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Painting Landscapes in Watercolour: A Famous Watercolourist Shows How to Produce Oustanding Paintings Paperback – 4 Jul 1983

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; Reprinted Edition edition (4 July 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0004117859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0004117850
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 20.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Painting Landscapes in Watercolour' has become a classic since it was first published in 1983. Reissued in response to the continued popularity of Rowland Hilder's paintings, it provides valuable advice on painting techniques by a master watercolourist.

Rowland Hilder shows how to capture mood and atmosphere in your paintings of the land, sea, and sky with many step-by-step exercises and eight full and detailed demonstration paintings. He gives advice on:
• Creating a strong but subtle sky
• Balancing areas of bright light
• Retaining impact on a quiet painting
• Capturing movement
• Varying the tonal pattern
• Unravelling a complex subject

In addition, there is a selection of many of Rowland Hilder's favourite and well-known landscapes, making this book a unique record of the work and painting methods of an admired and much-loved watercolourist.


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I love this book. I'm a frustrated artist - bad painter, bad musician, bad poet. But Hilder's work makes me wonder about what I could do. Just look at the beauty, transparency and fluidity in his skies! I was given the book as a birthday gift in the '80s and lost it, but have recently bought a used copy via Amazon, and it is worth every penny for the pictures alone. I must admit that the instruction contained comes across as a little procedural, even clinical, but can't see how that could be different. The subject is not something that one can easily put across in words, it's a "feel" thing. Just look at the paintings and be inspired. It's like being there.
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I'm not a beginner. On the other hand, I'm too lazy to be very good. But I find this book highly inspiring, partly because the paintings seem far better than in any of Hilder's other books (I bought it more than 20 years ago, so I'm relying on memory. The only picture that's a bit clunky is the paddle steamer, but then that's not Hilder's forte - Turner was possibly the world's worst portraitist, so everyone has their strengths and weaknesses). The main thing I like about Hilder is the lesson in colour control that he gives, and if you don't like his subtlety, you can push the boat out by yourself later, whereas I don't think you could go in the opposite direction if you had a teacher with less refinement (actually, the picture on the front cover is not the best in the book). I gave my first copy to my aunt last year because she paints more than I do, and I've now bought another copy.
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I have owned and treasured Rowland Hilder's book for many years. It's a great pleasure to read, as well as obtaining an insight into how one of our very finest watercolourists created some of his work. As well as being a companion to his other books, which are well worth seeking out.

As an introduction to painting watercolour landscapes, it is quite daunting and certainly requires a level of skill and understanding of the medium that I do not possess. Though it's still one of the most inspiring of books, giving you a glimpse of the subtlety and mood that a master can achieve with this medium.
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I am delighted with the pristine condition of the book and with its contents. The latter, as expected from this celebrated watercolourist, are well presented and highly informative. They also confirm Hilder's willingness to defy watercolour convention - for instance the inclusion of Lamp Black in his palette which he uses to great effect as can be seen in the beautifully reproduced paintings included as examples and demonstrations of his work. Proof indeed that it is not necessarily wise to follow convention!
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I bought this book when it was first published (1983 in UK). My copy has a different cover to this current one but I'm assured the content is the same. If you like Hilder's work, this book is a must. Any amateur artist, whatever level of ability he or she has attained, will find much to admire and be enlightened by within the pages. I have other books by Mr. Hilder but this is by far my favourite.
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Wealth of Information and valuable advice from Great Master of Watercolour.. Its a great addition to my collection! Thank you..
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Lovely book, certainly showed the artists love of his subject and expertise. Sure to become one of my favourite reference books for watercolour landscapes.
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My Favourite Artist. An instructive and inspiring read, as a novice I feel I will have to purchase the beginers book.
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