Venice is arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and painters have been inspired by its stunning and evocative vistas for hundreds of years. Now you too can create paintings of this wonderful city in watercolour by following Joe Dowden's clear, step-by-step instructions and the removable full-size drawings supplied. Simply transfer the drawing of your choice to watercolour paper and you are ready to start. Every colour mix and technique is fully explained, and there are numerous tips to help you produce a finished work of art worthy of framing and hanging on the wall. With the author's help, you will learn how to capture mood, paint realistic skies, water and architecture, and reproduce stunning light effects, all of which are essential for capturing the essence and beauty of Venice. There are five in-depth projects, with drawings supplied for each one, as well as a sixth bonus drawing. In addition, there is a useful section on the materials and equipment you need, and instructions on how to transfer the drawing.
Joe Francis Dowden gave up building-site labouring at the age of twenty-three to become a professional watercolour painter and part-time window cleaner. Working as a window cleaner gives Joe the freedom to scout out beautiful views amongst the lowland woods and streams of the Weald of Southern England. Joe loves painting water and marine subjects and his paintings are full of texture and detail. He has sold out at numerous one-man shows and exhibited throughout Britain. His work is in collections in the USA, Australia and the Far East. When not painting or cleaning windows, Joe enjoys restoring classic motorcycles and working as a volunteer on steam railways.