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BOOK REVIEW: Being Bold With Watercolour  

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Title: Being Bold With Watercolour


Author: Annette Kane

Publisher: B.T.Batsford

RRP: $29.99

ISBN: 9781849940108

Release Date: 2011



Description:



Internationally renowned painter Annette Kane reveals her secrets for creating bright, vibrant watercolours: special methods of mixing paints; brushstrokes that maximize the power of a composition; and fresh combinations with ink, acrylic, and gouache. She covers each move toward boldness with start-to-finish demonstrations, from still life’s and landscapes to sun and shadow studies.

About the Author

Robin Capon is an experienced author and art journalist, having written several books, including with co-authors, David Curtis: Light and Mood in Watercolour 9780713489552 and Abstract and Colour Techniques (with Claire Harrigan) 9780713490558. He is a regular contributor to The Artist and Leisure Painter. He lives in Lyme Regis, Dorset. Annette Kane is a celebrated watercolourist. She has had successful solo exhibitions in New York and Amsterdam and is regularly exhibited at the Catto Gallery in London. She appeared regularly as an art expert for Channel 4's Watercolour Challenge.

Review:

Internationally renowned painter Annette Kane reveals her secrets for creating bright, vibrant watercolours: special methods of mixing paints; brushstrokes that maximize the power of a composition; and fresh combinations with ink, acrylic, and gouache. She covers each move toward boldness with start-to-finish demonstrations, from still life’s and landscapes to sun and shadow studies.

About the Author Annette Kane is one of the UK's most celebrated watercolourists. She has had successful solo exhibitions in New York and Amsterdam and is regularly exhibited at the Cato Gallery in London. She is also one of the art experts for Channel 4's Watercolour Challenge.

Prizes Covers a range of techniques and advice from colour theory and mixing colours to choosing the right technique for the right subject matter to how to experiment and work adventurously. Emphasising on bold brushwork and strong colour, this book gives any painter confidence to be bold in watercolour.

Her book covers a range of techniques and advice from colour theory and mixing colours to choosing the right technique for the right subject matter to how to experiment and work adventurously. The emphasis is on bold brushwork and strong colour, and she is not afraid to combine or enhance her effects in watercolour with other elements, such as ink, acrylic and gouache. With a number of step-by-step demonstrations in addition to stunning finished paintings, the book gives any painter confidence to be bold in watercolour.

The chapters cover the following: essential skills: understanding watercolour, the right equipment, confident brushwork; vibrant colour: exploring colour theory, expressive colour, colour and design, mixing colours; sunlight and shadows: interpreting light, light and form, exciting shadows; a personal response: subject matter, observation, essential elements, keeping an open mind; freedom and control: controlled method, working fast and loose; and ideas and approaches: still life; gardens; water; windows and doorways, and light.

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