The Complete Guide to Watercolor
by Ray Smith – Paperback: 240 pages; DK; 1st edition (Jul 1, 2002)
The Complete Guide to Watercolor contains everything one needs to know about working in this very expressive medium. This all-in-one volume presents each process in clear, full-color photographic sequences, reveals secrets of the trade, and contains easy-to-follow projects to help master new techniques.
Chinese Landscape Painting Techniques for Watercolor
by Lian Quan Zhen – Hardcover: 128 pages; North Light Books (Aug 30, 2013) Best Seller
Learn how to make each brushstroke count when painting classically beautiful landscapes using a combination of traditional and modern watercolor techniques.
Master artist and teacher Lian Quan Zhen shows how to blend Eastern and Western art theories, materials and techniques to create landscapes with graceful simplicity.
by Jan Kunz Paperback: 128 pages; North Light Books; 1st edition (Apr 1999)
Watercolor can yield brilliant, gem-like colors or it can make mud. The difference is knowing how color works, how different pigments behave and how to see color with an artist's eyes. In this book, you'll find the keys to great color - from the importance of hue, value and intensity to how to capture the illusion of sunlight and luminous darks. Everything's explained in simple language with hands-on exercises, easy-to-follow demonstrations and nineteen step-by-step projects showing you how to fill your paintings with beautiful color!
Zoltan Szabo's Color-By-Color Guide to Watercolor
by Zoltan Szabo Hardcover: 127 pages; North Light Books; 1st edition (Feb 1998)
This easy-to-use reference guide is a must-have for artists of all skill levels. In it, they'll learn the keys to choosing the right color every time and solving a wide variety of color-mixing dilemmas. The special qualities and uses of most standard colors are also discussed individually.
Analogous, complementary and triadic sample palettes are provided, each with two step-by-step demonstrations. A color system dial is also included to demonstrate colors mixed with neutrals, tints and other common combinations.
Step-By-Step Guide to Painting Realistic Watercolors
by Dawn McLeod Heim Hardcover: 128 pages; North Light Books; 1st edition (Mar 1997)
Dawn McLeod Heim starts by showing you basic watercolor techniques that aren't explained in such detail anywhere elsehow to lay a controlled wash, charge colors, mix colors, how moist is "moist," how to check values, and other basics you need to successfully complete the 10 gorgeous painting projects that follow. Each project begins with a complete list of materials and colors neededright down to what size brushes to use. You'll even get detailed drawings you can trace to help you get you started. From there, just follow the clear, step-by-step instructions like a recipe, and you can't go wrong! In each project, you'll learn a variety of important techniques.
The Watercolorist's Complete Guide to Color
by Tom Hill Paperback: 144 pages; North Light Books (Feb 1998)Reader review:
Hill's painting style is loose, and ideal for the usually spontaneous nature of watercolor. This is a fine and needed book on color. The technique of painting receives a concise two chapters, yielding space to the problem of making watercolor paints behave. Hill's study of color is based in physics and reality, not taste. I much prefer it this way. Full and detailed descriptions of "all the paints you will probably ever use" tell how they perform, how to test your paints, and what to expect when you mix them. If blue and yellow do not make green for you, but brown or gray, this book gives insight into why this happens. . .
An Introduction To Watercolor
by Ray Smith Paperback: 72 pages: 1st paperback edition; Dk Pub Merchandise (May 1998)
Whether you've taken art classes or never held a brush before, An Introduction to Watercolor will show you everything you need to know about painting beautifully in this challenging -- but rewardingmedium. Easy-to-follow projects, shown as they were created, teach the essentials while inspiring the student to tackle increasingly complex techniques. Each volume of the DK Art School series focuses on a specific medium and subject, so you can choose precisely what you want to learn. When complete, the DK Art School will offer the widest choice of specific subjectsfrom acrylic figure to oil portrait, and from pastel still life to watercolor landscape. Build your own private Art School in your home library.
