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How to Paint Like Turner Paperback – September 1, 2010
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About the Author
Ian Warrell is curator of 18th- and 19th-century British art at Tate.
Joyce Townsend is senior conservation scientist at Tate and the author of Turner’s Painting Techniques.
Mike Chaplin is a watercolor expert.
Tony Smibert is a painter based in Tasmania.
- Item Weight : 1.52 pounds
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 185437883X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1854378835
- Product Dimensions : 10.5 x 0.5 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Tate (September 1, 2010)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #371,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For a start, it was bigger than I expected, it's A4 sized. It's extremely clearly and well written and edited. The contents are: Getting to know Turner; Turner's materials; Getting started; and Learning from Turner. Each one if these chapters has sub-sections, for example, in Learning from Turner, you get to cover sky, water, fire, trees, buildings, people and animals, mountains, sunrise and sunset, and moonlight. The book includes a good and detailed chronology, glossary, bibliography and index.
The Learning from Turner section gives very clear and well laid out guidelines on reproducing some of his techniques. They are so clear that anyone from the absolute watercolor beginner to expert would get a lot out of these exercises and would be able to create works to be proud of. Even better, the techniques you will learn if you follow the exercises would give you confidence to strike out on your own and create your own compositions.
This fascinating book really is a triumph from the team at Tate and I can't recommend it highly enough.
If you are a big Turner fan, you may be interested to know that nearly all of Turner's sketchbooks are available to view online. Here's a link to his wonderful watercolor sky sketches: http://www.tate.org.uk/art/search?q=turner%27s%20sky%20watercolour%20sketchbooks
I love that you can click through the pages and see all this! Even better, if you visit London, you can make an appointment and see these wonderful sketchbooks in person, for free.
There are so many 'exercises' to try and they go over everything you would see in a Turner sketch- mountains, fire, moonlight, water, trees, figures etc. I don't always agree with the colour selection they choose for the exercises, but working within the author's selection has given me an opportunity to experiment with colour in a new way. I also have appreciated the author's incorporation of additional techniques like scraping and damaging the paper to create some of the effects in the copies.
One of the most important lesson I learned so far has been the importance of having a good wash brush. You cannot get the reflective effects from water without an impeccably smooth wash.
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The step by step lessons are easy to follow. The list of materials needed is not so extensive as to deter anyone starting from scratch.
The history of Turner's life and work is a fascinating read.