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Terry Harrison's Watercolour Mountains, Valleys & Streams Paperback – 12 Apr 2006
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Jun 06 By concentrating on three of the main elements of landscape painting, this rather clever little book manages to cram enough information into 64 pages to form a basic watercolour landscape course. Anyone familiar with Terry's work will know that he tends towards the picturesque and this gives his work a slightly chocolate-box quality that might exclude him from the canon of great painters but will (and, indeed, does) find favour with amateur painters whose chief aim is to capture a reasonable likeness of what's before them. The very undemanding nature of what Terry paints means that he has a very achievable style and even the most raw beginner is going to think, "I could do that". This is, in fact, the basis of good teaching. If you don't have confidence in the teacher, you're never going to believe that you can learn anything from them. It doesn't matter whether they're the greatest practitioner because that, in fact, can make them remote and more likely to inspire admiration than emulation. This book, as usual, features Terry's own range of brushes. These are available from him as a set (see www.terryharrison.com) or you may find that you can get equivalents in any good art shop. Like all magic brushes, they're a bit of a gimmick, but they also serve a specific purpose in making you think and handle them in a particular way. On their own, they're not going to make the slightest difference to your work, but anything that gets you round specific problems or, more to the point, stop worrying about them, can't be a bad thing. The book is packed with colour illustrations (and gives the impression of being a lot longer than it is for that) and step-by-step demonstrations. Terry is generous with his painting methods and this is one of the reasons that he is so popular as a demonstrator. There have been many much longer books on landscape painting and these all have their place, but, as a clear and concise introduction that leads you by the hand, this one is a very good place to start. Artbookreview.net May 06 Some of the paintings featured in this book could be photos they have such depth to them. The paintings look almost 3D and I can imagine most readers of the book would think 'how on earth am I going to achieve that?' But fear not, Terry Harrison is a total pro at explaining each step so clearly that it is easy work to follow his step-by step projects. The projects are complete stunners, something that anyone would be proud to paint. Advice on techniques, mixing colours and painting from photographs are all important sections in the book which are sure to improve your skills no end. Capturing nature's beauty has never been so much fun! minigallery.co.uk Jan 06 Stunning pictures emblazon this book and looking at the pictures you can never quite imagine how you can attain such beauties. However, Terry Harrison makes learning to paint such intricate scenes a breeze in this easy step-by step guide. This book is so inspirational for people who wish to capture the breathtaking sights of mountains, valleys and streams. Terry's paintings are characterized by their peaceful settings and accurate use of paint tones. One of my favourite features of the book is how Terry even goes as far as to dedicate a chapter on achieving accurate colours for trees and water. Terry also guides you through the various techniques and the importance of having the right brushes I found this such a useful reference point. The book ends with several projects for you to try your hand at, and ultimately makes this book the essential guide on the subject. minigallery.co.uk
About the Author
Terry Harrisongrew up in Norfolk. His earlly art education was basic and he never dreamed that he would become an artist. At fifteen, Terry moved to Hampshire and was inspired by a brilliant art teacher. He took O and A levels in art, then won a place at Farnham Art School at the age of sixteen. He became a graphic artist, but continued to paint in his spare time. In 1984 Terry gave up his job to paint full time. He demonstrates to artists' groups and teaches on painting holidays. He has also developed a range of his own brushes and paints. He is the author of many best selling books on painting with acrylics and watercolours. Terry now lives in the Cotswolds.
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This publication, for me, has inspired within me ideas of my own, made me realise that as far as techniques go. there are no limits. Creating stones on bridges, walls, texture on tree trunks, rocks in a stream or laying on grass.
Mountains, hills and valley's. Water, grass and trees. This book is not a 'do as I do' volume, for me it is my first real start on the road to developing my own style, experimenting with ideas, I feel less intimidated and afraid of that blank sheet of beautifully crafted textured paper.
I would like others like me to have this feeling of liberation, so if you are looking for that elusive 'something', this book could just be what you are looking for. It will be some time before I need to buy any more books on watercolour, this one is my catalyst on the road to developing my own style, and cannot wait to get back to putting paint on paper.
also mix your own greens etc,its not difficult.