Watercolor Painting Outside the Lines: A Positive Approach to Negative Painting
by Linda Kemp Hardcover: 128 pages; North Light Books (Mar 2004)
This is the only title on the market that gives readers a comprehensive look at negative painting. Linda Kemp shows beginning and advanced artists how to harness the power of these often overlooked areas around a painting's focal point. The book is brimming with easy-to-follow, interactive elements, including:
Step-by-step techniques, exercises and projects
Do-it-yourself tests and worksheets
Troubleshooting suggestions and secrets
Straightforward diagrams for color and design
Whether they want to paint florals, landscapes or patterns in nature, readers will come away with the skills they need to make their next work more striking than ever!
Creative Discoveries in Watermedia
by Pat Dews Hardcover: 128 pages: North Light Books; 1st edition (Aug 1998)
Once the watercolorist gets past good early training in books like Mary Whyte's Watercolor for the Serious Beginner (Watson-Guptill, 1997), Dews's book will be a liberating experience. Dews takes watercolor, acrylic, gesso, and inks and goes creatively crazy. Using more than 32 techniques for creating patterns and textures, she demonstrates her unconventional style of rendering trees, rocks, and water into stunning abstract paintings. In one particularly good section, she begins with a single reference photo and creates three completely different works. Highly recommended. Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Watercolor Free & Easy
by Eric Wiegardt Hardcover: 120 pages; North Light Books; 1st edition (Mar 1, 1996)Reader review:
Wiegardt's style is classical in his use of the correct basics while still being very expressive and loose. His step by step instructions are understandable and easy to follow. His style is right on the mark for those interested in learning how to develop that elusive "loose" style. If you like Edgar Whitney and Skip Lawrence you'll love Wiegardt!
Watercolor: A New Beginning: A Holistic Approach to Painting
by Ann K. Lindsay Paperback: 144 pages; Watson-Guptill (Jun 1998)
Lindsay's approach to teaching watercolor emerges from somewhere between the traditional art world and the deep, mystic spaces of the self. In her words, "Watercolor likes to be danced with, not controlled." Relearn the playfulness of childhood, she argues; abandon the constant worry of whether the work is "good" or done the "right" way. If you concentrate on the processAthe experience of paintingAquality will emerge on its own. There are several fine books on watercolor from the rational school, like Jack Reid's Watercolor Basics: Let's Get Started
(LJ 12/98). Lindsay's unique work will strike a chord with many beginning artists who respond to a more personal, even spiritual tone. So handsomely designed that it's hard to resist leafing through it, this holistic tome is highly recommended. Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Painting Glowing Colors in Watercolor
by Penny Soto Hardcover: 144 pages; North Light Books; 1st edition (Apr 2003)
Whether theyre painting landscapes, portraits or still lifes, all watercolorists want their work to glow from within. In this essential guide, Penny Soto teaches painters the ins-and-outs of achieving this elusive effect. Readers will learn:
Why they should create value drawings
How pigments react with paper
The basics of color washes and temperature
How to use an underpainting to make colors glow
The book gives artists a complete color education in an illustrated instruction style that makes it easy for readers of every skill level to follow along with the demonstrations. Its an ideal reference for any painter who wants richer, more vibrant colors.
Penny Soto is an accomplished painter and illustrator. Her work is included in the corporate collections of Pacific Bell, Kaiser Foundation and Ralston Purina. Pennys art has also appeared in The Artists Magazine
and Airbrush Action
. She lives in San Ramon, California.
