This book is an incredible course on landscape painting, complete with sampler-style demonstrations on how to paint various elements. On a deeper level, it is about listening to your heart and following your inspiration.
MacKenzie shares his passion for the land, the medium of watercolor, and the marriage of the two. He starts with the essential techniques, tools and information that you need to work with watercolors--everything from stocking your studio to how getting the right grip on your brush can help you loosen up. He then delves into taking control of your composition. This chapter approaches composition as self-expression, and concentrates on ways to hold your viewer's interest through definite atmosphere, dynamic movement and strong contrasts.
The final, largest chapter features 30 painting demonstrations and covers all the wonderful specifics of painting water, sky and land. You'll love the breakdown of each element, one by one and step by step.