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Read five of my favorite watercolor instruction books.
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It is my wish to help you learn to paint. To help you along, let’s review my own library of books.
First of favorite watercolor instruction books: Step by Step Instruction
Start with a beautiful book by a dear friend Susan Harrison-Tustain.
Wonderful images of flowers, leaves, bees and more will have you rereading this wonderful book.
Then, you can follow Susan’s excellent instructions for her “priming” method for her application of watercolor layers of paint.
Second of favorite watercolor instruction books: Design
The second excellent book includes design information. Charles Reid’s “Painting What (you want) to See” is a great instructional book. However, you won’t go wrong by reading any of his books.
Both oil and watercolor paintings fill this book. In addition, a useful series of exercises reinforces concepts.
Third favorite watercolor instruction book: Watercolor Portraits
Mary Whyte’s recommended book shows the process of one of the most gifted contemporary portrait painters.
Wonderful color and light filled watercolor portraits stop you at every page. Especially important to study are her amazing depiction of wrinkles and her fabulous color transitions that describe form in her skin.
Fourth favorite watercolor instruction book: Experimental and Gorgeous
Shirley Trevena explores different design style “stepping away from accurate visual representation” and interesting watercolor techniques.
Shirley Trevena’s watercolors are strong compositionally and vibrant in their rich colors. In addition, her books inspire one to think and to try new tools and methods.
Fifth: Breathtaking Portraits
Stephen Scott Young is a master painter and a master in his subtle use of color transitions and design.
This book has become a collector item. However you could get it on interlibrary loan just to see it and hold it in your hands.
First in this series, perhaps some of these wonderful books can get into your Christmas stocking.