Building Brilliant Watercolors
by Judy D. Treman Hardcover: 128 pages; North Light Books (Nov 1998)
Treman is a highly accomplished watercolorist, working in a large-format, realistic style. Here, she concentrates on color theory and the unique ability of watercolor to achieve a transparent brilliance that lends work a heightened sense of reality. Unique to this volume is Treman's use of what she terms "disappearing purple." To avoid muddy colors, the bane of the medium, she paints in shadows as her first step, the opposite of the accepted method. She finds that shades of purple blend and disappear, leaving vivid, natural colors. (Old Masters, she contends, similarly used sepia as an underpainting in oils.) Limited mainly to floral still lifes, this should be added only after broader works on the same topic, like Rachel Rubin Wolf's Splash 4: The Splendor of Light
(LJ 11/15/96). Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
No More Wishy-Washy Watercolor
by Margaret M. Martin Hardcover: 128 pages; North Light Books; 1st edition (Mar 1999)Reader review:
The cover of No More Wishy-Washy Watercolor
says it all, as does the title. Look at those yellow sunflowers. They virtually POP against the purple flowers between them (yellow and purple are color wheel opposites.) That's just one trick to make your watercolor stand out that you will learn in this book. If you love watercolor but hate that smear of pale blue, dull green and other types of landscape problems, look in here for solutions. This is a wonderful watercolor book and a real help to anyone, experienced or beginner.
Paint Watercolors Filled With Life and Energy
by Arne Westerman 1st Edition, Hardcover: 135 pages; North Light Books, 1994Reader review:
Successful paintings express feelings. I think paintings without emotion content aren't worth the paper. Clever technique alone has little lasting value. Superficial dash and sparkle fade pretty rapidly in interest." That's what the artist states and is ever so true, true to the feelings and true to his faith to art. I am always inspired by this artist, through what he says, through his paintings and how he started his watercolour painting at his fifty! The light, the emotions, the people, and the whole feel of the picture... the painting itself tells!! I have read this book for many times and every time I read like is the first time. If you love watercolour painting, you should not miss this book!
Ron Ranson on Skies: Techniques in Watercolour and Other Media
by Ron Ranson Hardcover: 128 pages; Cassell Academic (Mar 1997)
Master watercolorist Ron Ranson demonstrates how to capture the sky and improve the quality of your paintings, using a palette of only seven colors. He explains how to use a camera as a tool and photographs as a source to keep your work fresh, immediate, and spontaneous.
Watercolor Basics: Trees, Mountains and Rocks
(Watercolor Basics) by Zoltan Szabo Paperback: 128 pages; North Light Books; 1st edition (Jul 2000)
Szabo continues to be one of the masters in the field of watercolors. Born in Hungary, he teaches seminars that have influenced artist in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. With this book, he adds another important volume to ten previous highly popular books, including his classic Zoltan Szabo's 70 Favorite Watercolor Techniques
(LJ 3/15/96). Here, he briefly surveys tools and techniques before guiding beginners through 15 step-by-step demonstrations of trees, mountains, and rocks. He imparts color-mixing theory and techniques for texture and mood, pulling it all together into finished, realistic landscapes. Highly recommended for all collections. Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc
Watercolorist's A to Z of Trees and Foilage
by Adelene Fletcher Hardcover: 128 pages; North Light Books (Oct 2003)
The real challenge to painting a captivating landscape is re-creating a tree's distinctive character and personality. Adelene Fletcher shows watercolorists of all skill levels how to do exactly that in this unique guide. The Watercolorist's A to Z of Trees and Foliage
features easy-to-follow instructions for painting 25 of the most popular species of trees, including:
American Elm Black walnut Oleander Peach tree
Golden weeping willow Sugar maple Horse chestnut
Readers will also find concise instruction on everything from dry brushing and masking to negative painting and lifting out. This book walks artists through all the tips, tricks and techniques they'll need for more breathtaking landcapes!
Transparent Watercolor Wheel
by James Kosvanec Hardcover: 144 pages; Watson-Guptill (May 1994)
Featuring a detachable fold-out color wheel and clear guidelines, this unique book solves the problem of muddy blends, taking the guesswork out of mixing clean watercolors every time.
While the color groups of a standard wheel are shown, this wheel goes much further, organizing pigments into five categories: transparent nonstaining colors; semi-transparents; opaques; semi-opaques; and whitened and blackened colors. Detailed text explains how color groups interact, some resulting in dull blends, others producing luminous, transparent effects. Readers are treated to abundant examples, step-by-step exercises, and analyses of work by several of today's outstanding watercolorists.
