Paint Watercolors That Dance with Light Hardcover – Oct 5 2004
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(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.
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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I bought it as a gift for my mom. I had a look inside before giving it to her and the art inside is absolutely gorgeous, my mom love these books for tips and tricks! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
For some reason I found the flowers too big
The detail was wonderful but I am not that .accomplished an artist
so perhaps I am at fault.