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Structure & expression for flowers in watercolor

Author: Jean Martin
Publisher: Verdi, Nev. : International Artist ; Cincinnati, Ohio : Distributed to the trade and art markets in North America by North Light, 2003.
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In this book, Jean Martin shows how to produce superior flower paintings full of intense color, variation in paint quality and luminous light. Her imaginative set-ups are unique and the paint is applied in an expressive way. The result is an appealing, expressive composition that can only be achieved through strong structure. She begins by discussing materials and techniques for florals, then shows how to tackle a  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Martin
ISBN: 1929834225 9781929834228
OCLC Number: 52549244
Description: 128 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Contents: Choosing and using materials for flower painting --
Get to know your paints as you would get to know potential friends. Spend time with them! --
Colors for flower painting --
Transparent, opaque, staining and movement characteristics --
Paper --
Ox gall and gum arabic --
Demonstration --
Materials in action --
Technique --
a means to an end --
Why technique, though essential, is the servant of the artist, not the master --
The two essentials --
Drawing skills and brush handling. Examples expressive brushwork --
Methods of application --
Thinking about color mixing --
Techniques --
Direct painting, spraying, bleeding, dragging, spattering, scratching out, using masking fluid, brightening with gum arabic, spreading and pushing with ox gall, using plastic wrap and salt --
Removing paint --
Lifting back, dipping or drawing --
Demonstration --
Anatomy of technique --
Composition --
don't let the word structure frighten you. Composition is fundamental to the ultimate success of the work --
Opt for more interesting compositions --
Balance and the Golden Section --
Structure --
Shape, tonal contrast and color --
Anatomy of a structure plan --
Examples of structure plans --
Multiple compositions from one set-up --
Demonstration --
Thinking about structure --
How to set up and paint a still life --
Start simply, simply start! --
Exercise: Japanese anemones --
Exercise: Parrot tulips. Exercise: Pink hibiscus --
Exercise: Nasturtium --
Exercise: White cosmos --
Exercise: Rose --
Exercise: Jug and flowers --
Exercise: Colored bottles --
Exercise: Vase of mixed flowers --
Finding expression with light and tonal value --
To see light and to express it in a painting requires an understanding of tone --
Analyzing tone --
Examples of differing light and tone --
Introducing color in the shadows --
Example Expression with light and shadows --
Example Painting shadows. Demonstration --
Thinking in light and tone --
Thinking in expressive color themes --
The best way to improve the color in your paintings is to be color conscious --
An approach to color --
No color works in isolation --
Green can be a problem color --
Anatomy of color themes --
Substituting color tone for tone --
Exaggerating color --
Example Strong, clean color --
Example Color and pale flowers --
Intensifying or neutralizing color --
Demonstration --
Thinking in color themes. Dealing with neutrals --
The beauty and importance of the humble gray! --
The non-staining gray triad --
Thinking in grays --
Demonstration --
Exploring delicate neutrals --
Thinking in neutral darks --
Utilizing opaque grays --
How using different neutrals creates different moods --
Demonstration --
How large areas of neutrals complement very bright color --
Anatomy of a neutral painting --
Simplifying complicated structures. Here's where we consider the two vital issues --
expressive focus and tonal harmony --
Example Tackling a complicated structure --
Emphasizing and minimizing elements of a complicated structure --
Example Building up shapes and tones --
Example Unifying a complicated structure with color and tone --
Demonstration --
Expressive focus and tonal harmony --
Mixing expressive watercolor with other media --
Perhaps you could enjoy the forgiving and liberating nature of mixed media!. Liberation through making changes --
Example Collage, acrylic and watercolor --
Example Gold leaf, collage, acrylic and watercolor --
Example Watercolor, gold leaf, matt acrylic medium, acrylic paint and acrylic varnish --
Demonstrations --
How mixed media allows you to make drastic changes --
Identifying problems --
When a painting is not working, spend time trying to find out where the problem really lies --
Three clues: poor composition, muddy color and overworking. What's the problem? Identifying and rectifying problem areas in several paintings --
Demonstration --
Diagnosing and fixing a problem --
A problem-solving strategy --
Example Problem-solving with body color --
Example Problem-solving on the move --
Knowing how and when to finish --
Bringing a painting to its conclusion can be a challenge in itself. When do you stop? --
Example Finishing off by lightening --
Example Finishing off by simplifying. Example Evolving and completing a large-scale work --
Demonstration --
Fine tuning for best results.
Other Titles: Flowers in watercolor
Responsibility: by Jean Martin.

Abstract:

In this book, Jean Martin shows how to produce superior flower paintings full of intense color, variation in paint quality and luminous light. Her imaginative set-ups are unique and the paint is applied in an expressive way. The result is an appealing, expressive composition that can only be achieved through strong structure. She begins by discussing materials and techniques for florals, then shows how to tackle a variety of simple flowers as well as fabric, folds, patterns and still life objects such as curios, crockery, vases and omaments. Martin then demonstrates how to combine these elements to paint a variety of complex floral still lifes. Broken down in this easy-to-understand fashion, readers can clearly see how to paint such watercolors themselves. Martin also includes advice on the effects of different lighting, and guidelines for combining expressive watercolor with other media.

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