Hilary Page's Guide to Watercolor Paints
by Hilary Page Paperback: 160 pages; Hilary Page (Feb 1997)
The definitive, buyers guide to watercolor paints, Hilary Page's Guide to Watercolor Paints, will SAVE YOU MONEY because you will avoid buying duplicate paints. The Guide will enable you to buy the best paints possible for your individual needs and budget. The Guide rates each paint according to the "Ten Desirable Paint Qualities" including lightfastness with visual samples of nearly 1, 500 paints from the following brands: Winsor & Newton, Daniel Smith, Schmincke, Fragonard Pebeo, Rowney, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Old Holland, Sennelier, Grumbacher, Blockx, M.C. Graham, Academy, Impellist Sakura, Da Vinci, Shiva, Georgian, Cotman, Maimeri, and Koi Sakura; plus brief information on Yarka, Pelican, Lukas, Pentel, Linel, and Niji. A comprehensive Master Triangle of paints and pigments serves as a key to the book and the complete manufacturer's paint index makes the Guide very user friendly. Hilary Page's Guide to Watercolor Paints also provides "Convenience Lists" that tabulate staining, textural, transparent, opaque and two-tone paints together with suggested palettes. The Guide gives useful information on pigments including toxicity, the latest ASTM ratings and reflectance curves for quantifiable color information. The illustrated, historical background makes for entertaining and informative reading. As an added bonus the Guide now comes with regular Updates at the Hilary Page website - This address is given at the front of each book. The update covers paints that have been upgraded or introduced since publication, from the following brands: American Journey, Cotman (17 paints), Holbein (24 paints) MaimeriBlu, and Venezia. You can store the Updates within the covers of the Guide
Best of Watercolor 3
by S. Hollerback, B. L. Schlemm, Serge Hollerbach (Introduction) Hardcover: 144 pages; Rockport Publishing (Oct 1999) Reader review
: This showcase book is packed with spectacular watercolor art with a wide variety of subject and style, including people, nature, still-life and abstract. It is delight to leaf through and a great source of inspiration.
Splash 2: Watercolor Breakthroughs
by Rachel Wolf (Editor), Greg Albert (Editor) Paperback: 144 pages; North Light Books (Feb 1998)Reader review
: This book is not just for the watercolor enthusiast, as it focuses on "breakthroughs"...something any artist can appreciate. Watercolor is only one of the mediums that I use, but I go through this book over and over, always finding something refreshing that helps in whatever work I'm doing. It's great that some of the breakthroughs mentioned are not limited to the technique alone, revealing the "true" nature of being a working artist. The Splash series of books are often the ones I choose to keep in my reference library.
Chinese Watercolor Journeys With Lian Quan Zhen
by Lian Quan Zhen – Hardcover: 192 pages; North Light Books (Mar 5, 2015) Best Seller
From landscapes and architecture to people and animals, Lian Quan Zhen has painted it all. Inside Chinese Watercolor Journeys with Lian Quan Zhen
, you will see beautiful paintings in both the Chinese and Western styles. Filled with tips and stories, you'll learn about Lian's techniques and artistic journey. The large, colorful images will inspire you to take a journey of your own.
How to Paint: Colour & Light in Watercolour
by Jean Haines – Paperback: 64 pages; Search Press (Dec 1, 2010) Best Seller
A stunningly beautiful book that teaches you how to produce loose and expressive paintings, filled with colour and light.
Splash 4: The Splendor of Light
by Rachel Rubin Wolf (Editor) Hardcover: 144 pages; North Light Books (Sep 1996)
Over 120 watercolor paintings which celebrate light are gathered in this beautiful collection of contrasts and images. This gathers illustrations from over a hundred contemporary American watercolorists, who examine the nature of light in art and explore how their used it to their advantage. A highly recommended collection of stunning images.
