Ready To Paint Series
Wendy Jelbert, Michael Lakin,
Fiona Peart and Wendy Tait
3 January 2012 (US 1 May 2012) / ISBN: 9781844487271
Non-Fiction / How-to / Art
by Rachel A Hyde
Here is another
entry in the popular new Trace and Paint series, which combines
the work of four previously published titles in the Ready To Paint
series. Choose from four distinctive styles and fifteen staged projects
with tracings plus three extra tracings to tackle on your own.
I like the
combination of different styles in here; everybody is sure to have
their own favorite. There is the dreamy wash style of Wendy Tait,
the looser, luminous shapes of Fiona Peart, the bright backgrounded
outdoor pictures of Wendy Jelbert, and the very 18th century botanical
studies of Michael Lakin. Three of these artists use watercolors,
while Wendy's choice is acrylics. You will find a lot to learn as
you paint if you work through each picture, the very best way of
learning surely, as it is so hands-on and immediate. At the beginning
is the invariable guide to what to buy and why, this time giving
each artist's choice of colors and whether they favor pans over
tubes. The same goes for papers and brushes, which are helpful as
then you know what to buy in order to work in your chosen style.
As usual, all of this information is as brief as possible, allowing
lots of room in this book for those intricately staged projects.
I wish they had had books like this when I was learning to paint!
It really does take much of the guesswork out of the process as
well as being fun; you can even sell your finished masterpieces