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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback + tracings
  • Publication: 27 March 2018
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782215264
  • Stock: Temporarily Out of Stock
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  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 500
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: £12.99
  • Series: Ready to Paint in 30 Minutes
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Ready to Paint in 30 Minutes: Trees & Woodlands in Watercolour


Build your skills with quick & easy painting projects by Geoff Kersey

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Book Description

This complete beginner’s guide to painting trees and woodlands is ideal if you want to learn to paint but are short on time. 30 quick and easy exercises, that each take no more than 30 minutes, offer you a complete course teaching all the skills you need to paint trees on their own and as part of beautiful woodland scenes.

The 30-minute paintings are all worked at postcard size ideal for a 6" x 4" (A6) watercolour pad, and outline drawings are provided on tracing paper for those who are less confident at drawing. Each of the small paintings focuses on a specific subject or technique and is a work of art in its own right. Store them in your portfolio as an easy reference for future painting projects, or even frame them and display them on the wall to impress your family and friends.

The final section of the book contains three complete paintings that demonstrate how to combine everything you've learned in the previous exercises. These paintings are also accompanied by actual-size tracings.

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Click Here to download and print the tracings used in this book.

About the Author

About Geoff Kersey

Geoff Kersey is an experienced watercolourist and is much in demand as a teacher and demonstrator. He lives and works in Derbyshire, where he has a studio, and he exhibits extensively. He has made many watercolour DVDs, contributes to various art publications and has written many best-selling watercolour books. He now runs highly successful online tutorials via his website www.watercolourlandscapes.co.uk


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Summer 2018

New to the Ready to Paint in 30 Minutes series from Search Press comes Geoff Kersey's Trees & Woodlands in Watercolour. Aimed at complete beginners, Geoff demonstrates quick and easy exercises that will help you paint convincing trees when you are short on time. Each of the 30-minute paintings is postcard size just 6x4in. and outline drawings are provided on tracing paper so that you can start applying colour straight away. Three complete paintings are included at the end of the book showing how to combine everything you've learned.


For a general appreciation, please look at the series tag above. I like the new iteration of the old Ready to Paint series a lot and these latest volumes diminish that not a jot.

Geoff Kersey is a familiar figure whos well-practised in art instruction. Working with this will be familiar territory to many and a comfortable amble through the byways of watercolour. While theres nothing excessively taxing (here or in the series in general), you wont feel constrained or short-changed, your creative skills rather being gently stretched; a work-up rather than a work-out, perhaps.


Search Press groundbreaking Ready To Paint series showed a beginner how to paint pictures with the help of tracings and plenty of staged photographs.  But each painting takes some time to complete, and many people are busy (or have rather full walls).  This new series contains postcard (6 x 4) sized projects that wont take more than half an hour each and would make excellent greetings cards (or postcards). 


When is a book like a donut?  When it has a hole in the cover!  Look through the hole and you can see the first tracing all ready to transfer to your paper.  These smaller pictures are just the thing for a beginner and offer some beautiful, professional-looking results.  You can first find out what you need to buy and discover how to handle watercolors.  All this is kept simple and to the point; you will learn more as you work through the projects.  Each one is accompanied by at least two pages of instructions with photographs including what techniques you learn and a bit about them.  Projects take you through the four seasons, there are country scenes, woodlands, trees in various settings including urban and various types of trees.  All are paintings of the UK and many are set in and around the authors Derbyshire home.  Included too are some of his finished paintings and an extra three larger paintings to tackle at the end with more pages of instructions.  I was impressed how much you could get done in half and hour and have a lovely picture at the end.  It is a great way of learning to paint and I look forward to seeing further titles in this series.  Search Press does it again!

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