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05-22-2000, 07:13 AM
I read the reviews on AMAZON on the book of Barbara Nechis "Watercolout from the heart: techniques for painting the essence of nature". It seems interesting (i like to paint nature in an "impressionist-like" way, but before buying i'd like to know if anyone of you knows this book and his/her opinion, as I bought many books without seeing them, but sometimes they didn't match the reviews http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/frown.gif.
Ciao, rapolina

05-23-2000, 07:10 PM
Not familiar with the book, but you could look at several book sites and compare thae reviews,

05-23-2000, 07:35 PM
what are you looking for in a book? are you a beginner? i'll go to barnes and noble and look if you like.....{M}

05-24-2000, 03:59 AM
Thank you for your reply, I already looked in other bookshop sites, I just wanted to know personal opinions if any.
I am a self-taught semi-beginner (it is more an year I,m painting almost every night) and now I'm finding my way of painting, having read many books and learnt a little by each one. Now I know I don't want to paint in very realistic way, but just giving the sense of what I paint: if anyone knows a book useful for me that's welcome http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
ciao from Italy, rapolina.

06-08-2000, 10:30 PM
Hey Rapolina, I know the feeling.
I'm also mostly self-thought, with books. I've been painting for almost everyday for two months. I've just discovered two great books!

First, and absoutely interesting and clear!

Painting People in Watercolor, by Alex Powers.
Watson-Gupill Publications, New York
ISBN 0-8230-3816-5

Now that's a book to have! That guy has clearly defined every single aspect of his design approach to watercolor painting. He was a computyer programmer before, so he had the logic and method to help him. It works!
I've been reading his book for a week now, when I can find the time, and everyday I learn something incredible about the way I work, and why it seems to fail sometimes. He's also a teacher. I wish I lived in his area, to take classes live.
I would reccommend this book to any artist interested in making his or her pictures work, in any style. By far the clearest book I have ever read on any technical and intellectual aspect of artmaking. His approach is applicable to all form of drawing and painting. He says design, and I would add easy!
Hope you find the Powers Book. It's worth a lot more than money. It's a book I really have to buy. ( I borrowed the book from my universitie's library).

Other very good book:
A Wash In Color: Homer, Sargent, and the great American Watercolor.By Sue Welsh Reed and Carol TRoyen, the Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston.
Bulfinch Press- Little, Brown and Company.
ISBN: 0-8212-2619-3 (in 2000,trade paperback edition

A lot (127) of artists in watercolor, history, even techniques are discussed. Very complete.
Very Good color pictures, as I can actually see good contrast!
I paid it 55$ canadian, but I bought it in a museum, so it's probably cheaper elsewhere...

Watercolor is my only hobby outside of my job. I am very passionate about it. I can't stop thinking about all kinds of projects!
I think this time I really found MY medium...Oils are great, but I cant' stand the smell and toxicity and inconvenience of it all...

Have fun. In fact, let's all have fun!


06-17-2000, 03:58 AM
I am a new beginner with water colour and since there is'nt any w.colour classes in Singapore could someone point me in the right direction. I have the basic materials but need some encourangement on how to avoid muddy painting which seem to happen so often. Any help most welcome.

06-18-2000, 04:31 PM
The most useful book I have where to learn to paint without muddy effects is "make colour sing" by J. Dobie. The most I learnt is from this book, and I have at least 20!

As you are from Singapore, can you tell me something about oriental art and watercolor (istudied a little sumi-e)? I also asked in the "oriental art Forum": please reply!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gifciao, rapolina.

06-21-2000, 08:48 AM
One book I've found very helpful is Tony Couch, "You Can Do It". His explanation of how wet and/or dry the paper and brush need to be for different effects really made sense to me. I've checked this out of the library several times.

06-26-2000, 05:11 PM
I've been painting about two years, and have taken a few courses, and borrowed many books from our public library, here in Vancouver, Canada, including the Nechis book. It was so fascinating, that I've purchased her earlier book (now out of print). Before you purchase, you might wish to look at her work. She's doing a workshop for Flying Colours: http://www.flyingcolorsart.com/source/artphotos.html#nechis

She also sells posters - try: http://www.postershop.com/nechis.htm
These are not as interesting to me, although they are probably good poster material.

Nechis' earlier book is on a book list from Ellen Fountain which I've found very helpful. Fountain has a great site with hints, links, and her own work. Her book list is aimed at learning fundamentals and thinking about why we paint (as opposed to technique such as how to paint a woodland in winter). The books on abstraction that Fountain recommends might be of particular interest to you. Have fun!

06-27-2000, 08:31 AM
Thank you very much Cassandra! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif
I've just seen the site you indicated and I've found them very inreresting, as there I have seen the style of B.Nechis, and it is the one I'm looking for.
I'll buy it.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Ciao, rapolina

06-27-2000, 01:16 PM
Rapolina, I'm glad that helped. I see I neglected to include Ellen Fountain's site in my earlier message. Here it is: http://www.fountainstudio.com/index.html
There, you'll find a terrific list of Books about Watercolor, and straight-forward lessons in her Watercolor Learning Center.
Cheers! Cassandra