With a palette of just six colors, true novices will achieve maximum success with minimum frustration as they learn the art of watercolor painting. Organized in a lesson-by-lesson approach, each chapter focuses on one or two skills and includes a series of practice exercises. Step-by-step, painters will learn how to choose materials and supplies and control the watercolors; work with analogous, complementary and triadic colors; master washes and other techniques; produce landscape elements such as skies, clouds, trees, and mountains; and depict fruits, flowers and other still life objects. Painting from photographs and the rules of composition are also discussed. Beautiful full-color illustrations offer plenty of inspiration and instruction.