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 http://www.searchpress.com
for a list of suppliers.