Adrian Hill's Watercolour Painting for Beginners by Adrian Keith Graham Hill

By Adrian Keith Graham Hill

A concise advent to portray in watercolours which outlines the elemental rules had to comprehend and scan with the process.

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Drawing and painting must keep in step. A good working knowledge of drawing is therefore allimportant because it will become increasingly obvious that the less laboured or corrected pencil construction there is to be seen under the washes of colour, the less laborious the finished effect. And in order to draw with authority and without repeated alterations, you should practise with the pencil on the spot and in the same^si^e as you will paint. This needs diligence, as all extraneous detail must be eliminated and only those forms which you will be "clothing with colour" will be stated with sensitive precision.

What sort of subject, then, is fool-proof for this medium? Open, atmospheric landscapes, of course, but please not always low horizons and serene skies or still waters and a hazy distance! River and treescapes rural scenes with farm buildings shipping industry architecture interiors and street scenes figure subjects are all good grist to the painter's mill. Good drawing is essential in all of them especially those in which the human element is introduced, and absolutely indispensable if portraits are attempted; for to retain freshness of handling and the likeness of your sitter at the same time, an expert facility with the brush is required, which only years of patient practice can make perfect and even then, the result has an unfortunate habit of looking old-fashioned.

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