This handy, practical and inspirational little book is perfect for the pocket or art bag. It shows watercolour painters of all levels how to loosen up their paintings and maintain spontaneity by painting simple watercolour studies in no more than 10 minutes.
Written by popular artist Hazel Soan, the book is arranged in three parts: the first section explains all about the equipment you will need; the second section covers techniques and shows what can be achieved with watercolour in a short time span; the third section looks at various subjects that are ideal for painting quickly.
All the essential techniques are covered, focusing particularly on maximizing brushstrokes and exploring colours, and there is useful advice on deciding what to include and what to leave out. With helpful chapters on painting a wide range of subjects – people, landscapes, seascapes, buildings, gardens, flowers and still life – this little guide is ideal for quick reference when working in the studio or out in the field.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Author clearly has a wonderful command of the medium & her text is fairly descriptive, but is probably limited by the minuscule format (see below). As a beginner w/limited time, I had very high hopes for this book. I'm sure an accomplished artist can execute the paintings in this book in 10 minutes, but I don't think I'll be able to for a long time, if ever. I'm finding Watercolors in a Weekend by Hazel Harrison more suitable to my skill level. Subjects covered offer a little something for everyone -- landscapes, animals, people, flowers, & still life and certainly showcase the author's skill, versatility, & speed.
One caveat: This book is small, VERY, VERY, SMALL -- (about 3 & 1/4" x 4 & 5/8" and less than 1/2" thick). Perhaps the weight listed should have tipped me off, but who checks the weight of a book?
I gave this book 2 stars because of the pictures in the book. If your eyes are 20/20 good for you. You can probably read the book, however if you wear bifocals don't buy this book. The size of the book is about 3" by maybe a bit over 4 1/2". Hazel gives good tips on mixing oolors etc.
There are a lot of nice pictures to look at if you can see them. This is not the type of book you can lay out on your work table and refer to, it is way too small and anoying.
If the book is published in a normal size work book it would be worth buying, however it is very small and I would not recommend to anyone for purchase.
Newbie or experienced watercolorist, this tiny book contains a wealth of ideas and good advice/information. The flowers alone are worth the price, and Soan's use of light and shade in quick landscapes is inspirational. I teach beginner watercolor, and this is one of my favorite books...plus it's small enough to tuck in a pocket. Just excellent.
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