the comfort of your own living room, and get make a decent fist of it at the same time. I mean, what's not to like? (That was a rhetorical question, please don't write in.)-Artbookreview.net As ever in the Ready to Paint series there are tracings of the artworks used in the book so that the student can concentrate on the techniques used. This is useful for those people who worry about getting the drawings right before even picking up a paintbrush - this way they can concentrate on the painting part and have fun. That's what arts about for many of us isn't it? I'm a huge fan of Joe's style - one of the first books I bought when I began painting was one of his on water and he has a dramatic, realistic and colour filled style that I love. In this book he recreates some fabulous scenes from Venice from beautiful vivid blue covered Gondolas to a typical Venetian skyline in soft tones of oranges and violets with gentle muted buildings in the distance and a mass of figures busily walking by the waterside, and some lovely water and building focussed paintings of the Grand Canal. A scene from the heart of Venice and the beautiful Rialto bridge finish the demo paintings. The scenes in this book appear fairly complex but with the initial drawings done for you and ready to trace and Joe's easy to follow instructions you can soon be painting realistic skies, glorious architecture and have fun capturing the stunning light that epitomises Venice. This fabulous book is one for the people who, like me - love their watercolours to be full of light and vivid dramatic colours.-JeannieZelos.com
Series: Ready to Paint
Number Of Pages: 72
Published: 3rd November 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 29.1 x 21.7 x 0.6
Weight (kg): 0.31