Watercolor Basics - Let's Get Started Paperback – Oct 15 1998
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One might reasonably ask, "Why another basic watercolor book in an already packed market?" Simply put, most books fall far short?the beginner's book is perhaps the most difficult to write. Reid has taught more than 10,000 students during his distinguished career and has a unique understanding of how to transmit his knowledge. He neither assumes too much nor condescends. This is among a few such books?Mary Whyte's Watercolor for the Serious Beginner (Watson-Guptill, 1997) is another?that can be highly recommended.
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The book begins at the beginning, with no assuptions of a certain level of skill. The book then takes you through a series of exercises, based on certain basic skill such as a flat or gradated wash, proceeding to still more difficult techniques. Yet the exercises are sufficiently simple, with easy to reproduce sketches, that you end up with a small work of art: simple, but solidly founded in an essential technique and its mastery.
There are also sections which focus on monochromatic studies to help the student think about and approach the concept of values. The exercises in these sections enable the beginning painter to produce lovely, sophisticated-looking pictures with just a few newly mastered concepts and techniques. I have never before been so pleased with the results of my exercise paintings than those introduced in this book.
I think this book would be an excellent, even essential, item for the beginning painter looking for a solid foundation in this often capriciously difficult medium. I cannot recommend this book more highly. Thank you to Jack Reid for this marvelous book.
The book of Jack Reid is exactly what it says on it's cover: it helps you to get started. After usual introductions it gives you many projects to develop and practice your skills starting form easiest exercises. (You just play with your brushes and get use to watercolor paints first). That's encouraging and valuable if you can 't attend a workshop. I would recommend it for a beginner as myself.
Few other watercolourists can achieve the wow factor with such eloquent simplicity as you find in Jack's paintings. Even if you have been painting for years, you will appreciate his limited palette, confident strokes, and clear composition. This book is a refreshing return to the basics.
Best of all, Jack Reid was purely Canadian! You'll see some familiar scenes in his work.
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Excellent supplement to class teachings. Love the min lessons with step by step instructions.Published 7 months ago by elizabeth
Fantastic book for a beginner. Gets into the nuts and bolts of watercolor, but in a fun way. You feel encouraged as the exercises have you learning and producing small artworks at... Read morePublished 12 months ago by UhOhSpaghettiOhs
The basics are important for later improvement. This is all about what you need to know to progress.Published 13 months ago by Julian T
My purchase arrived on time and as described, the instructions are easy to follow and understand, at this point I have only briefly read through the book but I can't wait to really... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Trish
This item came promptly in very good condition as stated. Great illustrations and tips. If you must get a basic book, this is the one.Published 19 months ago by Geri
I loved the book as it has informative, easily explained explanations and techniques in watercolour which will be very beneficial to my learning curve.Published 20 months ago by Suzanne Campbell
I found the exercises in the book very effective and would recommend this book for the novice and for those with some experience who want to improve their techniques.Published on July 19 2013 by Mr. Colin H Knight
I like this book. The instructions are detailed, easily understandable and easy to follow. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning to paint with watercolors.Published on April 23 2013 by Budding Artist