Painting the Spirit of Nature

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Masterfield, Maxine

Whether you are painting the spirit of nature–or painting nature with a free spirit–the keynote of this book is experimentation and keeping an open mind. There are many ways to capture nature, and painting a scene exactly as it appears to the eye, as a realist landscape artist does, is only one of them. Maxine Masterfield, a noted watercolorist, demonstrates basic techniques for achieving texture, color mixtures, and shapes. She also shows you new ways to work in watercolor–by pouring inks, adding opaque lines to textured passages, using crinkled wax paper as resists–and describes ways to collage several paintings together into an exciting work of art. There are not rules–but there is a general direction.

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