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Watercolour painting is endlessly fascinating and frustrating. After a life time of painting in the medium Andrew Pitt, artist and tutor, shares his experiences of what it is like to teach yourself to paint. The author strips away the needless complications and focuses only on what is necessary and sufficient.
Painting in watercolour is simple; that is not the same as easy. Without resorting to gadgets and one-off trick techniques Andrew explains clearly the importance of understanding drawing, tone, edges, colour and texture. For people new to painting the problem is what you think you need to know and what it is essential to know are different. This book concentrates on how to look and render your vision in a direct simple way; how to communicate visually with watercolour. It is not what you look at, it is what you see. The major emphasis is on simplicity. Using simple painting equipment, a simple range of colours and brushes, and using a simple, direct painting approach the text and illustrations demonstrate the power and sincerity of simplicity.
There are plenty of illustrations to inspire, covering a wide range of subjects. Andrew Pitt believes students should avoid techniques which restrict what they can paint. The emphasis is on painting clean, fresh watercolours which celebrate the subject and retain the unique characteristics of watercolour so many people find attractive.
This is not a conventional how-to painting book; there are already plenty of books which describe how to lay in a large wash, for example. However, the author thinks the best method of learning to paint is not to spend time doing boring practice exercises but get on with painting pictures. Accept many will be unsuccessful but all will be enjoyable. There is little to beat the satisfaction of painting the occasional winner.
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