Watercolour Enigma by Stephen Coates

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A progressive, informative art course for beginner watercolourists, revealing the secrets and science behind watercolour

Its a very carefully structured book and moves from the basics to more complicated exercises in a well-considered way, building both confidence and technical ability as you progress through the pages. 

Many watercolour artists are disappointed with the results of their endeavours because their attempts at painting do not always turn out as intended. However, the majority of mistakes are caused by the incorrect use of paint rather than artistic inability.

The Watercolour Enigma is based on a practical course by artist Stephen Coates, and is designed to take the student through a process of learning rarely seen in other practical art books. By examining the basic science of watercolour including the properties of water and colour pigment, and through a series of practical, straightforward, step-by-step painting exercises, budding painters will leave Stephens book not only with a mine of watercolour knowledge but with a selection of stunning paintings they can proudly say are their own.

Understanding the medium and how to use it will turn potential failure into success, and discovering the truth about how to use watercolours is exciting, liberating and enormously rewarding. So fulfil your dream and, with Stephen's guidance, learn to paint like a true, watercolour expert.

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The science of the medium

What you will need

Initial exercises & paintings

- Exercise One: Feeling the fluidity

- Exercise Two: Learning to blend in squares & circles

- Exercise Three: Pebbles on the sand

- Exercise Four: Across the bay

- Exercise Five: Red sail reflections

Understanding colour & mixing

Final paintings

- Exercise Six: Lake in the snow

- Exercise Seven: Peak district walk




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Stephen Coates was born in Sheffield in 1960. 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. Largely self taught, Stephen specialised in watercolours and over a period of around twenty years, developed his own style and unique brand of teaching in his spare time. 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 a purpose designed teaching facility. He runs courses, workshops and hosts his own amateur art groups. He also demonstrates his skills and shares his expertise at art societies all over England. Stephen's successful teaching business inspired him to write and compile a watercolour teaching manual. He wanted to bring the excitement of his live teaching into the pages of a book so that students could truly experience the learning process in a vivid and lifelike way in the comfort of their own homes. Stephen exhibits at a variety of art shows and loves to share his experiences with people.

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  • Optimal teaching - Watercolour Enigma by Stephen Coates

    It is written in both succinct paragraphs and blurbs, clear instruction
    Covers a wide array of skills and presents multiple beautiful artwork by the author that are both inspiring and illustrative
    It is printed on thick non-glossy pages Alexis Moore (Coral Gables, USA) on 26 Oct 2020
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