The glowing transparency and spontaneity of watercolor makes it an ideal medium for exploring the effects of sunlight, shadows, mist, stormy skies and more. Easy techniques for creating realistic effects are demonstrated in a series of stunning demonstrations. In his enthusiastic and practical manner, Barry Herniman guides you through all the different stages, revealing paintings rich in atmosphere, from tranquil river scenes and misty woodlands to dramatic landscapes and inspiring seascapes. This book is packed with useful tips and easy-to-follow techniques, each accompanied by beautiful paintings to inspire and help improve skills. Artists can learn how to apply these techniques to their own work to create original and unique watercolor paintings that almost spring to life.