Contents

8 Introduction by Hon Ranson

12 Chapter l

Materials and Techniques

Explanation of all the brushes, paints and papers needed for indoor and outdoor painting

Examples of various watercolor techniques including wet-into-wet, wet-on-wet, dry brush, calligraphy, lost and found edges. Demonstration: Combining all the techniques in one street scene Blending cars and street scenes Simple ways to paint boats Confronting fear of figures Varying techniques for a sunny beach scene Materials and techniques — Examples and explanations

2(3 Chapter 2

Composition

The 8 principles of design Choosing a focal point Unifying the painting Gradating washes The importance of dominance Balancing the painting Simplifying shapes

Applying the principles of design — Examples and explanations Demonstration: Following design rules to create a fine composition

Establishing the focal point

Light and Shade

A closer look at creating tonal value sketches Light and Shade ■— examples and explanations The importance of a good tonal value sketch and how- to produce it

Demonstration — Using strong contrast to portray sunshine and shadow

Using light and shade for dominance and atmosphere

52 chapter 4

Creating Lost and L'ound Ldgcs

Understanding the process of lost and found edges

Lost and found edges in a busy street scene Lost and found edges in town and country Demonstration — Soft and hard textures in Paris

Lost and found edges in wooded landscapes Demonstration — Working on very wet paper in Cornwall

Getting lost and found in Chinatown and Jersey Lost and found — Examples and explanations

68 Chapter 5

The Impact of Color

Developing your personal color sense Warm anil cool grays The joy of using unrestrained color Learn how to mix greens Complementary harmonies All the different greens in action Demonstration — Colorful shadows in a street scene

Color magic on both sides of the world Enhancing your painting with warm and cool colors

Demonstration — tune in to colourful street scenes

Color — Examples and explanations

8ti Chapter 6

Spontaneity and Movement

Spontaneity and movement — Examples and explanations Demonstration — The bustle of an English street scene

Spontaneity and movement in the Channel Islands

Mood and movement in a busy street Demonstration — Racing the weather!

Bringing vitality to street scenes Spontaneity in three different moods iocs Chapter 7

Showcase

Discover the joy of painting in the market place

Creating different moods in water

How bright spots of color can add excitement

Tackling large open panoramas

Painting in high and low key

(ietting maximum power and richness in watercolor l 28 About the Artist

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