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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 13 September 2024
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781800920422
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 350
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: £17.99

Atmospheric Buildings in Watercolour


by Nicholas Poullis

Book Description

Painting buildings offers the watercolourist an exciting challenge, but there are few books available to help the aspiring artist. In this book, master artist Nicholas Poullis shares his approach, techniques and experience to help the reader produce paintings that are at once accurate and inspiring.

Aimed at hobby artists and intermediate-level amateur artists looking to improve their watercolour techniques, this book will also appeal to more advanced artists or professional artists who are fans of Nicholas Poullis and are interested how he works.

Wide-ranging and comprehensive, each chapter focuses on a particular element of watercolour practise. The first covers fundamentals the materials you need and attitude to adopt while later chapters look at selecting a subject, composition, perspective and drawing tips, the order of painting and more.

Ideas for how the reader can build his or her repertoire and improve their skills are scattered throughout, alongside five step-by-step projects for the reader. Dozens of Nicholas' inspirational artworks are also included, providing a deep well of inspiration, and showcasing what you can build towards with this book.


Nicholas’s work comes with some impressive endorsements:
“Nicholas’s paintings exude a wonderfully fresh and vibrant feel, with some innovative and daring compositions. There is a crispness in the execution of those controlled washes with a splendid sense of clarity and colour harmony. Pure watercolour practised in the most capable hands can appear deceptively simple to the observer’s eye, but in fact is the culmination of a life time’s careful observation and much experimentation with the media. Nicholas’s formidable works demonstrate an artist at the peak of his creative powers.” David Curtis ROI RSMA

“Nicholas’s thoughtful engagement with the processes of watercolour goes beyond the mastering of the inherently challenging techniques of this medium. He has a refreshingly broad view of the possibilities of watercolour, and whilst he doesn’t claim that the medium is easy, he produces light-filled compositions that are fresh and expressive, and easily capture the atmosphere of the scene or place.” Dr Sally Bulgin, The Artist

“Watercolour painting is like playing a single beautiful instrument. Nicholas has tuned his instrument to express the beauty of nature to a rare degree. ‘Leave out but never add’ was the cry of John Sell Cotman, one of Britain's finest watercolourists, and this is exemplified in Nicholas’s work.” Professor Ken Howard OBE Royal Academician

Table of Contents

Foreword by Dr Sally Bulgin 6
Introduction 8
Materials and equipment 10
The painting session 16
Pure watercolour techniques 24
Choosing a subject 38
Simplification 48
Cathar Bridgestep-by-step 56
Drawing and perspective 64
Watermillstep-by-step 70
Shady Cornerstep-by-step 84
Painting light 88
Market Hall, Early Morningstep-by-step 96
The order of painting 104
Market Hall interiorstep-by-step 114
How to develop your painting 122
Ancient bridgestep-by-step 134
Afterword 142
Index 144

About the Author

About Nicholas Poullis

Nicholas Poullis is an award-winning watercolourist and has been a contributing author to the leading practical art magazine, The Artist, for many years, writing on various aspects of watercolour. He has a particular interest in architectural subject matter.

Since graduating from Anglia Polytechnic University in 1996, Nicholas has been a full time professional artist and has exhibited extensively in France and also England with the RBSA, RI, RBA and RWS and in various group and solo shows, including at the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall. Nicholas is well established in the Languedoc region of South West France, where he has previously been an Official Painter to the Office de Tourism Pézenas, Val d’Hérault. He currently runs painting holidays in the South of France. 


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