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by Ray Campbell Smith

Analyzing 50 of his watercolours, and tracking his methods and technique along the way, the author suggests how to approach painting sessions to get improved results. Describing how he proceeds from the moment he first sees a scene to putting the final touches to the painting, he discusses the importance of preliminary sketches, planning the approach carefully, and simplifying the scene effectively. Ray Campbell Smith was an art teacher for many years before taking up painting full-time. He has written seven previous books on art and made eight instructional videos, and is a regular contributor to "Leisure Painter" magazine.
Download Watercolour Work-Out: 50 Landscape Projects from Choosing a Scene to Painting the Picture epub
ISBN: 0715302566
ISBN13: 978-0715302569
Category: Photography
Subcategory: Painting
Author: Ray Campbell Smith
Language: English
Publisher: David & Charles Uk (June 1, 1995)
Pages: 128 pages
ePUB size: 1782 kb
FB2 size: 1655 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 880
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First, I love Ray Campbell Smith's work, and there is a lot of artwork to enjoy in this book. That's really good enough for me, for the price I paid.

As an instructive volume on watercolor it's more theoretical and analytical. Meaning, there are not step-by-step instructions on how to reproduce any of the paintings, but rather there is a preliminary sketch (or two) and the finished painting along with some written thoughts by Mr. Smith regarding the work.

I find this to be very interesting and enjoyable, and the value to me as a clumsy watercolorist is that I get some insight into his process or the composition or whatever.

He has another volume in a budget series called, I think "Painting Landscapes with Watercolor", which is only about 48 pages long, but it has a few basic step-by-step paintings along with detailed explanations. That's another excellent book, but as I said, it's short.

EDIT: I just wanted to add that what I've been doing lately with Watercolor Workout, is working on my sketching by taking portions of the paintings in this book and loosely reproducing them. There are a lot of buildings and boats in these paintings, which are helpful in working on perspective. Having full page prints of 50 paintings is a nice resource to have, and I'm finding it very enjoyable to just pick up this book, flip through it a bit, and then do a quick sketch, working on tonal values and perspective, primarily.

I would suggest that those who enjoy Mr. Smith's work will likely enjoy this book as long as you don't go into it expecting detailed painting instruction. In that regard this is perhaps a bit of an unusual book, but I really enjoy it nonetheless.
I was a little disappointed by this book. I expected 50 landscape projects, as the title says, and I think the project aspect was lacking. Every project consisted of a sketch, a finished painting, a written description, and a small box listing the palette, paper, and brushes that the artist used. The paper and illustrations are very good quality and it would be certainly be worthwhile for a beginning artist to copy them to develop their technique (although some people don't believe in copying for learning). I was expecting more of the 'project' aspect with some instruction in the development of the painting. That was lacking. If you have any of his other books I don't think you need this one too.
just one girl
Loved this book as a child when my art teacher used it as a guide. I finally own it now!
Hawk Flying
This book also arrived in a timely manor and in excellent condition. This a specialized style of painting that I was very interested in and very specific landscapes and scenery I wanted to study. I recommend it highly for those who check it out carefully first.
bought it for a gift as i already had a copy.
The book was sold as new and it was not. A lot of yellow marker used to mark up this copy.