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Venice in Watercolour Book Review

By Angela Youngman Feb 23, 2011, 20:42 GMT

Venice in Watercolour  Book Review

Studying the elegance and romance of Venetian architecture has long been the inspiration of thousands of painters for hundreds of years, and the scenes in this workbook pay tribute to this longstanding tradition. With projects that include Andrea Palladio\'s celebrated Renaissance church on the island of St. George replete with passing gondolas, the authoritative grandeur of the Gallerie dell\'Accademia, and a true icon of Venetian 16th-century design, the Ponte di ...more

The glories of Venice have inspired painters for centuries, but not everyone can get there.  Joe Dowden has created a series of step by step projects which are ideal for competent artists. 

Tracings of five iconic Venetian scenes are provided - gondolas, the Rialto Bridge, Venetian skyline, and central Venice. These can be used several times to create different pictures.  Alongside the tracings are clear instructions showing how to paint the resultant drawings to create the best, and most realistic effect. 

For example he gives suggestions as to how to create sparkles on the water, or to paint foliage.  Layering, using masking materials, and building up the picture along with suggestions as to the most suitable color mixes results in pictures that capture the magic of Venice.

A good, practical book with clear instructions that can easily be followed by anyone possessing some knowledge and skill with watercolors.

Definitely worth considering if you want to try your hand at water scenes, or paint Venice without visiting it.

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