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Paint Watercolors That Dance with Light [Hardcover]

Elizabeth Kincaid
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Oct. 5 2004
Elizabeth Kincaid invites readers to follow her proven techniques for painting dazzling scenes drenched in color. Her beautiful flowers, foliage and landscapes will have readers eager to create their own--and they will, using: Easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions that take the mystery out of composition, color, light and shadow A practical guide to masking and glazing Newly trained eyes to visualize before painting and to better perceive abstract form, value, line and color All levels of watercolorists, as well as color enthusiasts of all mediums, will enjoy using Kincaid's tips to create vivid paintings infused with light!

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About the Author

Elizabeth Kincaid has taught classes and workshops in California, Pennsylvania and Washington state and has won a number of major awards.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By Barbara TOP 500 REVIEWER
This book is jam packed with tricks and techniques that Elizabeth Kincaid has honed to perfection. Elizabeth is not only a great artist, she is also an experienced art teacher. Her book is organized in such a way that you easily flow from one theme to the next. Her explanations are remarkedly simple - tried and true. She has obviously tested her methods with students and knows the best way to get her point across.

(I've posted photos of a painting I'm working on using the layering techniques from this book - see under Customer Images).

Her paintings are incredible--make sure you take advantage of the "see inside" link to view some of the contents of the book as well as some of her paintings.

Her main focus in the book is how to create realistic paintings that use both light and contrast to come to life. She uses the layering method, painting layer after layer of transparent glazes which create beautiful and lumunious works of art. The layering method is covered in detail in the book with examples laid out step by step so you can visualize the process.

The instructions are very practical, from what kind of paper and brushes to use, materials and other tools required to understanding hue and colour. She uses masking film and masking fluid to protect white or light areas so that she can paint the glazes more freely--all well detailed in the book.

What I like best about this book are Elizabeth's solid examples of problems and solutions--paintings that are just okay or have a problem that needs fixing. She shows clearly the before and after of each painting and explains how to resolve paintings that aren't cohesive or that lack the contrast they need to give them life. She takes an okay painting and turns it into a work of art before your eyes, using contrasts of light and shadow to make it look so real you'd swear it was a photograph.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of painting Book. April 29 2011
By Vicki
It is an excellent book, and much more detailed then anything I could find in the stores. It is very detailed and I think will make a great book for learning how to start doing watercolors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Watercolors that Dance with light Aug. 1 2013
By Lizzie
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This is a wonderful reference book for not only the beginner but for all levels of artists. The illustrations and instructions are wonderful to follow. Good information provided by the artist.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Artist Opinion Oct. 2 2011
Frankly, I'm not fond of this title. The paintings in the book are high key, too moody, and too loud. So loud in fact, if her artwork could sing, it would shatter the sheet of glass placed over the mat inside the frame. Having saying that, it leaves a lot to be desired.I do admire the author's knowledge of attributes using colour with subtle tones of light and shade, but that's all you see. All her subjects have way too much central focus with very high contrast in the foreground with no color balance whatsoever.

She does acknowledge grey and complimentary colours, but it's forbidden during the dance. She also goes on explaining how to play hopscotch around the colour wheel ignoring Triads and Mid-Values in her demos. I'm going to dismiss this book with saying, it's an academic study of light and shade from a feminine point of view painting with Watercolour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Beauty Aug. 5 2006
By Dona J. Hulson - Published on
This book captures the essence of "Painting with Light". The author provides pratical step-by-step instructions and new techniques that even the professional painter horizon's will be broadened. I have purchased four copies of this book for fellow painters and received rave reviews!!! I am adapting some of the ideas to oil paints as well. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in new techingiques for capturing light in a work of art. Truly amazing!
73 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent resource for watercolorists Nov. 9 2006
By Toni D. Savchuck - Published on
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This is probably the best book on watercolor techniques that I have found. It does not have copy cat"do it like this" instructions but rather has real techniques that you can use to improve your personal style and subjects.
70 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goreous color Aug. 9 2005
By Niki Stewart - Published on
This book is very inspirational for those who like to use watercolor in a bold, saturated way. Ms. Kincaid has a great deal of knowledge to share, and her paintings are beautiful. I use it often both as a teacher and a painter. A must have!
41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring light Sept. 15 2006
By World citizen - Published on
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The author-painter teaches step-by-step the way to make watercolor paintings sparkle. Her own examples are breathtaking. If one really wants to acheive the skill to fill one's paitings with heavenly light, this is the book to start with.
51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Paint Watercolors That Dance With Light, by Elizabeth Kincaid Jan. 11 2007
By Cecilia Price - Published on
I had long been attracted to the image of the cover of this book with the glowing flower and the butterfly. When it came I couldn't wait to read it and look at it. There are so many wonderful tips in this book, one especially is about how to use analogous colors to change colors from light to dark without using complements. This book is beautiful and very helpful.

Cecilia Price
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