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Watercolour Boats and Harbours (Ready to Paint) [Paperback]

Charles Evans
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30 Jun 2008 Ready to Paint
Boats and harbours make great subjects for watercolour, and Charles Evans makes painting them simple and striking. Pull-out tracings are included along with a clear guide on how to transfer them to your watercolour paper, so you don't need to be able to draw to paint these wonderful pictures. This title features a useful section on what materials to use will have you painting like a pro in no time! It contains five tracings, one for each demonstration. Clear, step-by-step pictures make painting easy and fun. It offers free bonus tracing.

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (30 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844483320
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844483327
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 21.3 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Artbookreview.net:Like Geoff Kersey's Trees & Woodlands in the same series, this little book is an excellent primer in its subject matter, even without the pre-drawn sketches that allow you to concentrate on getting the colour down on paper.The idea behind the series is that you have 6 re-usable tracings that allow you to get the drawing and the composition out of the way. This is, of course, no substitute for learning either of those techniques, and you'll have to do that in the end. However, by helping you avoid getting bogged down at the very start, these guides allow you to achieve a finished result you can justifiably be pleased with and which will encourage you to develop the other necessary skills as you progress - which you will because you weren't discouraged at the first turn.Charles Evans is an excellent teacher and he explains all the techniques you'll need clearly and economically. As part of a series which is growing in popularity, this can't be faulted. However, the information on the details of boats and harbours is so good that more experienced artists shouldn't pass it by as just painting by numbers. Myshelf.com: Have you seen Search Press' pioneering new Ready To Paint series yet? This is just the thing to start off tyro painters who want to get some practice with the painting part but aren't too confident about their drawing skills. Now you can get to grips with both, tracing and learning how to not only construct the painting, but see how simple drawing can be if you are only using it as a framework for painting. I did think initially that it would be rather akin to painting by numbers, but it isn't. It is about discovering the framework of a picture in a good number of photographed stages. As with most Search Press titles, there are enough of these stages to enable even a total beginner to see what is going on, complete with supportive descriptions. So it really does take you from tracing the outlines to the actual painting. Each picture comes with a useful list of which brushes and colors to buy, the size of the finished piece and lots of tips germane to the watery subject. There are six pictures depicting harbours in various different parts of England: including Cornwall, Norfolk and Suffolk, all popular locations for artists. This series is highly recommended for anybody starting out in watercolors who needs to see what their work looks like before they tackle the drawing aspect. Leisure Painter: Search Press has recently published a fourth book in its 'Ready to Paint' series. The title, Watercolour Boats & Harbours, suggests that it involves much difficult and complex drawing, as boats are by no means the simplest of subjects to draw but, as the author explains in his introduction, the book concentrates on the applying of watercolour and to this end it contains a series of six drawings on tracing paper (measuring about 16 x 11A in) for readers to transfer to their own paper, leaving them free to begin painting without the need for any time consuming creative drawing. After the introduction, the author lists the materials he used for this book - Winsor & Newton tube paint, four brushes (1A and A in, Flats, No. 8 Round and No. 3 Rigger) and Winsor & Newton 140lb Rough watercolour paper. He then describes the simple process of transferring the images to paper. The rest of the book is devoted to the author's step-by-step demonstrations. The number of steps varies from 28 to 40, according to the complexity of the subject. The author's style is strong and fairly detailed and he makes good use of tonal contrast and warm glowing colours. The book contains 48 pages and is well presented. It will appeal to students anxious to get down to the business of painting, but they should perhaps remember that drawing and creating compositions are equally important skills. Ray Campbell Smith Would you like to l --Artbookreview.net

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Charles Evans is one of Britain's leading painters, well-known from his long-running TV series and for his art classes, which are run all over the UK. His exuberant and informal personality is reflected in his paintings, which have a lightness and simplicity that many artists aspire to.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love these Books 27 July 2008
I love painting boats but quite often have trouble with the shape of them. I am so glad that this series has a boats and harbours option. I still quite often take these books and try to draw the images myself rather than use the tracing directly, but seeing the drawing in a large size gives you an idea of how to draw the image.

I think this is a great series of books. I have all of them published so far and have just noticed that there will be another two, which i will pre-order.

The books are great for beginners and also can be used by intermediate painters as well. The pictures are varied and the auhtor helpful with tips. 5 star for me..
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good But..... 27 July 2010
I really like the paintings in this book however I would suggest that some of them are not really suitable for beginners, but at least this gives you the opportunity to progress! Detailed step by step instructions make it east to follow.

There is one HUGE glaring error in this book. Look at the picture on the cover of the book, the reflection of the boat cabin in the water does not match the actual boat, it is reversed, and the aerial is also in the wrong position - Just me being pedantic!!!!! :-)

Still a great book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watercolour Boats & Harbours 18 Sep 2009
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Very good book for people who enjoy painting but struggle to do good drawings. The easy to follow instuction help make the whole painting experience really enjoyable.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use - painting boats 18 April 2009
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I enjoyed using this book. Makes painting boats/water much easier. I'd recommend it to anyone who is just starting out with watercolour and, perhaps, acrylic painting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Painting boats 15 Jun 2012
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Great book with instructions for all the paintings - easy to follow and an inspiration for a novice to master the art of painting boats - some lovely scenes to paint
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watercolour Boats & Harbours 31 May 2009
Helpful tencniques for effects & results. Extra content would make this book more regularly usable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cool 11 Dec 2011
By jojo
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this s of a great help to my students and i we can now get a great insight into how we could be going wrong and ihow to rectify it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watercolour Boats and Harbours. 5 Jun 2014
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A good quality book that has improved my painting's, this is of a quality for all. The seller gives quality first then a fair price thank you, I will be back to you....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really cannot wait to get started: -) Picked the ...
Really cannot wait to get started :-)
Picked the brushes up after 30 years and my friends are really impressed!
Published 1 month ago by Jane greensitt
5.0 out of 5 stars The trace downs are excellent and the instructions on how to paint is...
The trace downs are excellent and the instructions on how to paint is easy to follow well worth bying thank you
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Discovered boats and buildings are not my favourites
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great help for someone who isn't very good at drawing yet, well worth the money.
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This is far more than I expected as there are drawings to trace onto your paper. Its good in the sense that you're not spending loads of time drawing your picture, you can just... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mrs W
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Be an absolute beginner this book as ideal for the likes of me who have little practical experience of the subject and live in a part of the world where it is almost impossible to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gus
4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for painters
If you like painting but not drawing these books are the thing to have. Some nice scenes in this one and good easy to follow instructions for the novice painters
Published 9 months ago by PeterB
5.0 out of 5 stars Watercolour boats and harbours
I didn't realise books like this existed as I am a new painter and it's wonderful clear step by step instruction, what's needed, colours, brushes etc. a very good idea and aide.
Published 12 months ago by P A Audus
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the artist that wants to paint boats
This is one of the best artists to help teach anyone the different techniques that we all need to paint masterpieces of our own, Great tips, skills and techniques that will help... Read more
Published 12 months ago by teddyboy10w
5.0 out of 5 stars watercolour boats
a great book not much more to say except if you like boats you must get this book I am sure you will like it
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