Painting Landscapes with Watercolor

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Painting Landscapes with Watercolor is a wonderfully expressive book, opening up all of the creative possibilities that landscapes offer to the watercolorist. Ballestar, an accomplished artist, succeeds in teaching exactly how to use the transparent, free-flowing nature of watercolor to generate landscapes with great emotional appeal. * Sound advice on selecting materials, learning basic techniques, making first sketches * Sixteen brilliant step-by-step demos put key concepts into practice * Examples of watercolors by world-renowned artists add variety and inspiration * Close-ups detail how to paint snow, windy skies, mountains and reflections on water Readers will discover how to capture the light that personalizes a landscape and enliven their scenes with dynamic movement and color. No matter their level of experience, watercolor artists will treasure this indispensable reference.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Design Books International (February 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966638360
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966638363
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds

Customer Reviews


13 people found this helpful.
 on October 19, 2007
By silky69
This is a great inexpensive book to learn a lot about watercolor landscape painting. It is more for beginners and intermediates, but not for absolute beginners, as it assumes you are already somewhat familiar with such things as wet-on-wet, brush strokes, etc.. If you have a little background in beginner painting, you should enjoy this book tremendously. The photography of the examples and exercises is outstanding, and the material is concise and well-organized.

Excellent basic watercolor book

31 people found this helpful.
 on December 10, 2004
By Book Addict
I’ve been a professional artist for over twenty years and was looking for some good watercolor books to recommend to a high school class. I came across this one at the library. Out of 35 books there, this is the one I would recommend to new and intermediate students. It discusses the basics in the beginning – materials, set up, etc. Then moves on to many exercises and step-by-step demonstrations. I particularly like his discussions on composition and addressing certain problems, such as, horizon lines, atmosphere, focal points, varying shades of green, etc. It is beautifully illustrated with work by both the artist and other famous painters. It’s a great refresher even for an old hand like me.There are no gimmicks in this book, just plain good teaching of basic watercolor techniques.

Excellent student guide.

One person found this helpful.
 on February 4, 2015
By Bev S.
This is a great book for the art student. Gives a lot of information for each picture and compares them to famous artists work. This books contains much background on each subject and is more informational than instructional. I have learned quite a bit from reading this book.

another good source for the watercolorist

 on February 1, 2013
By Larry D. Schwensen
If you find enjoyment in doing landscapes in watercolor, you should find this book a great source for some new ideas on the subject.

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