Ray Campbell Smith shares his years of experience in this book packed full of tips for watercolour painters. Learn all you need to know, from the the tools of the trade, choosing what to paint and avoiding and correcting mistakes, to how to paint skies, water, foliage and more. The tips are clearly presented and explained, and illustrated by many beautiful and accomplished paintings. They will help unravel the mysteries of the watercolour medium for those new to painting and also for more experienced watercolourists on the lookout for tips from a true master.
Ray Campbell Smith is a prolific and versatile professional painter who specialises in the watercolour medium. More than forty one-man shows have been held, many in the wide-ranging list of galleries which regularly exhibit his work. His work is represented in many collections in the UK and abroad. As well as contributing regularly to leading art magazines, he gives lectures, demonstrations and criticisms to art groups. He has made many highly successful instructional videos and DVDs and has written numerous books on painting, including several major best-sellers. Ray is on the advisory panel of the Society of All Artists in the UK. He has appeared on TV on several occasions, once painting a landscape in the company of Mary Nightingale, and he was recently voted Artist of the Year by the Society of All Artists.
About the author6 Introduction8 Tools of the trade10 What shall I paint?20 Composition26 Tone32 The effects of light36 Use of colour42 Aerial perspective52 Techniques56 Watercolour problems62 Painting skies70 Painting backgrounds78 Painting foregrounds80 Features of the landscape84 Index96