by Rachel Rubin Wolf
144 pages and 140 color illustrations
See inside this Book
holds its own as a visual showcase, representing some of
the best work being done in watercolor today. But of course,
that's only the half of it. Splash is much more than
a pretty face. In the same open, giving spirit that has
become the hallmark of the Splash series, featured
artists share what works for them, from favorite papers
and colors to composition and texturing techniques. Discover
their tricks for giving shape and color to their impressions...the
secrets behind Laurin McCracken's sumptuous pears, the mesmerizing
ripples in Guy Magallanes' Koi ponds, and the gorgeous subtleties
in Margaret Dwyer's paintings of glass. Find out how:
- Retired-architect-turned-painter Tom White creates textures that evoke a sense of age and weather.
- Sharon Hinckley works so successfully en plein air.
- Ann Gaechter creates deep shadows that practically breathe with transparent light.
- Wendy Dawn Barnhill-Hill uses a combination of materials (including gum arabic, metallic watercolors, acrylics, watercolor crayons, and even used tea bags) to create a lively surface full of texture and life.
each artist reflects on his or her individual specialties,
you'll acquire a wealth of know-how on working with reference
photos, finding a unique point of view, telling stories
in paint, and much more:
- Evoke the feel of a rainy night, the bustle of a street scene, the dance of sunlight across a landscape, and many other atmospheres.
- Create special effects like water reflections, the shine of headlights on wet pavement, bright sun on fresh snow, and the drama of backlighting.
- Paint convincing crystal, sunlit petals, woven fabrics, silver, lace, intricately tangled branches, reflections on chrome, and other specific challenges.