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Watercolour Painting
Art Answers Series
George James

Search Press
4 February 2012 / ISBN-13: 9781844488315
How-To Books/Painting
Amazon US - UK

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde

This is the first entry in a new series called Art Answers. Like the other popular craft books that feature questions and answers, this one does the same only with watercolor painting.

It is a good idea, and I can imagine many beginners (as well as improvers) being pleased with this book. I particularly like the first chapter that answers those vital first few questions such as what do you need to buy, how do you stretch paper, do you need an easel etc. Other chapters tackle subject areas such as color and composition, basic techniques, finishing and display, etc. and there are also chapters dealing with the various subjects for painting. These are still life, landscapes, human figures and also different art styles. There is nothing about animals or abstracts, but then this is just one book. Every question is illustrated with an example, including some staged techniques to try, and I found the answers were mostly succinct and easy to understand. I can imagine that many people who are just starting out (or who have done a bit but need some further knowledge) will find this book very helpful indeed. A great idea for a series about any practical subject.

You find out more about UK reviewer Rachel Hyde at her blog: Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2012