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Watercolor Painting with Passion! [Paperback]

Alvaro Castagnet , Patrick Carroll , David Dickason
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February 2001
Passion is one of the most important elements in a masterful work of art. Without it, a painting is a lifeless collection of composition and technique. Here, internationally respected watercolorist Alvaro Castagnet shows artists how to paint from their heart--capturing more than just subjects, but the thoughts, feelings and emotions that give them impact.

Detailed demonstrations show how to:
* create passion through a perfect marriage of tonal values
* inject mystery and drama by manipulating shadows
* use color to express powerful emotion
* simplify a scene to better express the artist's feelings for the subject
* set a mood, create rhythm, and ultimately achieve perfect unity

Through it all, artists will take their passion for painting--and personal satisfaction from their work--to a higher plateau.


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Alvaro Castagnet has taught and traveled extensively throughout the US, Mexico, South America, Europe and Australia. His award-winning work is part of private and corporate collections around the world. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Passion Yes, Teaching No June 24 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I bought this book because I loved the cover and anticipated some directional advice on how to paint this type of city scene. The book has wonderful photos of Castagnet's painting with lots of verbage about the feelings and emotions that he wanted to portray but clearly he did not want to share his techniques to arrive there. There are VERY few demonstrations and, unfortunately, they are lacking in true teaching commentary. It has been very hard to me to follow and try to reproduce anything from the demonstrations. He seems to leave out a lot of the instructions, colors and steps. I can feel his PASSION in each of the paintings included in the book and, therefore, can recommend this book as a resource for ideas not instruction. I believe that this book should have been produced as a table top book rather than an teaching book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great paintings Jan. 1 2003
By PHB
Format:Paperback
Castagnet's style and draftsmanship are enormously attractive. He paints bold, bright free watercolors that start with excellent drawing. Most of the paintings in this well-illustrated book are of city scenes. I recommend the book for anyone interested in a loose and fresh approach to watercolor.
However, this is NOT a book to consider in order to learn techniques and methods. There are zillions of "how to" books about watercolor technique. Get this book to enjoy strong fresh well-drawn paintings.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Passion Yes, Teaching No June 24 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought this book because I loved the cover and anticipated some directional advice on how to paint this type of city scene. The book has wonderful photos of Castagnet's painting with lots of verbage about the feelings and emotions that he wanted to portray but clearly he did not want to share his techniques to arrive there. There are VERY few demonstrations and, unfortunately, they are lacking in true teaching commentary. It has been very hard to me to follow and try to reproduce anything from the demonstrations. He seems to leave out a lot of the instructions, colors and steps. I can feel his PASSION in each of the paintings included in the book and, therefore, can recommend this book as a resource for ideas not instruction. I believe that this book should have been produced as a table top book rather than an teaching book.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More inspiration than perspiration Nov. 18 2004
By artist/designer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book has value in inspiring intermediate and advanced students of traditional painting to define their own approaches to the creative process. This is not a book for beginning watercolorists, but then there are many other books intended to serve that purpose. In 128 pages, there are only about 7 paintings for which the painting process is shown from initial drawing to completed painting. The rest of the many painting illustrations are accompanied by anecdotes about the circumstances surrounding the creation of each painting. There is some analysis of what the artist intended for each painting in terms of composition, tonal values, use of color, etc. Castagnet also provides a lot of general commentary about his approach to various aspects of traditional painting or--as some might call it--illustration. Castagnet is a very talented watercolorist, similar to many of his best Australian contemporaries, with some signature use of texture and saturated color that sometimes borders on expressionism. Most of Castagnet's paintings are of city and seaport scenes, so the variety of subjects is limited. His paintings of interiors may be his most distinctive; I wish there were more examples of them. It's a pity that the artist has limited his subject matter to such a great extent. The inclusion of more figure studies, and perhaps even some comparatively abstract paintings, might have resulted in a more interestingly varied book.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great paintings Jan. 1 2003
By PHB - Published on Amazon.com
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Castagnet's style and draftsmanship are enormously attractive. He paints bold, bright free watercolors that start with excellent drawing. Most of the paintings in this well-illustrated book are of city scenes. I recommend the book for anyone interested in a loose and fresh approach to watercolor.
However, this is NOT a book to consider in order to learn techniques and methods. There are zillions of "how to" books about watercolor technique. Get this book to enjoy strong fresh well-drawn paintings.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars All fluff no substance Dec 2 2005
By Artlover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is not an instructional book. It pretty much just showcases the artist's work. If you want to buy useful reference books on watercolor, get books by Joseph Zbukvic and/or Robert Wade. They are exceptional painters and teachers. Their books are filled with gorgeous artwork and useful information for artists of all levels.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Watercolour ! July 9 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Alvaro's style is exhuberent and fun just like his personality. I painted with him on a painting trip through Europe - he is fantastic to watch, and unique in his style- the book really captures his painting and brings back great memories of his painting style. It's the next best thing to a lesson with him. (well maybe better - it's easier to remember when you get home). He is more colourful and perhaps emotive than your usual watercolourist. Buy it. I am a biased Aussie - who thinks we have some fantastic watercolourists. Also Check out David Taylor, Robert Wade... And if go to Europe with them. Painting in the streets with them is a wonderful unforgettable experience.
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