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Paint Watercolors That Dance with Light Hardcover – Oct 5 2004

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (Oct. 5 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581804687
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581804683
  • Product Dimensions: 28.6 x 22.5 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,425,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Great book so far, sadly though as I paid for it once already in digital format, this book would be much better in print. The images are compressed so much that it's hard to see them on my tablet. Well written, informative and while not always practical for an aspiring artist without loads of free time, very much a useful tool in terms of learning from her very structured system. I thought it'd be handy to have on my tablet as I use it mainly for my art - and it is to a point, but the printed edition would be a greater asset I believe.

Buy it in print - I will be. Disappointed with the quality of the Kindle edition - not just shoddy images but oodles of grammatical / spelling errors as well. The three stars are for this edition NOT the work itself which would get 4 or even 5 stars on its own.
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Format: Paperback
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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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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