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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 13 October 2017
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782214359
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 400
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP Price: £15.99
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Pure Watercolour Painting

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Classic Techniques for Creating Radiant Landscapes by Peter Cronin

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Book Description

A tour-de-force in the use of watercolour in its purest form. If you have ever wanted to produce watercolour paintings filled with light and radiance, this inspirational and easy-to-follow guide will show you how.

Learn how to use traditional watercolour techniques to produce beautiful, contemporary paintings that are full of light, colour and life. Packed with inspirational finished paintings and step-by-step projects, this engaging book teaches you how to use watercolours in their purest form, without the addition of any other media, to create art that has a radiancy and luminosity that cannot be achieved in any other way.

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About Peter Cronin

Peter Cronin is an elected member of the Royal Watercolour Society of Wales, the Pure Watercolour Society and is an associate member of The Royal Society Of Marine Artists. Having been painting in watercolour for over thirty years, Peter has gained an enviable reputation in his chosen medium. He is completely self-taught and is an enthusiastic ambassador for watercolour painting. Through his teaching, workshops and demonstrations he seeks to encourage, equip and help all who love painting.

Peter lives in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales.

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As you might expect, Peter is a member of the Pure Watercolour Society and this is a hymn to the medium.. Forewords by David Curtis and David Bellamy should leave you in no doubt about how good it is.

My first question on opening the book was: what is pure watercolour and how does it differ from any other kind? Peter helpfully enlightens us: One may suspect that there is perhaps more to good painting than a huge toolkit, and it may be possible to take simple tools and use them well. This concept and approach to painting are at the heart of pure watercolour. Put kindly, I take that to mean that simplicity is always best and that you should work with your imagination and media rather than your tools; theyre not what makes a painting, you do.

In the wrong hands, this could come across as a fundamentalist rant, but Peter lets his brushes do the talking and the work here is simply extraordinary. If he wasnt such a good explainer and demonstrator, you could easily be put off by his virtuosity. As it is, follow his advice carefully and youll stand a very good chance of finishing this book a much better painter then when you started.

Watercolour is, as I think we all know, a very special medium. Its one that does sometimes seem to have a mind of its own and is nowhere near as controllable as the opaque ones. The skill is to work with that and to learn ways of encouraging it to do what you want rather than trying to wrestle it into submission and merely working against it. Handle a wash sensitively, know when colours are going to bleed and blend and large sections will almost complete themselves.

Peter explains much about the properties of watercolour and the techniques youll need. He also demonstrates extensively and these paintings will show you how to produce some really quite advanced work.

Its a bit of a tour de force.

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