The Artist’s Watercolour Problem Solver

Published in association with The Artist magazine, this superbly illustrated book looks at many of the common problems encountered when using the popular painting medium of watercolour. Twelve well-known professional artists provide practical and straightforward expert solutions.The Artist magazine is one of the most respected art magazines for amateur painters. This book, based on its popular problem solving column, offers expert advice of interest to every watercolour artist.Watercolour is the most popular painting medium of all but many leisure painters find themselves held back by frustrating pitfalls. Here, a variety of professional artists provide helpful solutions to many of the most frequently asked questions. Superb illustrations help to ensure that the advice is not only practical and straightforward, but also inspiring.Numerous topics are covered, including: finding new subjects, working from sketches, mixing watercolours effectively and portraying difficult subjects such as fabric and sunlight. A variety of popular subjects are also included, from landscapes and seascapes to still life, interiors, people, buildings and flowers.Artists featuredJohn Lidzey, Ray BalkwillJulie Collins, John MitchellSally Fisher, Anuk NaumannGerald Green, Paul RileyBarry Herniman, Tom RobbHilary Jackson, Judi Whitton

The Artist’s Watercolour Problem Solver


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   First published in 2003 Great Britain by HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd

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   © The Artist magazine, 2003

   Editor: Geraldine Christy

   Designer: Penny Dawes

   Indexer: Susan Bosanko

   The text and illustrations in this book were previously published in The Artist magazine.

   The Artist magazine asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work.

   A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library

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   Source ISBN: 9780007149483

   Ebook Edition © OCTOBER 2014 ISBN: 9780008108489

   Version: 2014-10-15


   Vin Rouge, Paul Riley

   Parisian Side Street, Gerald Green

   Portuguese Creek, Tom Robb





    by Sally Bulgin (Publishing Editor, The Artist)

John LidzeyJohn MitchellJudi WhittonPaul RileyRay BalkwillJulie CollinsAnuk NaumannGerald GreenTom RobbBarry HernimanJohn LidzeyTom RobbJudi WhittonHilary JacksonAnuk NaumannTom RobbSally FisherJudi WhittonPaul RileyJulie CollinsBarry HernimanGerald GreenAnuk NaumannJudi Whitton




   Following the worldwide success and popularity of The Artist’s Problem Solver, first published in 2001 by HarperCollins from the long-running series in the UK’s The Artist magazine, we decided to collaborate on this second publication, concentrating this time on the most helpful watercolour problem-solving articles from the magazine series.

   As I mention in my introduction to the first book, the aim of the ongoing series on which this most recent book is based is to tackle painting enthusiasts’ most common problems by posing their questions to top-class artist-tutors, who offer advice and possible solutions to each problem through down-to-earth instruction and demonstrations.