What Shall I Paint?: Finding the Right Subject in Watercolour, Oil and Acrylic

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This title explains how to recognize a good subject and draws attention to the enormous number of painting possibilities in everyday life, at work, at home, while travelling and on holiday. "What shall I paint"? might seem a strange question to ask when there are around us so many obvious subjects to paint, but painters sometimes become aware that their choice of subject does not always readily make a good painting. This book reveals why something makes a good subject and what to look for in your surroundings. Hazel Soan believes that painting starts with seeing, and in this book she shows readers how to develop their observational skills and become more aware of the elements that make up a good picture, enabling them to discover and recognize painting subjects all around them, often in the least obvious places. With a combination of practical instruction and a number of illustrated projects and step-by-step demonstrations in watercolour, oils and acrylics, the book aims to ensure that artists need never be at a loss for inspiration, or think any subject inappropriate or uninteresting to paint.

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The beginning artist usually focuses on how to paint rather than on what to paint, often to the detriment of the work. A painter and author with two television series to her credit, Soan emphasizes the art of seeing as the necessary foundation for all good painters. Her book helps develop both observational skills and a deep awareness of the elements that make up a good picture. She begins with subjects found at home, about town, and out in the country and proceeds to the sea and exotic locations further afield. She relates what one sees and one’s thoughts and feelings to the creative image and explores the choice of medium as an important decision in getting there.

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Hazel Soan is a well-known professional painter, and the author of Collins Watercolour Flower Painting Workshop and Learn to Paint Vibrant Watercolours. She has made several instructional art videos, two television series on painting for Anglia TV and Channel 4, and is currently one of the art experts on the very popular TV series, Watercolour Challenge. She travels widely and divides her time between London and Cape Town.

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