This well-illustrated guide covers all aspects of painting coastlines and seascapes in oils—a challenge to even the most accomplished artists. Written by a prominent member of Cornwall's St. Ives Society of Artists, it ranges from suggestions for preliminary methods and composition to a complete demonstration in five steps. Additional topics include differences in color of the sea and wave forms, cliffs and island rocks, open sea painting, beach scenes, clouds over the sea, and creating moonlight effects. More than 70 illustrations, chosen for their technical and analytic value, complement the text.
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Smart uses a very limited palette to accomplish his brilliant seascapes. ( This palette could be adjusted slightly to reflect painting this side of the Atlantic by the addition of ultramarine blue and perhaps transparent oxide of red.) I first discovered this wonderful book in the public library at Rockport, Massachusetts and then immediately ordered my own copy. What struck me at the first read, beside the impressive images of Smart's paintings, was his insistence in drawing the sea currents by the shore in black and white on tan paper to understand the subtle movements of the water around rocky outcroppings. Then, as the concept for the painting is developed, this information becomes useful in supporting the center of interest. In conclusion, I think this is a wonderful and highly readable book that belongs on the bookshelf of every painter of the sea.
The artist gives a thoughtful and detailed approach to thinking about and painting water landscapes. His sketch work and painting techniques are carefully and beautifully illustrated. Most useful.
This is very useful tool, for the suggested limited palette and to the point instruction. I would highly recommend this book to all levels of painters.
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