Terry Harrison's Watercolour Mountains, Valleys & Streams

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Paint mountains, valleys and streams with such clarity, mood and atmosphere that you can smell the crisp fresh air and taste the pure, clear natural water!

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Terry Harrison has had a lengthy career in graphics, illustration, and painting, and his work has been featured in exhibitions and private commissions. He has since opened his own gallery.

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Jan 06 Stunning pictures emblazon this book and looking at the pictures you can never quite imagine how you can attain such beauties. However, Terry Harrison makes learning to paint such intricate scenes a breeze in this easy step-by step guide. This book is so inspirational for people who wish to capture the breathtaking sights of mountains, valleys and streams. Terry's paintings are characterized by their peaceful settings and accurate use of paint tones. One of my favourite features of the book is how Terry even goes as far as to dedicate a chapter on achieving accurate colours for trees and water. Terry also guides you through the various techniques and the importance of having the right brushes I found this such a useful reference point. The book ends with several projects for you to try your hand at, and ultimately makes this book the essential guide on the subject. * minigallery.co.uk * May 06 Some of the paintings featured in this book could be photos they have such depth to them. The paintings look almost 3D and I can imagine most readers of the book would think 'how on earth am I going to achieve that?' But fear not, Terry Harrison is a total pro at explaining each step so clearly that it is easy work to follow his step-by step projects. The projects are complete stunners, something that anyone would be proud to paint. Advice on techniques, mixing colours and painting from photographs are all important sections in the book which are sure to improve your skills no end. Capturing nature's beauty has never been so much fun! * minigallery.co.uk * Jun 06 By concentrating on three of the main elements of landscape painting, this rather clever little book manages to cram enough information into 64 pages to form a basic watercolour landscape course. Anyone familiar with Terry's work will know that he tends towards the picturesque and this gives his work a slightly chocolate-box quality that might exclude him from the canon of great painters but will (and, indeed, does) find favour with amateur painters whose chief aim is to capture a reasonable likeness of what's before them. The very undemanding nature of what Terry paints means that he has a very achievable style and even the most raw beginner is going to think, "I could do that". This is, in fact, the basis of good teaching. If you don't have confidence in the teacher, you're never going to believe that you can learn anything from them. It doesn't matter whether they're the greatest practitioner because that, in fact, can make them remote and more likely to inspire admiration than emulation. This book, as usual, features Terry's own range of brushes. These are available from him as a set (see www.terryharrison.com) or you may find that you can get equivalents in any good art shop. Like all magic brushes, they're a bit of a gimmick, but they also serve a specific purpose in making you think and handle them in a particular way. On their own, they're not going to make the slightest difference to your work, but anything that gets you round specific problems or, more to the point, stop worrying about them, can't be a bad thing. The book is packed with colour illustrations (and gives the impression of being a lot longer than it is for that) and step-by-step demonstrations. Terry is generous with his painting methods and this is one of the reasons that he is so popular as a demonstrator. There have been many much longer books on landscape painting and these all have their place, but, as a clear and concise introduction that leads you by the hand, this one is a very good place to start. * Artbookreview.net *

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