Author(s): Dave Woolass
This guide to painting watercolour landscapes is ideal if you want to learn to paint but are short on time. Broken down into 33 quick and easy paintings that take no more than 30 minutes to complete, this basic course will teach you all the skills you need to paint landscapes and their components, including trees in winter, sparkling water, hedgerows and gates, animals, human figures and buildings in the landscape. The 30-minute paintings are all worked at postcard size - ideal for a 6 x 4in (A6) watercolour pad, and tracings are included for those with limited drawing skills. Each small painting is a work of art in its own right, and can be stored in your portfolio for reference later, or framed and hung on the wall to impress your friends. The book is broken down into chapters that focus, respectively, on essential watercolour techniques including colour mixing and glazing; laying washes and creating skies and realistic-looking clouds; the rudiments of composition; trees and flowers in a landscape; water- still and moving, from stream to open sea; and the living landscape - human and animal figures, structures and buildings in the landscape. The final section of the book contains three complete paintings that demonstrate how to combine all the techniques and elements of painting landscapes, as gleaned from the preceding chapters. These paintings, too, are accompanied by actual-size tracings. There are 33 tracings in all to help you compose your own landscape paintings. Praise for the Ready to Paint in 30 Minutes series: "This is a genuinely exciting evolution of a popular series. You'll be guided through some simple exercises and on to complete paintings, gaining valuable insights that will develop and improve your skills." - Henry Malt, Artbookreview.net
Dave Woolass is one of the UK's leading artists with a strong art background spanning more than forty years. Born and raised in Yorkshire, UK, he began his working life as a trainee manager within the retail industry. Painting and drawing were always his first loves, however, and it was inevitable that Dave should turn to making a living from his artwork. For many years Dave has delivered private art classes to small groups of students, and has delivered workshops and seminars nationwide for various art societies and galleries. He has frequently been commissioned by companies to demonstrate art materials at art events as well as on live television. Dave's artwork features in many collections across the globe including UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and the Middle East, and he has also appeared on the popular UK TV programme, `A Brush with Fame'. In 2001 the Fine Art Trade Guild of Great Britain elected Dave to the Court of the Guild in 2001. He was elected as The Masters Warden in 2003 and was ultimately elected `Master of the Fine Art Trade Guild' in 2004.
Tracings IntroductionÃ¢ 6 Basic painting equipmentÃ¢ 8 Colour mixingÃ¢ 10 Colourful greysÃ¢ 12 Mixing greensÃ¢ 14 GlazingÃ¢ 16 Winter sceneÃ¢ 18 Figures in a gladeÃ¢ 20 Washes and skiesÃ¢ 22 Calm landscapeÃ¢ 24 Morning skyÃ¢ 26 A darker dayÃ¢ 28 CloudsÃ¢ 30 Stormy nightÃ¢ 32 Pale dawn skyÃ¢ 34 A moody skyÃ¢ 36 CompositionÃ¢ 38 By the lakeÃ¢ 40 FencesÃ¢ 42 Fence line in the snowÃ¢ 44 Trees and flowers 46 HedgerowsÃ¢ 48 Layered foliageÃ¢ 50 Spring foliageÃ¢ 52 Summer treeÃ¢ 54 Autumn treeÃ¢ 56 Winter treesÃ¢ 58 Poppy fieldÃ¢ 60 Wildflower patchÃ¢ 62 FlowerbedsÃ¢ 64 WaterÃ¢ 66 Giving water depth and sparkleÃ¢ 68 Boat on open waterÃ¢ 70 WaterfallÃ¢ 72 The living landscapeÃ¢ 74 The ramblerÃ¢ 76 Watching the gondolasÃ¢ 78 Distant sheepÃ¢ 80 Dry-stone bridgeÃ¢ 82 Farm buildingÃ¢ 84 Distant buildingsÃ¢ 86 The urban landscapeÃ¢ 88 Country CottageÃ¢ 90 Boats on a LakeÃ¢ 92 Autumn WalkÃ¢ 94 IndexÃ¢ 96