Watercolor Techniques: Painting Light and Color in Landscapes and Cityscapes

Author(s): Michael Reardon

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"No other medium is as magical and enjoyable as watercolor."

So says artist and author Michael Reardon. In Watercolor Techniques: Painting Light and Color in Landscapes and Cityscapes, Reardon covers it all, from answers to beginners' most vexing problems (What is the proper ratio of pigment and water? How do I lay down an even wash? Why do my paintings look so washed out?) to understanding the trifecta of perspective, value, and color. He shows how to paint whites that sparkle and shadows that glow and how to conjure the atmosphere of a particular place and time. Painters of all skill levels will see--and feel--the difference in their work.

  • Packed with expert advice for infusing scenes with light and color
  • Includes special tips and techniques for painting architectural subjects
  • Illustrated with inspiring paintings of scenes from around the world
  • 8 start-to-finish demonstrations show key concepts in action
"Light, as it glances off a facade, glimmers off the water or gleams off polished marble, is always inspiring. Color, with its infinite array of hues, is always irresistible. Searching for ways to make them harmonize and tell a story can last a lifetime."


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Michael Reardon has been working in watercolor for more than 25 years, both as a fine artist and an architectural illustrator. His knowledge of watercolor is extensive and refined. The common theme throughout Michael's painting career has been the depiction of architectural subjects and their interaction with the natural world. His award winning paintings are held in private collections in the United States and abroad, and he is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, and the California Watercolor Association. Michael's work is represented by the Thomas Reynolds Gallery in San Francisco. Feature articles by Michael or about his work have been published in several magazines, including Watercolor Artist, Watercolor, L'Artdel' Aquarelle, Southwest Art, and Plein Air. His paintings have also been featured in Splash 10 and Splash 12. Michael teaches numerous workshops each year and around the country and internationally. In the past six months, he has taught workshops in Canada, Italy, Seattle, and Dallas. Upcoming workshops include Mendocino, North Dakota, and San Jose. Michael is also in demand as a demonstrator for art associations.

General Fields

  • : 9781440340765
  • : F&W Media, Incorporated
  • : North Light Books
  • : April 2016
  • : 276mm X 210mm X 15mm
  • : United States
  • : July 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Michael Reardon
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 751.42/2
  • : bl2016012328
  • : 144
  • : 250 colour illustrations