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The Landscape Painter's Essential Handbook: How to Paint 50 Beautiful Landscapes in Watercolour [Paperback]

Joe Francis Dowden
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25 Jan 2008
This is a unique artist's reference offering easy-to-follow, ingenious ideas and techniques for painting 50 popular landscapes in watercolour.
The 50 landscapes range from a gentle flower-filled meadow and hazy summer mountains, to a dramatic cliff scene and a rippling stream in sunshine. Each landscape is explored within a hardworking spread through exercises, step-by-step sequences and easy-to-follow instructions; master the principle and technique, and finish with the watercolour painting exercise.
The comprehensive introductory section covering basic materials, techniques and colours makes this an indispensable reference for all artists. From snow-covered mountains to tranquil meadows, this unique artist’s reference will show you how to paint 50 glorious landscapes in watercolour.

• Learn the basic techniques required to paint each landscape through the clear illustrations and step-by-step demonstrations
• Follow the author’s practical advice and ingenious ideas to achieve the best results, and refer to his fantastic finished paintings for further inspiration
• Use the indispensable introduction to discover the essential materials, basic techniques and key principles for capturing landscapes

The must-have practical reference that no landscape painter should be without!

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles; 2nd Revised edition edition (25 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715325019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715325018
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 22.3 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Joe Francis Dowden is a well-known artist, tutor and author specialising in realism in watercolour. He writes for A&I and Painting World magazines and Paint magazine (distributed to 32,000 members of the SAA). Joe's work has appeared in several partworks, DVDs and on TV, including a demonstration of landscape painting in situ on BBC's UK Style channel. Joe lives in Worthing.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb tutorial book 16 Jan 2009
By Merlin
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book to help me get back into watercolour painting after a 20 year break and it has very much inspired me to get painting again. The book is arranged so you can follow the techniques necessary to reproduce the stunning paintings that have an almost photographic quality to them. I found the tips on how to use masking methods and getting contrast and light into the paintings particularly valuable. I have also often had problems getting detail into the foreground of my paintings, this book gives you plenty of ideas to try. Another nice touch is the suggested colours to use which is often a big hurdle with watercolours as the way colours mix is not always as logical as you may hope. I can thoroughly recommend this book if you are into vibrant watercolours with a photo-realistic feel to them.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Landscape book 6 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Excellent book and highly recommended for landscape artists.
Practical examples and tips. Covers reflections shadows and perspective.
Colour usage for various effects. Basic pallette. Reccommend for beginners and intermediate artists. Good buy.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best 5 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
I was so impressed by Joe's work in this book that it made me travel from Spain to UK just to attend a two days workshop with him.
Simply the best buy you can make if you love watercolour.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book has it all 25 May 2010
By keithy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This artist is simply wonderful, showing you step by steps on the fifty landscapes, the artist show many tricks of the trade so to speak.
Its needs to be read all the way through before attempting any of the landscapes, it gives you a fresh ideas on the subject, and makes it all seem possible.
The artist must have worked very hard to compile such an informative book.
If you looking at painting your own work, and are stuck how to approach a subject say a group of trees in snow or a river bank, use this book.
its a book you will read more than once, I can assure you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Landscape Painter's Essential Handbook 7 Jun 2012
By Spyro
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is really excellent, it has some lovely pictures and tips to create some really nice effects. As someone else has mentioned it doesn't 'hold your hand', out of the 50 pictures there are only one or two where it really gives instructions for the whole picture. Most of the time you have the picture there to copy and it gives you tips on creating certain effects, but not a step by step guide. This will suit some people but not others.

If you are a total beginner I would still recommend the book, as it has some of the nicest pictures I have found in a tutorial book so far and it's very detailed in the instructions it does give. I think there's something here for everyone, but if you're a beginner I'd recommend buying it alongside a more comprehensive beginner's book which will give you some basic techniques. This is more like a resource book of pictures to copy with a few tips. Also, most of the pictures in this book use masking fluid so you will also need that if you want to create the exact same effects.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 2 Feb 2009
By ISCA
Format:Paperback
Put together by an excellent artist, this takes you through various landscapes and shows how they are reproduced, I would recommend this title to anyone starting watercolour, its one to keep by for reference.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Landscape Painters Handbook. 15 Mar 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My wife being an amatuer artist, she seeks books that are informative and easy to follow.
This one was recommended to her and so she decided to order it - making a good saving using Amazon of course. She was delighted and found it more than useful. Yes, she would recommend it to any aspiring artist.

Karl Sheridan.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the complete novice 13 May 2012
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The book as others have said is excellent and informative and is packed with a wealth of knowledge. The opening sections about materials and the like are great and there is also some useful drawing tips, perspective insights, washes and colour mixing info

But as a small warning to any raw beginner (Like me) the book doesn't 'hold your hand' step by step but suggests what you need to do in each stage by showing the end result your trying to achieve, with each of the 50 landscapes described over a single page with small illustrations for the main technique and a full page almost, showing the completed landscape. This is not a problem for those with more experience but for the 'newbee' it can lead to some confusion and the opportunity to grow your scrap paper collection!.

Great book to have ready though when you have a bit more of an understanding of watercolour medium.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent reference book
The book provides a variety of examples for one to refer to. The combination of explanations and the step by step pictorial illustrations are easy to follow.
Published 1 month ago by Syoki
5.0 out of 5 stars Landscape painter handbook
Joe Francis Dowden is s fabulous painter and author. He has a great stile of painting and he shares that with us in a very nice helpful way. Thanks Joe.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. A. Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Painting Landscapes
I was amazed at the quality of this book. The techniques used are very informative and tips given will be very useful
this book is very colourful, and very well presented with... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr B Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This was a birthday gift for a family member just starting painting and he loves it and says the technical advice is great also.
Published 6 months ago by Caroline P
5.0 out of 5 stars Painting aid
Very impressed with this beautiful book. I have found it very useful as I am trying to teach myself watercolouring. When I have more time I know it will be very helpful.
Published 15 months ago by silver surfer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners
Some of the instructions assume a certain level of knowledge. as a beginner I like to have more of a clear "recipe" approach.
Published 15 months ago by su
5.0 out of 5 stars the landscape painters handbook
A really lovely book. Helpful advice and projects to try out. I have used this book a fair amount since purchasing, I would recommend this to budding artists
Published 15 months ago by dawn
4.0 out of 5 stars very easy to follow
Joe Dowden is very inspirational and this book will help anyone. keep on trying and you will succeed all the time
Published 17 months ago by Mr. A. J. Gulliver
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written
This is a lovely book but you do need to have some basic knowledge of watercolours otherwise you would not understand a lot of things in it .
Published 17 months ago by shu
2.0 out of 5 stars annoyed with this book
I have a previous book by this lovely author and have used it a lot, so was disapointed to see that all the pictures in the new book are exactly the same as the book I already... Read more
Published 20 months ago by scallywag
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