Splash 5: Best of Watercolor: The Glory of Color
by Rachel Rubin Wolf (Editor) Hardcover: 144 pages; North Light Books; 1st edition (Jul 1998)Reader review
: This book is a celebration of color and the watercolor medium. Turning the pages is like watching a fabulous fireworks display. Each page reveals another explosion of beautiful color painting. Like fireworks, some paintings go off with a huge bang, and others are more muted; but each painting has something to saythere are no "duds." Helpful comments by the artists give insight as to how and why each painting was done. If you're an artist looking for inspiration, this book can really give you a whack in the side of the head that will send you running to your paints. Even if you're not an artist, you'll enjoy the gorgeous colors and wide, wild variety of subjects and techniques. An astonishing book and well worth the price.
Splash 6: The Magic of Texture
by Rachel Rubin Wolf (Editor) Hardcover: 144 pages; North Light Books (Mar 2000) . Cover by artist Paul McCormack
: I was given this book just two weeks ago, but have already been through it several times. As its title suggests, it does indeed focus on depicting texture in watercolors, but I kept forgetting that as I turned each page and was stunned by the incredible artwork. I liked this book the most because of the diversity of paintings included. It has examples of serious, whimsical, traditional, avant-garde, representational, abstract... You name it! It helped open up my mind as to what watercolor could be.
Splash 7: A Celebration of Light
by Rachel Wolf (Editor) Hardcover: 144 pages; North Light Books (Mar 2002)
As prolific editor and artist Wolf rightly notes, "Light elicits a host of reactions from us humans. Light is also the foundation for art. Without light there is no contrast, no color, no vision. Certainly, light's primacy and symbolic power make it the most compelling subject for the visual artist." Here, Wolf bears out her argument with 124 stunning examples by 95 artists, who also append brief statements about each work. This is an inspiring, visually rich volume but certainly not an essential purchase if one owns Wolf's previous volume on the same subject, Splash 4: The Splendor of Light
. Either is a good choice for advanced artists. For artists seeking detailed instruction on the techniques of creating the ephemeral effects of light, see Patricia Monahan's Light in Watercolour.
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Splash 8: Watercolor Discoveries
by Rachel Rubin Wolf (Editor) Hardcover: 143 pages; North Light Books (Aug 2004)
There's nothing more inspiring than a glimpse into the artistic lives of the country's best contemporary watercolor painters. With page after page of gorgeous artwork covering every conceivable subject matter, Splash 8: Watercolor Discoveries
Showcases nearly 140 paintings by about 100 top artists
from around the country
Gives readers takeaway advice with every piece of artwork.
These "discoveries" cover both practical and creative
breakthroughs made by the featured artists
Includes popular mixed-media work, as well as translucent
Whether they're art lovers or full-fledged painters, readers won't want to miss the latest installment in this popular series!
Splash 9: Watercolor Secrets: The Best of Watercolor
by Rachel Rubin Wolf (Editor) Hardcover: 144 pages; North Light Books (Aug 10, 2006)
Features a selection of art from America's best contemporary watercolor painters Offers clear, practical advice on how to apply a specific technique from each painting to the reader's own art Paintings focus on all varieties of subjects including street scenes, landscapes, animals and people. Splash 9: Tips and Techniques
offers readers insight into the minds and working methods of some of the best contemporary painters through more than 100 paintings, each with its own lesson. Featuring tips on techniques including light, color, composition and brush application, this book provides an intimate look at the styles of successful artists. With all this and more, this is one book that will make a splash among painters!
Beautiful Botanicals: Painting and Drawing Flowers and Plants
by Bente Starcke King Spiral-bound: 127 pages; North Light Books; Spiral edition (Sep 2004)
Acclaimed botanical artist Bente Starcke King shows artists of all levels how to create artful and soulful illustrations of tulips, irises, rose hips, echinacea and more. Taking readers step-by-step through proven techniques for capturing this popular subject matter, Beautiful Botanicals
Provides numerous tips and 19 demonstrations for all the
most popular mediums, including watercolor, pencil, pen
and ink, ink wash and mixed media (watercolor with
colored pencil or ink).
