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Beyond Technique: Painting with Passion [Hardcover]

Alvaro Castagnet
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bold and quite different style of watercolour May 28 2012
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Alvaro Castagnet is known for his powerful and expressive style. I find his work intriguing because he uses a lot of black which is quite uncommon for a watercolour artist. Maybe that's what makes his watercolour different from others. Because of the contrast, his paintings are bold and emotive.

This 128-page hardcover book features a selection of his works. The majority are paintings of cityscape and restaurants, and other miscellaneous ones on people like dancers and others going about with their work on the streets.

Because of his colour choices, many of his paintings are quite dark. The text covers his painting philosophy. What I enjoyed reading more is the story behind each painting.

There are some step-by-step demonstrations included to give us a look at his process, where he starts from, the colours he uses. It's not tutorial style or very technical. Some examples are quite rush, like the one on an Australian landscape which just has 4 pictures to completion. He uses a lot of wet on wet but it's not adequately explained with regards to how he actually applies them to create his unique style.

Overall, it's an inspiring book but it's more for those who like his style, and certainly not a beginner's book.

You can check out more of his artwork on his website.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bold and quite different style of watercolour May 28 2012
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Alvaro Castagnet is known for his powerful and expressive style. I find his work intriguing because he uses a lot of black which is quite uncommon for a watercolour artist. Maybe that's what makes his watercolour different from others. Because of the contrast, his paintings are bold and emotive.

This 128-page hardcover book features a selection of his works. The majority are paintings of cityscape and restaurants, and other miscellaneous ones on people like dancers and others going about with their work on the streets.

Because of his colour choices, many of his paintings are quite dark. The text covers his painting philosophy. What I enjoyed reading more is the story behind each painting.

There are some step-by-step demonstrations included to give us a look at his process, where he starts from, the colours he uses. It's not tutorial style or very technical. Some examples are quite rush, like the one on an Australian landscape which just has 4 pictures to completion. He uses a lot of wet on wet but it's not adequately explained with regards to how he actually applies them to create his unique style.

Overall, it's an inspiring book but it's more for those who like his style, and certainly not a beginner's book.

You can check out more of his artwork on his website.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Technique: Painting with Passion March 7 2012
By Tacitus Bond - Published on Amazon.com
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I was disappointed in the book. I did not expect a gallery of paintings without showing how he arrived at the finished product. This is a book on Alvaro Castagnet's philosophy of painting. One feels that he or she is out in the cold wondering how to achieve this philosophy in one's painting. The few demonstrations at the end of the book are very weak and do not relate to the stated philosophy. For the money, there are many other water colour books that would be a better for the student of water colour.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Repetitous Aug. 26 2012
By tucsonlady - Published on Amazon.com
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As the title states, "Beyond Technique," there is no informational text. The watercolor choices used are a limited palette. Nice photos. Pricey book.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring June 16 2012
By Caroline M. Alexander - Published on Amazon.com
I first found Alvaro on Youtube, then went hunting in earnest to find more of his work. I enjoy his eclectic mix of impressionism, realism and abstract techniques.
This is not for the beginning watercolourist, or the faint-hearted. One needs to know and be familiar with ones subject and techniques before being able to work like this. Its far beyond my capabilities at the moment but it is interesting finding out how he comes to paint his subjects and abstract what he needs from the scenes he uses. I don't know if this can be described as a typical Aussie style or not; it doesn't seem to have percolated down to local art show entrants and exhibitors. I found it to be more European in its approach and I love the discussion around the paintings, instead of a blow by blow account. Its supposed to make us think, not turn us into clones of his style. Knowing some of the places he has painted may be helpful but I found his paintings of Montevideo just as interesting as his interpretation of Flinders Street Station and Scotland.
This is a book to enjoy, study and re-read - it may not be to everyone's tastes, but for me its a keeper, and has given me a lot to think about my own approach to art and how I interpret things, and the courage to experiment with the unknown as I work at developing my own personal style, whatever that may be. In the meantime I shall attempt to rise to the challenges it presents.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good information, dark photos!! April 20 2012
By brather - Published on Amazon.com
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Castagnet is great.. I love looking at his art.. They are fresh, full of movement.. This books is not a so called step-by-step book for beginners.. It is more for people, who want to understang the ideas behind the watercolor paintings.. He defined all great.. But, I must say, the photo qualiy is not good.. Photos are dark; as if you are looking behind a sunglass to the beautyfull paintings.. But; it is worth to have this book.
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