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Painting Trees and Landscapes in Watercolor
Painting Trees and Landscapes in Watercolor
by Ted Kautzky
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.59
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5.0 out of 5 stars An oldie but goodie!, March 6 2011
Originally published in 1952, this is a Dover re-issue. The only difference is that the color plates have been collected together in the center of the book. Kautzky was a well-known watercolor artist and author. This book is/was a sequel to his 'Ways with Watercolors'. He briefly deals with materials, brushes, paints and paper, then gives illustrated suggestions about composition, values, painting fog and rain scenes, road puddles, types of road, types of brush strokes for painting trees, and looking into and out of a forest.
Then he systematically describes how to paint 10 different types of trees, illustrating each type of tree with a watercolor especially painted for the book based on an American landscape, New England, Carolina, Colorado, California and so on. For each painting he suggests the colors to use and the order of painting, e.g. sky, mountain, mid-ground, left foreground, right foreground, river and reflections. Finally he adds some additional sketches for the student to use.
The 16 paintings are not simplified and are really fun to try since the student achieves a worthwhile result. Each painting is carefully composed, so the notions of composition are subtly inculcated. Currently, I am attempting each painting in acrylics so to learn their use. Kautsky suggests painting the darks first which really helps with values. He uses very simple palettes so one has to learn mixing. Some colors he suggests are not lightfast so be careful, for example use quinacridone red, or just modern versions. This is a really satisfying book for the artist who is seeking to move past the 'beginner' stage.

A Red Herring Without Mustard
A Red Herring Without Mustard
by Alan Bradley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 18.87
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Red Herring without Mustard, March 1 2011
This is a really fun read. Flavia is always engaging. However, I missed the chemistry wizardry this time as events follow one another so quickly that Flavia rarely has time to escape to her laboratory.

A very enjoyable book.

Barry Garner.

The Complete Poems of Walt Whitman
The Complete Poems of Walt Whitman
by Walt Whitman
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars A unique voice, Aug. 23 2010
Not prose, scarcely poetry, all-inclusive, democratic and utterly American. I wanted to read Walt Whitman before I died (I am 74) and here are all his poems together with a very helpful introduction. His poems on the death of Lincoln are stirring. He embraces everyone, male, female, freeman and slave. A remarkable glimpse into the nineteenth Century America. I recommend this book to everyone.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
by Alan Bradley
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 14.56
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun book, May 1 2010
This is a whodunit with protagonist 11-year old Flavia de Luce who lives with two older sisters and a remote father in a large ill kept English country house in 1950. The author has caught the atmosphere of 1950 in England very well. I spotted only one anomaly. Flavia is a very intelligent, precocious person with a strong knowledge of chemistry. To me she was quite a believable character since I knew a very similar (male) person dating from the same period. In those days, schools were much more relaxed in their demands on children outside of classes, and crimes against children were almost non-existent, so that children were given much greater freedom. We would wander everywhere without fear. The police are also represented correctly. Our local village policeman would cycle everywhere, extremely slowly, and behave in a benevolent and avuncular fashion. This was life before many people had automobiles, telephones were slow since calls would be routed through a manual exchange, still some food rationing and many furniture items in short supply. The pace of life was very slow.
The book is written from Flavia's perspective and is suitable for anyone who is able to read it.

Tai Chi Mind And Body
Tai Chi Mind And Body
by William Cc Chen
Edition: Paperback
20 used & new from CDN$ 31.55

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tai Chi by Tricia Yu, March 20 2010
This review is from: Tai Chi Mind And Body (Paperback)
I enjoyed this book. It is extremely clear and very helpful. Every step explained in words and pictures. It is the most straightforward instruction book on any subject that I have ever read.
The author is Tricia Yu, not William Chen, as Amazon has it catalogued.
There is a quotation from William Chen on the cover of the book, which may have misled the cataloguers.

The Big Book of Painting Nature in Watercolor
The Big Book of Painting Nature in Watercolor
by Ferdinand Petrie
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 23.16
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value, March 11 2010
This is a very good book for water colour painters who have learnt the basics and wish to stretch themselves. It contains about 130 interesting landscape photographs, together with a discussion on a possible approach to painting them by a well known painter and the resulting demonstration.
My personal criticisms are firstly the over frequent use of guache in the suggestions, and secondly the large palette used, rather than resorting to the mixing of primary transparent colours. The use of Alizarin Crimson should be replaced by a lightfast equivalent.
But it is an excellent source book for painters returning to painting and for first time learners who have tackled Jack Reid's books, for example. Many of the demonstrations are first rate and almost all of the photographs are very stimulating.

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