- Publisher: Collins
- Format: Paperback | 192 pages
- Dimensions: 76mm x 114mm x 13mm | 454g
- Publication date: 1 October 2008
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0007202156
- ISBN 13: 9780007202157
- Illustrations note: 160 col illus, With index
- Sales rank: 7,997
This handy, practical and inspirational little book is perfect for the pocket or art bag. It shows watercolour painters of all levels how to loosen up their paintings and maintain spontaneity by painting simple watercolour studies in no more than 10 minutes. Written by popular artist Hazel Soan, the book is arranged in three parts: the first section explains all about the equipment you will need; the second section covers techniques and shows what can be achieved with watercolour in a short time span; the third section looks at various subjects that are ideal for painting quickly. All the essential techniques are covered, focusing particularly on maximizing brushstrokes and exploring colours, and there is useful advice on deciding what to include and what to leave out. With helpful chapters on painting a wide range of subjects - people, landscapes, seascapes, buildings, gardens, flowers and still life - this little guide is ideal for quick reference when working in the studio or out in the field.
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Hazel Soan is a successful artist with an international reputation. She divides her studio time between London and Cape Town, exhibits her work widely, and her paintings can be found in collections worldwide. She is the author of 7 books on painting, regularly contributes to art magazines, and runs very popular painting holidays. She was an Art Expert on Channel 4's Watercolour Challenge and has made a number of other radio and TV appearances both in the UK and abroad.
By Peter Bryenton 30 Aug 2011
This tiny book fits into a little pocket on my travelling watercolour kit, so I can always refer to it very easily.
As a beginner, I find many of Hazel Soan's examples and explanations of materials and techniques helpful. A fairly wide range of subjects is covered, giving plenty of motivation to get started on something simple, quick yet effective.
The skill and experience of the author shines through the text and images, in both the craft and the art of making watercolours.