Watercolour Landscapes for the Absolute Beginner

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Watercolour Landscapes for the Absolute Beginner by Matthew Palmer is the perfect title for beginners looking to paint their first landscapes in watercolour. An artist and teacher, Matthew will guide you through taking your first steps in watercolour and will demonstrate how incredible landscapes can be created with this exciting medium.

The book includes a number of step by step exercises, mini projects and six long projects that will help you build up essential watercolour skills. These skills will be put to use throughout the book and you'll soon be creating a broad range of watercolour landscapes you will be proud of. Matthew begins with covering essential drawing skills through various demonstations before moving on to key techniques such as using resists, colour mixing, painting natural-looking foliage, using dry-brush techniques and scratch out methods to add sparkle and movement to water.

The beginning exercises are perfect for beginners, while the main projects will also help intermediate artists improve on their skills. Matthew's accessible teaching style includs plenty of tips and tricks to make painting for beginners easier. Included are numerous of Matthew's own paintings that are sure to inspire your own paintings.

Watercolour Landscapes for the Absolute Beginners includes full size outlines for each project.

200 page paperback with 6 full-size gatefold outlines. 216x280 mm.


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  • Introduction 6
  • Materials 8
  • Inspiration 16
  • Sketching 22
  • Working outside 26
  • Useful drawings 28
  • Easy perspective 32
  • Colour 36
  • Building a scene 46
  • Top techniques 54
  • Painting skies 64
  • Painting water 68
  • Painting trees 73
  • Troubleshooting 82
  • The projects 86
  • Northern Lights step by step 90
  • Venice in Monochrome step by step 100
  • Hawaiian Sunset step by step 114
  • Night-time Snow Scene step by step 132
  • Waterfall in Summer step by step 146
  • Wildflower Meadow step by step 162
  • Index 176
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Matthew Palmer is a best-selling author and renowned demonstrator of watercolour painting, and his classes are particularly popular with beginners. He has been painting seriously for over twenty years and specializes in landscapes, still life and animals. He has his own studio at his home in Derbyshire, UK and teaches hundreds of people each week, as well as running watercolour workshops and holidays. He has many personal exhibitions, participates in several art shows and appears regularly on television as well as on his own internet-based art show at www.watercolour.tv

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