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Ready To Paint Irish Landscapes In Watercolour
Ready To Paint Series
Dermot Cavanagh

Search Press
19 December 2013 (US 15 April 2014)
ISBN-13: 9781844489763
How-To Books/Painting

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde

Want to learn how to paint but don't know where to start? Search Press' award winning Ready To Paint series might be the answer. Transfer the tracings to your paper, work through the staged project and you should have a picture to be proud of. While you do this you will be learning how to paint.

It sounds simple and like all the best ideas it is, and it works. This time the subject is Irish landscapes and there are six in here, all very typical and in a watercolor style reminiscent of Cotman himself. You get to learn about what you need to buy - twelve colors and five brushes plus a few ordinary extras - and then it is on with the projects. As usual each project is in at least thirty or forty stages, each adding some small detail and showing how in words and a photograph. The sixth tracing has no instructions; you are on your own to work it all out with the aid of a large picture of the finished work. I always think that this is a nice touch, as after that you are ready to try a bit of sketching yourself with all the useful lessons from the book under your belt. The tracings are reusable, so you can use them over and over to get the right look if you need to. There is even a link to a Facebook page where you can share your paintings with other fans of this series, the finishing touch to a truly great series of art books.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2014