Ready to Paint in 30 Minutes: Landscapes in Watercolour

Author(s): Dave Woolass


This guide to painting watercolour landscapes is ideal if you want to learn to paint but are short on time. Broken down into 33 quick and easy paintings that take no more than 30 minutes to complete, this basic course will teach you all the skills you need to paint landscapes and their components, including trees in winter, sparkling water, hedgerows and gates, animals, human figures and buildings in the landscape.

The 30-minute paintings are all worked at postcard size - ideal for a 6 x 4in (A6) watercolour pad, and tracings are included for those with limited drawing skills. Each small painting is a work of art in its own right, and can be stored in your portfolio for reference later, or framed and hung on the wall to impress your friends.

The book is broken down into chapters that focus, respectively, on essential watercolour techniques including colour mixing and glazing; laying washes and creating skies and realistic-looking clouds; the rudiments of composition; trees and flowers in a landscape; water- still and moving, from stream to open sea; and the living landscape - human and animal figures, structures and buildings in the landscape.

The final section of the book contains three complete paintings that demonstrate how to combine all the techniques and elements of painting landscapes, as gleaned from the preceding chapters. These paintings, too, are accompanied by actual-size tracings.

There are 33 tracings in all to help you compose your own landscape paintings.

Praise for the Ready to Paint in 30 Minutes series:

"This is a genuinely exciting evolution of a popular series. You'll be guided through some simple exercises and on to complete paintings, gaining valuable insights that will develop and improve your skills." - Henry Malt,


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Dave Woolass is one of the UK's leading artists with a strong art background spanning more than forty years. Born and raised in Yorkshire, UK, he began his working life as a trainee manager within the retail industry. Painting and drawing were always his first loves, however, and it was inevitable that Dave should turn to making a living from his artwork.

For many years Dave has delivered private art classes to small groups of students, and has delivered workshops and seminars nationwide for various art societies and galleries. He has frequently been commissioned by companies to demonstrate art materials at art events as well as on live television.

Dave's artwork features in many collections across the globe including UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and the Middle East, and he has also appeared on the popular UK TV programme, `A Brush with Fame'.

In 2001 the Fine Art Trade Guild of Great Britain elected Dave to the Court of the Guild in 2001. He was elected as The Masters Warden in 2003 and was ultimately elected `Master of the Fine Art Trade Guild' in 2004.

Introductionâ 6
Basic painting equipmentâ 8

Colour mixingâ 10
Colourful greysâ 12
Mixing greensâ 14
Glazingâ 16
Winter sceneâ 18
Figures in a gladeâ 20

Washes and skiesâ 22
Calm landscapeâ 24
Morning skyâ 26
A darker dayâ 28
Cloudsâ 30
Stormy nightâ 32
Pale dawn skyâ 34
A moody skyâ 36

Compositionâ 38

By the lakeâ 40
Fencesâ 42
Fence line in the snowâ 44

Trees and flowers 46

Hedgerowsâ 48
Layered foliageâ 50
Spring foliageâ 52
Summer treeâ 54
Autumn treeâ 56
Winter treesâ 58
Poppy fieldâ 60
Wildflower patchâ 62
Flowerbedsâ 64

Waterâ 66
Giving water depth and sparkleâ 68
Boat on open waterâ 70
Waterfallâ 72

The living landscapeâ 74

The ramblerâ 76
Watching the gondolasâ 78
Distant sheepâ 80
Dry-stone bridgeâ 82
Farm buildingâ 84
Distant buildingsâ 86
The urban landscapeâ 88

Country Cottageâ 90
Boats on a Lakeâ 92
Autumn Walkâ 94

Indexâ 96

General Fields

  • : 9781782214144
  • : Search Press Limited
  • : Search Press Limited
  • : February 2018
  • : 280mm X 216mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : February 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 751.422436
  • : 128
  • : 450 Illustrations, color
  • : Dave Woolass