Author(s): Grahame Booth
This complete beginner's guide to painting watercolour street scenes is ideal if you want to learn to paint but are short on time. Each of the 32 quick and easy exercises takes no more than 30 minutes and will teach you how to create a new street scene element - such as doorways, buildings and people - or work an exciting technique - such as creating washes, mixing colours and playing with perspective. The exercises are all worked at postcard size - ideal for a 6 x 4in (A6) watercolour pad, and actual-size tracings are included. The book is broken down into eight chapters: tone, colour, perspective, the wash, edge control, brush strokes, adding detail and, finally, putting it all together - this last section contains 3 finished paintings that demonstrate how to integrate a combination of the elements into vibrant and inspiring street scenes; these complete paintings also have an accompanying actual-size tracing.
Painting exclusively in watercolour, Grahame Booth tutors workshops and holiday courses in Ireland and abroad. He is a popular demonstrator for art clubs and his success is reflected in his many national and international awards. His work is featured in books, videos and art magazines, including Artist and Illustrators. Grahame is a member of the SAA and is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His work is represented in private and public collections including Belfast City Council, Ulster Independent Clinic and the Office of the Mayor of Annapolis, Maryland. He is Past President of the Ulster Watercolour Society.
Introduction 6 Basic painting equipment 8 Tone 10 Project 1: A tonal puzzle 12 Project 2: Wall lamp 14 Project 3: Distant buildings 16 Project 4: Shadows 18 Colour and colour mixing 20 Project 5: Colour charts 22 Project 6: Windowbox 24 Project 7: Shop signs 26 Perspective 28 Project 8: Vanishing points 30 Project 9: Doorways 32 Project 10: Windows 34 Project 11: Close Buildings 36 The wash 38 Project 12: Flat washes 40 Project 13: Rendered washes 42 Project 14: Lifting out colour 44 Edge control 46 Project 15: Softening an edge 48 Project 16: Clear blue skies 50 Project 17: Stormy skies 52 Project 18: Statues 54 Project 19: Reflections 56 Brushstrokes 58 Project 20: Applying paint 60 Project 21: Brick walls 62 Project 22: Summer trees 64 Project 23: Palm trees 66 Project 24: Railings 68 Adding detail 70 Project 25: Fountains 72 Project 26: Ornate buildings 74 Project 27: Lamp posts 76 Putting it all together 78 Project 28: Market stalls 80 Project 29: Prams and buggies 82 Project 30: Transport 84 Project 31: Cafe Scene 86 Project 32: Steps 88 Final project 1: Winter scene 90 Final project 2: Summer Continental scene 92 Final project 3: Rainy UK scene 94 Index 96 Tracings