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The Watercolour Enigma Paperback – 1 Mar 2018

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd; Search Press edition of self-published title edition (12 February 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782215611
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782215615
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 1.2 x 28.6 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 599 g
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The science of watercolour is intriguing but, if the very idea makes your eyes glaze over, prepare to be intrigued. This bills itself as "a complete course revealing the secrets and science of watercolour" and, it oozes practicality on every page. Stephen quite rightly understands that a watercolourist's only interest in the physical properties of their medium relates to what it can do for them and how they can exploit and control its behaviour. To this end, he explains the properties of water, how and why washes blend and the ways in which different pigments mix. The whole process is constructed as a series of exercises and demonstrations that show you what's happening rather than simply telling you, although there are also panels that explain the technicalities in simple terms. If you want to get the most out of your medium, this is a fascinating and absorbing look under the hood. * Artbookreview.net * Summer 2018 This intriguing book explains the basic science behind the way watercolour behaves. Stephen Coates is an artist first and foremost. What he has produced is as practical as any other painting manual - and as easy to follow as the best of them. Watercolour can be a tricky and unpredictable medium and many tutors will extol the the benefits of 'happy accidents'. Stephens approach is to understand and explain why effects such as granulation, blending and hard edges occur and how to control when they appear. This involves an understanding of the properties of water and paint and the behaviour of the brushes. You would be forgiven for not noticing the science because the book is constructed around a conventional series of exercises and demonstrations that show you things happening, rather than telling you about them. * The Artist *

About the Author

Stephen Coates was born in Sheffield in 1960. Son of a draughtsman, he was introduced to drawing at a very young age. He excelled in art at school but chose a career in retail, working first in the music industry for 16 years followed by another 16 years running his own catering business.

Largely self-taught, Stephen specialised in watercolours and over a period of twenty years, developed his own style and unique brand of teaching in his spare time. In 2011, he traded his sandwich business for a career in art and teaching. He became a full-time professional freelance artist and set up his own studio in Sheffield with a purpose-designed teaching facility. He runs courses, workshops and hosts his own amateur art groups. He also demonstrates his skills and shares his expertise at art society meetings all over England.

Stephen's successful teaching business inspired him to write and compile a watercolour teaching manual. He wanted to bring the excitement of his live teaching into the pages of a book so that students could truly experience the learning process in the comfort of their own homes.

Stephen exhibits at a variety of art shows and loves to share his experiences with people.

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