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The Easy Guide to Painting Skies in Watercolour

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The Easy Guide to Painting Skies in Watercolour by Stephen Coates is a comprehensive guide to painting skies and skiescapes in watercolour. Painting skies is a subject that beginners often struggle with and a sky can make or break your watercolour painting. In his invaluable guide Stephe Coates will guide you through some fantastic techniques that will demystify the painting process to help you transform a good watercolour landscape into a brilliant one.

Stephen's no-fuss approach to watercolour painting emphasizes the importance of preparation, planning and practise. He explains in detail the types of materials you will need and how to prepare your palette before beginning your painting. The book includes detailed instructions for seven sky painting projects - from blue summer skies to dramatic sunsets and stormy clouds. Each project introduces new skills and techniques.

With handy tips and tricks throughout, this book also includes examples of Stephen's stunning landscapes throughout. This book is sure to instruct and inspire you to create beautiful, realistic skies with confidence!

112 page paperback. 216x280 mm


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  • Introduction 6
  • The challenge of watercolour skies 8
  • Planning 9
  • Understanding the paint 10
  • Brushes and brushing techniques 16
  • Watercolour paper 21
  • Tools and materials 24
  • Working from photographs 26
    • Large Blended Washes 30
    • White Clouds 38,
    • Sunset Skies 50
    • Sunbeams 60
    • Stormy Skies 70
    • Low Clouds and Mist 84
    • Perspective and Focal Points 94
  • Building your repertoire of skies 106
  • Index 112
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Stephen Coates was born in Sheffield in 1960. The son of a draughtsman, he was introduced to drawing at a very young age. He excelled in art at school but chose a career in retail, working first in the music industry for 16 years followed by another 16 years running his own catering business.

Over a period of 20 years, Stephen learned and specialized in watercolours in his spare time, and gradually developed his own style and unique brand of teaching. In 2011 he traded his sandwich business for a career in art and teaching. He became a full-time professional freelance artist, and set up his own studio in Sheffield with the purpose of teaching others watercolour painting. From here he runs courses, workshops and hosts his own amateur art groups. Stephen also demonstrates his skills and shares his expertise at art societies all over England, and exhibits at a variety of national art shows.

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