David Curtis is a strong advocate of working on site, in all weathers, observing and capturing the changing conditions and effects. In this book he explains in detail his two main methods for painting on location - for quick, loose studies and for more controlled and detailed paintings - and additionally he shows how to collect reference material on the spot and develop this into resolved pictures back in the studio. He provides helpful advice on interpreting various light effects; with sound guidance on choosing materials, exploring techniques, composition, tone and colour and associated topics; complemented by a wealth of sketches, finished works and demonstration paintings to illustrate different points and inspire further ideas.
Richly illustrated, the book covers: The Watercolour Medium: Scope and characteristics, materials, exploring different techniques; Developing Ideas: Drawing and design, tone and pattern, colour intensity; Inspired By Light: Light and mood, light as a subject, highlights and shadows, painting in all weathers; Subjects And Interpretations: Boats and boatyards, beach scenes, harbours and estuaries, rivers, landscapes, towns and buildings, figures; Working Methods: Plein air painting, the considered approach, the middle way, capturing the moment
David Curtis is an internationally renowned watercolourist. He won first prize in the Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition in 1992 and he has won several other prizes in this event. Further awards include the Stanley Grimm Memorial Prize, the Collins Brown Award and the Roberson Award. His work is widely exhibited and is also published as fine art cards and prints. He lives in Doncaster, England.