Watercolor Painting

Watercolor Painting

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It is a thoughtful and fresh approach to one of the most popular paint mediums. It emphasis on taking chances and making informed risks makes this book invaluable to serious watercolourists. It features artwork with a wide range of subjects and styles. For serious watercolourists seeking a vibrant expressive quality in their work. "Watercolor Painting" is designed to promote a more thoughtful, fresh and original approach to watercolour. A medium known for its beguiling ironies, watercolour takes great skill to control, yet must appear to be free of control. Throughout the book, notable artist and teacher Tom Hoffmann stressed that students of watercolour must understand that realising the potential of watercolour involves taking chances and informed risks. The key to success lies in knowing what will happen when brush touches paper.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 249 x 293 x 23mm | 1,216g
  • Watson-Guptill Publications Inc.,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • full colour throughout, 140 4-colour illustrations
  • 0823006735
  • 9780823006731
  • 71,883

Table of contents

Watercolor Painting
Introduction: Understanding Watercolor    
Chapter One: Translating a Subject into the Language of Watercolor  
Being Mindful of Your Subject         
Revisiting Your Purpose      
Identifying the Tricky Parts  
Knowing Where to Begin    
Knowing When to Stop        
Maintaining Intentionality with Your Marks 
Recognizing What Works   
Using the Language of Form          
Chapter Two: Knowing What Not to Paint 
Identifying the Major Shapes          
Creating a Five-Value Monochrome Study           
Evaluating a Simplified Study         
Creating a Two-Layer Geometric Sketch 
Thinking about Stopping     
Creating a Three-Layer Thumbnail Sketch           
Chapter Three: Seeing in Layers   
Resolving an Image through Layers
Learning to Exercise Restraint       
Identifying Individual Layers   
Evaluating the Layers             
Chapter Four: Understanding Value             
Identifying the Lightest Part of the Picture    
Reserving the Whites             
Reserving Non-White Elements        
Identifying the Darkest Part of the Picture    
Bracketing the Values            
Knowing How Dark You Can Go       
Critiquing the Darks    
Knowing When to Depart from “Accuracy”  
Chapter Five: Sharing Control of Wetness              
Working with Hard and Soft Edges              
Planning the Wetness of the Paper              
Providing Enough Time for Each Task         
Gauging How Much Paint You Need            
Gauging the Wetness of the Brush   
Rewetting an Area      
Knowing When to Depart from “Accuracy”   
Chapter Six: Getting the Most out of Color              
Serving Your Main Goals with Color             
Evaluating Your Palette          
Mixing Your Colors      
Identifying the Dominant Color          
Evaluating the Effects of Color Temperature           
Knowing When to Depart from “Accuracy”   
Enlivening Your Darks            
Choosing Colors for Your Neutrals   
Chapter Seven: Developing an Instinct for Composition    
Sketching Your Subject          
Translating Form into Content           
Knowing When to Depart from “Accuracy”   
Creating the Illusion of Space            
Being Mindful of Abstraction              
Establishing Balance              
Chapter Eight: Becoming Your Own Teacher          
Identifying the Qualities of a Good Teacher             
Establishing Who Is in Charge          
Painting for Its Own Sake        
Devising Alternate Strategies           
Identifying What Worked Well            
Expanding Your Range          
Asking the Questions             
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About Tom Hoffmann

Tom Hoffmann is a practising artist and teacher who has been dedicated to the watercolour medium for more than 30 years. He received his BFA from Amherst College and an MA-Art Education from the University of London. His paintings have been exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum, the Frye museum, Tacoma Art Museum, The Copley Society of Boston and the Armory at Park Avenue in New York City.
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