Capturing the Magic of Light in Watercolor

Capturing the Magic of Light in Watercolor

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
A guide to creating realistic-looking paintings for artists of any expertise level explains how to overcome the challenges of capturing light, discussing how to take and translate reference photos, develop a variety of skills from masking and washes to glazing and textures, and build form and shape.

Book News
A native of Montana, Bourdet now lives on several acres of wild woodland in Oregon, which provides settings and subjects for her artwork; she has exhibited her paintings throughout the U.S. She shares her love of watercolor in a how-to text featuring chapters on the materials and properties of watercolors, the fundamental principles of light and color, using reference photographs to create appealing and effective compositions, basic watercolor techniques, light and shadow, techniques for painting different types of light, and creating textures with light. The text is illustrated throughout with full-color reproductions and includes several step-by-step demonstrations. No subject index. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

F+W Publishing

Transform your paintings from ordinary to extraordinary - with light!

Want to paint light-filled watercolors that reach out and draw viewers in? In this book, award-winning watercolorist and teacher Susan Bourdet shows you how. Through simple concepts and detailed step-by-step demonstrations, Susan demystifies the process of successfully depicting light in watercolor. You'll learn how to:

  • Create convincing light effects and rich shadows
  • Depict different light angles and times of day
  • Render light on a variety of subjects, from feathers and fur to flowers, water and textures
  • Take reference photos with exciting light and combine them into a believable composition that speaks to your viewers

It's all the information you'll need to capture the magic of light in your watercolors!

Includes 23 step-by-step demonstrations!

Publisher: Cincinnati, Ohio : North Light Books, 2005
ISBN: 9781581805833
Branch Call Number: 751.422 BOURD
Notes: Includes index


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