Age range: Adult
Genre: Arts and crafts, painting
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill (August 18, 2015)
Source: From publisher
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
About the Book:
A comprehensive and practical guide to watercolor painting from sought-after instructor and acclaimed artist Leslie Frontz that answers the two most common questions students at all levels want to know: What am I doing wrong? and How do I decide what to do instead?
In the tradition of the eminently practical, top-selling guides such as How to Make a Watercolor Paint Itself, The Oil Painting Course You’ve Always Wanted, and Problem Solving for Oil Painters, this straightforward handbook offers a fresh approach to watercolor mastery that bridges the gap between theory and practice. Through thoughtful discussion, expert instruction, and in-depth step-by-step demonstrations, Leslie Frontz shows readers how to eliminate common barriers to achieve beautiful, captivating watercolor paintings. Beginning with teaching readers how to see with an artist’s eye, Frontz then establishes how watercolor painters build on this skill by making timely decisions throughout the creation process.
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My Thoughts on The Watercolor Course You’ve Always Wanted:
I picked this book up because the author’s artistic style lured me in and I wanted to learn how she does it. It’s broken into several sections, each one containing several demonstrations. She goes over what pigments she uses, the brush type, and technique employed to get different effects. She also talks about supplies, seeing like an artist, mood, and color. Unfortunately, the explanations are not as engaging as other painting books I’ve read, and the instructions in the demonstrations are thin. The tutorials are written in the present tense, which comes off awkward and stiff.
However, I’m a firm believer that every teacher has something to offer their students. The sections on values, line, and mood offer useful instruction that isn’t always found in other art books. Her step by step demonstrations are also helpful to study and learn from. I particularly like the way she mentions every pigment and brush she uses, so you can experiment and apply her knowledge to your own artwork.
Verdict: Worth the read, but I’ve read better.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.