Draws even casual readers in with striking, colorful
illustrations set against white backgrounds.
Appeals to fine artists, decorative painters and even garden
enthusiasts with clear instruction and plentiful
The book also covers such practical topics as cleaning, along with signing and framing one's artwork, and it includes interesting stories and facts about the flowers and plants presented. It's a must-have for any nature or art lover!
Botanical Illustration Course: With the Eden Project
by Meriel Thurstan, Rosie Martin Hardcover: 144 pages; Batsford (May 28, 2006)
This is simply the best and most complete course in botanical illustration ever produced, with each chapter a perfectly constructed and self-contained class. Created in conjunction with the internationally renowned Eden Projecthome of the only jungle in captivityits put together by two leading figures in the Projects famed art school, and uses many beautiful works from its students. Artists and plant lovers will find a wealth of practical information, with easy-to-follow exercises and case studies. The priceless advice encompasses everything from honing observational skills and plant dissection procedures to color mixing and applying watercolor. Adding highlights, producing a pleasing composition, and developing a personal styleall the building blocks for achieving excellence are here.
The Watercolor Flower Painter's A to Z: An Illustrated Directory of Techniques for Painting 50 Popular Flowers
by Adelene Fletcher Hardcover: 128 pages; North Light Books (Oct 2001)
Flowers are an ideal subject for painters. They can be chosen to suit one's mood and arranged however desired. Even a garden of modest size can offer a profusion of subject matter. And watercolor is the ideal medium for painting flowers. This unique watercolor artist's guide offers easy to follow, plant specific information on how to paint over 50 of the most popular flower species. Along with step by step photographs, details and instructions for capturing the essence of each flower, the book includes information on the appropriate techniques and color mixes to use.
Painting Flowers in Watercolor With Louise Jackson
by Louise Jackson Paperback: 128 pages; North Light Books (Sep 1997)
Jackson is a highly successful decorative artist, an experienced workshop instructor, and host of her own TV series called Painting with Louise. Her purely decorative arts approach is upbeat, with the emphasis on pieces that can be taught step-by-step and that are attractive and marketable. Strictly for the beginning painter, this is a solid, useful effort. Advanced artists should turn to Kathryn Kipp's The Best of Flower Painting
(North Light, 1996). Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
The Best of Flower Painting
by Kathryn Kipp (Editor), Rachel Rubin Wolf (Editor) Hardcover: 144 pages; North Light Books (Mar 1997)
Kipp, editor of more than 50 art instruction books, has gathered flower paintings from 133 contemporary artists for the best such collection to date. Artists' styles vary from precise botanical studies to lush pastels and oils, light-filled watercolors, and studies influenced by Japanese silk painting. Highly recommended for advanced artists who don't require step-by-step demonstrations; for the beginner, see Rachel Rubin Wolf's Basic Flower Painting Techniques in Watercolor
(North Light, 1996). Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Painting Crystal and Flowers in Watercolor
by Susanna Spann Hardcover: 125 pages; North Light Books (Apr 17, 2001)
Susanna Spann shows artists how to capture the unmatched beauty of crystal and flowers in watercolor by "building" paintings like a Polaroid picture, developing them layer by layer, value by value, creating works full of drama and feeling.
