Whitney’s now-famous students share the lessons they learned from the watercolor legend.Edgar Whitney was one of art’s most admired teachers and artists, especially renowned for his mastery of design. This one-of-a-kind book compiles teachings and paintings by Whitney and 15 of his students.
— features students including Frank Webb, Tony Couch, Betty Lou Schlemm, Tony van Hasselt and Judi Wagner
— offers comprehensive instruction-including Whitney’s famed “tools and rules” approach to design
— helpful “Whitneyisms” (his famous instructional catchphrases) are highlighted throughout
Most important message from Watercolor the Edgar Whitney
The 7 Elements of Design.
- Line – Any painting can possess lots of line variety but only one type should dominate. This is particularly true when considering if the dominance should be curved or straight or thick or thin.
- Value – Values alone can be used to express form and are more important than color for readability. Color merely embellishes appearances. The mood of the painting can be set by a dominance of one value throughout and is called the “key”. I learned this from Neal (nmserie) a couple of years ago.
- Colour – Colour has three properties: hue, intensity and value. When colors are adjacent (see colour wheel), they harmonize, hues diametrically opposite to each other on the wheel are complimentary and tend to enhance one another when set side by side. Intensity is the strength of the colour. Value is the lightness or darkness of any colour
- Texture – Texture has four qualities – rough, smooth, soft and hard. It enriches and augments and is an antidote for monotony in a too pure area.
- Shape – Shape is anything that has height and width. Shapes can be curved, angular or rectangular, and all three can be used in one painting, but only one category should dominate. There are also positive and negative shapes. A good shape has two different dimensions – wider than it is tall or taller than it is wide, oblique or slanted with interlocking edges.
- Size – It is the relationship of sizes in a painting that must be carefully planned. To entertain the eye, use a variety of size in objects as well as positive and negative areas.
- Direction – The lines and shapes have a directional thrust which is either horizontal, vertical or oblique. Again, only one direction should dominate to convey the spirit of the painting. Horizontal dominance suggest tranquility and repose while vertical shapes and lines suggest austerity and strength while oblique dominance expresses drama and excitement.