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A Celebration of Light

By Jane Freeman

Format: Paperback

SKU# Z5921

You'll Love this Watercolor Painting Book If:

  • You want to add light & texture to your watercolors
  • You want to hear fellow artists discuss their light painting techniques
  • You're having trouble composing realistic light & shadows on your canvas
In A Celebration of Light by Jane Freeman you'll discover new approaches to painting light & textures in watercolor & more. You'll learn how to add stronger impacts and dramatic lighting effects with 4 complete painting demos, 11 shorter technique demos and 10 full-page sidebar interviews with 10 top contemporary artists offering their watercolor painting ideas.

Author & experienced artist Jane Freeman takes you step-by-step through how to paint textures such as crystal, flowers, fruit, lace, silver, rusted metal, wood, fabric & hair in various light situations with easy-to follow watercolor painting lessons. You'll even get an entire chapter dedicated to painting backgrounds, showing you how painting the right background can improve your final painting results.

In A Celebration of Light You'll Learn:

  • How to compose light to create luminous effects on your canvas
  • How to prime, glaze, stroke & lift watercolors when painting
  • Basic color theories need to create vibrant, light-filled paintings
  • Advice for setting up still lifes and shooting reference photos
  • How to work without the hassle of masking fluid

About the Author: Jane Freeman

Jane's artwork has appeared in two volumes of North Light's best-of-watercolor series: Splash 7: A Celebration of Light and Splash 9: Watercolor Secrets and How Did You Paint That? 100 Ways to Paint Still Life and Florals (International Artist). She has also been featured in American Artist, Watercolor and International Artist magazines, and she is past editor of the website, where she interviewed nationally known artists. Jane teaches watercolor workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Check out this Exclusive Tip from A Celebration of Light

Consider this: working twenty minutes a day, five days a week will amount to about eighty hours of painting in one year. That is amazing and well worth it, don't you think? If I had done this, I would have logged 1,200 hours of painting during fifteen years of getting the kids through grade school. Instead, I thought twenty minutes a day was not enough time, and I gave up. When I finally tried it, it took an entire winter to complete a painting, but that painting - Summer Dream - was juried into the American Watercolor Society and chosen for Splash 7, a book featuring the winners of a best-of-watercolor competition. What more could you ask for? This works!

What Other Artist's Are Saying:

"This book is just wonderful! I love the lace and silver works. Jane captures and creates paintings with such taste! Own this book and hope to take one of her workshops." — Judy Champion-Frates
SKU Z5921
Author/Speaker/Editor Jane Freeman
File/Trim Size 11 x 8.5
Format Paperback
ISBN 13 9781600619106
Number Of Pages 128
Runtime 100 minutes

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Fabulous! Review by Ellen

I bought this a few years ago. It is one of the most thoughtful, useful and gorgeous watercolor books I have ever seen. Loads of useful info carefully and logically explained.

I doubt that I will ever paint any where near as well as Ms Freeman does. However, I have already used several of her tips, to get surprisingly nice results, in my far more modest paintings.

Even if you don't paint, the photos of her magnificent works make owning this book worthwhile.

(Posted on 1/7/2013)

Jane Freeman's book Review by Judy Champion-Frates

This book is just wonderful! I love the lace and silver works. Jane captures and creates paintings with such taste! Own this book and hope to take one of her workshops.

(Posted on 7/26/2010)

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