Basic Flower Painting Techniques in Watercolor: Techniques in Watercolor
(Basic Techniques Series) by Rachel Rubin Wolf (Editor) – Paperback: 127 pages; North Light Books; 1st edition (Sep 1996)
The first two titles in the new "Basic Techniques" series from North Light Books, these books are part of a trend by art instruction publishers to compile previously published works into larger, more definitive texts. Material for these books came from earlier North Light books and from The Artist's Magazine
. Basic Flower Painting
includes the work of 24 painters in more than 20 step-by-step demonstrations. More than the sum of its parts, it is a sophisticated, comprehensive treatment. Basic People Painting
takes advantage of the styles and ideas of 11 watercolorists for a book that is visually rich and highly useful. For portrait painting in other media, see Roberta Carter Clark's How To Paint Living Portraits
(North Light, 1990). Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Paint Watercolors That Dance With Light
by Elizabeth Kincaid Hardcover: 128 pages; North Light Books (Oct 5, 2004)
Elizabeth Kincaid invites readers to follow her proven techniques for painting dazzling scenes drenched in color. Her beautiful flowers, foliage and landscapes will have readers eager to create their own--and they will, using:
Easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions that take the
mystery out of composition, color, light and shadow
A practical guide to masking and glazing
Newly trained eyes to visualize before painting and to better
perceive abstract form, value, line and color
All levels of watercolorists, as well as color enthusiasts of all mediums, will enjoy using Kincaid's tips to create vivid paintings infused with light!
Light Up Your Watercolors Layer by Layer
by Linda Stevens Moyer Hardcover: 128 pages; North Light Books; 1st edition (Apr 2003)
Color theory and the depictions of light and texture comprise "the language of light," according to watercolorist Moyer, who uses the three main techniques of brush line, wash, and wet-into-wet applications with two systems of space representation in five minidemos. These practice steps allow readers to develop layering skills on simple projects before progressing to the three larger demos, all complete paintings rich with radiant luminosity--no small thing in a medium many feel is the most demanding and least forgiving of the two-dimensional plastic arts. Whitney Scott Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
Painting Sunlit Still Lifes in Watercolor
by Liz Donovan Hardcover: 144 pages; North Light Books; 1st edition (Jul 1997)
This is one of the best in a recent spate of books that uses sunlight as the unifying theme. Donovan contends, as do most realist artists, that light is the most important part of a painting. In 33 demonstrations, she explores sunlit lace, glass, silver, wood, fruit, and flowers.
Refreshingly, she is one of the few art instructors who admit that certain effects of texture and shape are nearly impossible to learn from a book. Such honesty is typical of the style of this fine work. A good companion to Patricia Monahan's more general Light in Watercolour
(LJ 7/96). Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
You can visit Liz's web site at http://www.lizdonovan.com
Capturing Light in Watercolor
by Marilyn Simandle, Lewis Barrett Lehrman Hardcover: 128 pages; North Light Books, 1997
Known for her glorious, light-filled paintings, Marilyn Simandle shares her secrets for evoking the celebrated "glow" of watercolor. The book includes a series of step-by-step demonstrations, each building on the one before it. 182 color illustrations.
Painting Light and Shade: How to Achieve Precise Tonal Variation in Your Watercolors
(Quarto Book) by Patricia Seligman Paperback: 128 pages; North Light Books (Feb 2004)
Paintings with light have a hidden energyan energy that captures the attention of the viewer. Painting Light and Shade
shows artists how to precisely control light and shade in their paintings to achieve masterful results.
Readers will learn how to observe light and shade, and will discover helpful techniques for painting light from the sky, capturing highlights, painting shadows, and capturing the changing nature through the day. Featured paintings from professional artists, each accompanied by a tonal sketch, are broken down into step-by-step demonstrations that focus on relevant techniques, allowing readers to learn while simultaneously creating paintings that shimmer with light.
Painting Light and Shadow in Watercolor
by William B. Lawrence Hardcover: 133 pages; North Light Books; 1st Edition, 1995Reader review:
Whether you're a painter who has worked for years, or a 'newbie' you will appreciate and be inspired by Skip Lawrence's fresh and candid approach to more powerful painting via the tools of light and shadow. This is not a 'paint-like-I-do" guide, it's an intelligent conversation with examples of his and other terrific artists, to show how color and light and design all work together to create compelling and meaningful art that truly expresses your vision as an artist. This is a most essential and useful addition to any painter's resources, and it's valuable for both watercolorists and painters of other media as well.
Light in Watercolor
by Lucy Willis, Sally Bulgin Paperback: 128 pages; Watson-Guptill (Sep 1997)