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Irish Landscapes in Watercolour (Ready to Paint) || Dermot Cavanagh

I suspect the broad usp of this is going to be the popular artist Dermot Cavanagh rather than the subject matter, effective though that is.

There’s a good variety of subjects here, including vernacular and formal buildings, and Dermot is particularly good on the use of colour to create shape, depth and recession. Ireland isn’t known as “the emerald isle” for nothing and he is also particularly sound on what Val Doonican once described as “forty shades of green”. As a general exercise in landscape painting, this is definitely worth a look.

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Ireland: Ready to Paint || Terry Harrison

With its rich colour and widely varied landscape, Ireland is bordering on artistic overload. At first glance, the idea of reducing a whole country down to five paintings (you get the usual pre-printed tracings that come with this series) sounds like a definition of the absurd, but Terry has picked subjects that capture the essence of what Ireland has to offer: a mountain, a castle, a seascape, cliffs and a townscape detail.

What you finish up with is as much a good primer in many of the subjects you might want to tackle in any situation as it is a practice run at a location where you might well be wondering where to start. Just remember to stock up on that Emerald Green, to be sure.

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