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Ready to Paint in 30 Minutes: Boats & Harbours in Watercolour by Charles Evans

  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback + 32 tracing sheets
  • Publication: 01 August 2019
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782216285
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  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 600
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP Price: £12.99


This is a genuinely exciting evolution of a popular series. You’ll be guided through some simple exercises and on to complete paintings, gaining valuable insights that will develop and improve your skills.

This guide to painting boats and harbours in watercolour is ideal if you want to learn to paint but are short on time. Broken down into 33 quick and easy postcard size paintings, this basic course will teach you all the skills you need to paint boats, yachts or barges on calm seas or raging waves, including how to depict reflections in water, realistic spray and the suggestion of a busy harbourside or coastal village.

Table of Contents



Basic painting equipment8


Skies and water12

A simple scene14

Evening walk16

Overcast sky18

Calm before the storm20

Sunset sky22

Still water with reflections24

Textures and effects26

On the lake28



Trees and foliage34

Simple stonework36


Continental fishing boat40

Canal boats42

Sailing in choppy waters44

Shrimping boat46

Moored on the mud48

On the sand50


harbours and Buildings54

At the harbour wall56

Harbour with fishing boats58


Village on the water62

Seaside village64


Exotic harbour68

Waterside details70

Lobster pots72


Buoys on the beach76

People and animals78

Gone fishing80

Along the towpath82

Cormorant fishing84


Dogs on the dinghy88

The Roundhouse90

Racing Yachts92

Continental Harbour94


About Charles Evans

Charles Evans is one of the UK's leading painters, well-known from his long-running TV series and for his art classes, which are held all over the UK. After a conventional school education Charles entered and spent many years in the catering trade, eventually taking a break to study at Lincoln College of Art. He then joined the Royal Air Force. Following several years in the military, Charles resumed his civilian life in catering, owning bistros and contract catering companies, before turning back to art around thirty years ago. Charles made over two hundred television programmes on art for the Tyne Tees television company, then for the Discovery Channel.

Charles has written several books for Search Press, and now also represents Daler-Rowney as their main demonstrator. His exuberant and informal personality is reflected in his paintings, which have a lightness and simplicity that many artists aspire to.

Charles lives in Morpeth, Northumberland, UK. 

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