In this attractive book Richard Taylor, best known for his superb watercolours of buildings, provides a practical guide to painting houses and gardens in watercolour.
Painting your home and garden is very popular among amateur painters, reflecting the continuing interest in these subjects on television and in the media. It is an ideal subject for the artist, being literally on the doorstep, with the added bonus of the resulting paintings having a very personal quality.
Richard starts by explaining the practical aspects of painting - exploring colour and texture, using a sketchbook, and getting to grips with perspective and composition. Then he looks at a wide variety of houses, from town dwellings to country cottages, and scrutinises some of their smaller details of architectural interest.
He then moves on from the house, through the conservatory and out into the garden, where numerous interesting subjects can be found, such as wooden sheds, old stone walls and terracotta pots, not to mention the flowers and vegetables.
With sketches, step-by-step sequences, staged demonstrations and Richard's evocative watercolours to inspire and encourage, this book provides an ideal introduction to this fascinating subject.