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Watercolor Essentials

Hands-On Techniques for Exploring Watercolor in Motion
By Birgit O’Connor

Watercolor moves like no other medium. Just add water, and the pigment takes on a life of its own. This book makes learning to paint equally dynamic, with page after page of step-by-step demonstration, plus more than 40 lessons on the companion DVD.

Get off to a happy start with basics such as laying a wash, applying a glaze and keeping whites white. Expand your skills and discover new ways to express yourself with advanced techniques, including special effects using salt, rubber cement and foil. From selecting and caring for your brushes to secrets for painting big, bold, beautiful shadows, Watercolor Essentials contains everything you need to paint with confidence.

Special Features

  • 33 exercises, from foundational skills to advanced techniques for painting clouds, rock textures, moonlit water and more
  • 7 start-to-finish demonstrations take you through the process of painting a variety of subjects, including atmospheric landscapes, waterscapes and flowers
  • 70-minute DVD puts it all into action, so you can see how the paint is applied and reacts on the paper

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Birgit O'Connor About Birgit
Birgit O’Connor is a self-taught painter who has been painting strictly with watercolor since 1988. She resides in northern California where she has been teaching watercolor since 1998. She has written for several magazines, including Watercolor Artist and The Artist’s Magazine; and has produced thirteen instructional DVDs on watercolor instruction. She has exhibited her work in dozens of one-woman shows and group shows. Her work has won numerous awards and can be found in private and corporate collections around the globe as well as in galleries.

Watercolor in MotionOther North Light Books by Birgit
Watercolor In Motion, Birgit’s first bestseller with North Light Books, really blew us away with her awe-inspiring art and incredible instruction. Her painting technique is full of movement and mingling, and you can witness it “in person” on the accompanying DVD where she shows you how to “go with the flow,” moving watercolor across the page to create gorgeous paintings.

Poppy by Birgit O'Connor from Watercolor Essentials

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The Poppy

by Birgit O’Connor
From Watercolor Essentials
Watercolor on 300-lb. (640gsm) cold-pressed paper
22″ × 30″ (56cm × 76cm)


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