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Painting Boats and Harbours in Watercolour

Terry Harrison

Search Press
30 May 2014/ ISBN 9781844489541
How-To Books / Art

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Terry Harrison has produced many books for Search Press on painting, and here is one for the nautical enthusiast. Learn how to capture the elusive moods of the sea, paint vessels, harbour views and more. You don’t need any sailing knowledge either, just the basic materials and of course, this book?

Like all this artist’s books this one has a good hands-on approach; Mr Harrison must be a fine teacher in person. He isn’t afraid to break a few rules such as blowing up photographs (no, you don’t have to work in situ) and tracing them -- a sort of do-it-yourself Ready To Paint kit! This book does not dwell too long on vast lists of materials, which gets my approval. Instead it jumps in and shows you how to mix the various shades for beaches, moods of the sea etc. Before you get to the complete paintings there are lots of mini projects to get you painting right away. A simple boat, moods of the sea, sails, harbour walls, beaches, jetties etc., as well as how to draw rigging successfully. Each project has staged photographs with short captions in the classic Search Press style, and each demonstrates some aspect of nautical themed watercolor painting so you can learn by experience. There are six whole paintings to work through, showing a majestic tall ship, harbour village, Greek coastline etc. I enjoyed the fact that throughout the book the artist talks to the reader rather as if he was there in person, giving useful advice and explaining why it is useful. You can even reproduce any of the paintings to give to charity which is a nice touch. Is it for a total beginner? Nowhere does it say this and if you cannot find a good range of watercolor painting materials locally try for a list of suppliers.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2014