Using a painting style described as realism with soul, the author casts new light on garden flowers, a favourite subject among watercolourists. Readers will learn her priming method, along with other techniques for handling colour, light and texture, in three step-by-step demonstrations.Using a painting style described as realism with soul, the author casts new light on garden flowers, a favourite subject among watercolourists. Readers will learn her priming method, along with other techniques for handling colour, light and texture, in three step-by-step demonstrations.Read Less
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This book is OUTSTANDING! The illustrations are wonderful and the instructions are very well written. Included are 17 "demonstrations" that show how Susan Harrison-Tustain achieves the beauty in her paintings that she does. These are not just "demonstrations", but actual exercises with step-by-step directions. To simplify the learning process of exactly where to put your paint, each demonstrations begins with a simple outline of the drawing for you to copy to your paper and get started with the painting. By attempting to copy these drawings by hand to your paper, more learning is accomplished about not only how to achieve the watercolor techniques taught, but also how to draw the flowers and see the shapes that will be filled in.
The author carefully points out in diagram form exactly where the shadow and light will fall. The explanations at the beginning of each chapter are very helpful in understanding in more depth the reason certain shadows are placed and why the artist chooses to emphasize certain light or shadow. EX: In explaining "Luminous Shadows", Susan Harrison Tustain explains, "On first glance, a shadow could look gray; take time to really see which colors make up the shadows. I often emphasize the colors I see within the shadows. This allows for the normally dull areas to dance with color and makes the painting seem alive....Hard shadow edges give a harshly sunlit effect. I prefer to keep them soft,.." The author is clear as to how she achieves the brilliance that she does in her paintings. She freely shares this information with the reader/ student artist in this truly captivating book.
Here is a brief outline of what you will learn in this book: 1. Tools and Materials, 2. Familiarize Yourself With Color Behaviors--clean, rich transparents,opaque colors, sedimentary colors 3. Watercolor Techniques for Florals---master Susan's unique priming method along with many other techniques--to create rich, transparent darks, delicate lights and glowing brights---Priming and Building up Washes "the quintesence of my style is the gentle buildup of fine wash upon wash. You can achieve delicate lights through to rich, transparent darks using this method, giving your subject luminous substance and reality." Susan then goes on to explain her method of "priming" and gives demonstrations to further explain. This particular chapter is absolutely packed with valuable information about washes and use of colors. It is presented in a unique and concise and clear style that is easy to follow. 4. Floral Textures Step-by-Step--follow along with these quick demonstrations from delicate petals to shiny leaves. 5. Adding life to Your Florals--learn to paint the realistic details that make your paintings come alive, (ex: dewdrops, chewed leaves, ladybugs,), 6. Painting Florals With Character
This book is good for all levels of watercolorists, although having a slight bit of basic technique background from other watercolor instruction sources would be helpful to the absolute beginner. It is a truly unique gem of a book --one you will want to hang on to. Well written and easy to follow---an outstanding book to learn watercolor floral painting, and also to learn more about light and shadow and glazing techniques.
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