Watercolour: A Personal View (Atelier)

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Look over the shoulder of a master painter, and listen to him talk as he paints, with this unusual "How I do it" guide. All the excitement and magic of discovery return to learning to watercolor, as you see how the author thinks -- how he makes up his mind, considers ideas, tries them out, rejects them, modifies them, or finds serendipities. It's much more than a strict do-it-this-way training guide; you actually see how the artist creates dramatic light effects by letting the color of the paper shine through, or affects the viewer's eye in unusual ways by placing different hues next to each other. You come to appreciate the unique qualities of watercolor, its luminosity, sparkle, vibrancy, and sensuousness. See how to create a loose and relaxed look, a rhythmic, up-tempo mood, or a feeling of power and boldness, as well as how to avoid the too-careful look. With full-color, double-page spreads of many of the author's works, you get to see what he's talking about at each step of the way, so that you can try it yourself while the magic is still in the air.

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The "Atelier" series aims to re-create the traditional 19th-century apprenticeship method of study. Here, the reader looks over the shoulder of the master, in this case Yorkshire artist Yardley, and sees how he thinks. Yardley considers ideas, tries them out, and rejects or modifies them in a personal narrative of his painting style. This is an inspiring, readable volume, especially for those who don't need step-by-step instruction. The unavoidable drawback to the series is that one will not be motivated if the master artist's style is not to one's own personal taste. Most libraries, however, will want to offer their patrons the opportunity to work with Yardley.
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