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Old 06-13-2007, 11:16 PM
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I made a quick dash through a Chapters store on the way home tonight and checked on line.

They have two books by Richard Taylor that might have what you want:

Watercolor Landscapes: The Complete Guide to Painting Landscapes



384 Pages, 6.75 x 9.5 x 1.01 IN, Published in May 2004
Richard Taylor
ISBN: 1843401932
Pub Collins & Brown, ISBN: 1843401932
Shelf price 23.95Cdn, less if you buy online and have a Chapters discount card.
(This one looks like the one that combined the four D&C books)


Buildings in Watercolour



64 Pages, 8.38 x 11 in, Published: July 14, 2005
ISBN: 0007199090
Published By: Harpercollins Uk
Shelf price 19.95Cdn


The only one I saw on the shelf today was the second one. Personally, I think it's a great deal of $$$ for 64 pages!
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Title Painting Crystal and Flowers in Watercolor

Author Susanna Spann

Author's website .http://www.susannaspann.com/

Publisher North Light Books

Published Date 2001

ISBN No. 1-58180-031-2

Format/size Hard Cover 11.2 x 8.7 x 0.6 inches

Genre Floral and Crystal

Description of content
Susanna Spann shows artists how to capture the unmatched beauty of crystal and flowers in watercolor by "building" paintings like a Polaroid picture, developing them layer by layer, value by value, creating works full of drama and feeling.
She shares her techniques through mini-demos, instructional art and a complete painting demonstration that cover everything from value and texture to composition and color. Readers will gain the skills they need to produce images of startling emotion, wondrous joy and everything in between. Spann's clear instructions make learning easy and fun, providing artists with the knowledge and confidence they need to make their watercolor work glow with light and color.
* Crystal is a unique addition to flowers, a popular painting subject
* Clear step-by-step instruction ensures reader success
* Contains big, beautiful art by a popular artist and teacher


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I love this book for the techniques Susanna Spann teaches the reader. I can use these techniques in any painting I do. I love her approach to backgrounds.. Her exaggeration of light and dark is well worth reading about.. Awesome..

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Title Incredible Light & Texture in Watercolor

Author
James Toogood

Publisher North Light Books

Published Date 2004

ISBN No. 1-58180-439-3

Format/size 28 x 22.4 x 2.2 cm
Genre Painting…Man-made Textures – Natural Textures – Textures of People – Qualities of Light – Drawing and Composition – Basic Techniques

Description of content
Every truly great watercolor painting hinges on the qualities of light and texture. In this concise guide, James Toogood shows readers exactly how to use these elements to add more drama, depth and believability to their work. Beginning and advanced artists will appreciate the wealth of instruction, including: - Clear explanations of natural and artificial light, as well as how light influences texture - Complete step-by-step demonstrations that show how a whole painting comes together - Basic color theory and pigment lessons to help artists get the most from their materials - Mini demonstrations with close-up views of techniques for light and texture - Drawing and composition basics to build a strong foundation for any piece of artwork
It's never been easier for painters to enrich their work with breathtaking light and texture!
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This book is so informative. I have a borrowed copy that I have had to 2 weeks and I read a bit every night. It is a definite for my library, there is nothing in this book I don’t like!

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Title Two-in-One Watercolor

Author J
oe Francis Dowden

Publisher David & Charles Publishers
Published Date August 2001

ISBN No. 1-86155-593-8

Format/size Hardcover: 128 pages 9 inches by 11 inches

Genre (Landscape/Floral/Portraits/Still Life/Technique/Various)
ALL

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The split-page design format of this book aims to make learning the art of watercolour painting easy and immediate. The top pages contain various painting projects, while the bottom pages contain step-by-step guides to techniques, including washes and brushstrokes.
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This book is very good value. As mentioned above it has split pages. The top pages have the projects and the bottom pages have all the technique. This si one of the first watercolour books I bought and it has been invaluable to me.

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Title: The Watercolorist's Essential Notebook

Author: Gordon MacKenzie

Publisher: North Light Books

Published Date: 1999

ISBN: 0 89134 946 4

Format/size/Pages: Hardcover, 8.75" x 11.25", 144 pps

Genre: Technique and Instruction

Description: "No matter what level of technical virtuosity is applied, the primary objective of a true artist is always to go beyond a literal translation of the subject and communicate something that speaks of his or her unique inner self. Watercolors are an excellent vehicle for that expression." Gordon MacKenzie

The author was a specialist in art education and taught university-level art education courses for teachers for many years. After retiring, he became a full-time artist and has continued teaching adult workshops for more than 20 years. With this background, it is no wonder that his book has instructions that are clear and easy-to-follow. Ample illustrations of the techniques and a Gallery of paintings at the end add to the usefulness of this book.

Personal assessment: This is a book that goes through all phases of painting from "Tools of the Trade" covering paints, brushes, paper, palettes, and masking materials; to "Painting Techniques" such as applying paint with various tools like brushes, sticks, and sponges; how paints interact with water; washes and glazes; working wet-in-wet; masking; and more; and finally, "Putting Together Your Composition" covering factors such as the COI, values, negative painting, shapes, edges, color harmony and contrast; on to Approaching the Composition; Intuition vs Planning; and finally, Fixing Problem Paintings. In essence, he covers just about everything you need to know to successfully paint in watercolors.

Suitability for beginners, intermediate or advanced: This is especially suited for beginners because of the author's clear-cut explanations, but it is also very useful for intermediate painters and is a great review for more advanced artists as well. I recommend it.

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Re: Richard Taylor, The Watercolourist's Guide to Painting Buildings
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I've been trying to get this book but its out of print. I tried the publisher and they want $70.00 for it yikes

Not sure if this is the same book, updated, but I found it on Amazon.com.

Richard Taylor, Drawing & Painting Buildings
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Fran,
That sounds like an update to the original book with some of the same info and illustrations but in paperback. It isn't a new edition though or it would have the same title. It is probably just as good to have though if you can't find the original or it has now become a $$$$ book because it is collectable. (I bought mine at a library book sale for $1.00 ).

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I've found Powells.com http://www.powells.com/is a great resource for out of print books. They don't have any watercolourist's... right now but they do have a notification service so they can let you know if they get it in. They've always been reasonable and are sometimes a better resource than Amazon.com. They also ship to Canada. Hope this helps.
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Title: Exploring Color

Author: Nita Leland

Publisher: North Light Books

Published Date: 1985

ISBN: 0 89134 946 4

Format/size/Pages: softcover, 11X14, 192 pps

Genre: Technique and Instruction

Description
A step by step guide to controlling color in your paintings

Personal assessment: This book is filled with carefully crafted exercises designed to teach you how to use your palette. It is full of great illustrations, many are the artist's own works, but they show great detail and the color reproduction is good even though this is an older book.


Suitability for beginners, intermediate or advanced: This is especially suited for beginners because of the author's clear-cut explanations, but it is also very useful for intermediate painters and is a great review for more advanced artists as well. I recommend it. This book demands a lot from you but it is obvious that if you stick with it you will benefit immensely.

thanks, Carole, for suggesting this book!


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Title WATERCOLOR

Author JOHN PIKE

Author's website author deceased

Publisher DOVER BOOKS

Published Date reprinted 2006

ISBN No. 0486447839 or 978-0486447834

Format/size PAPERBACK 277x208mm (11x8)

Genre (Landscape/Technique/Various)

Description of content. STEP B STEP DEMOS OF HOW TO PAiNT WATERCOLORS

Personal assessment of content. If I Could own only one book on watercolor, this would be it! This is a reprint combining the best of John Pike. He explains his traditional w/c techniques in easy, understandable language.

Suitability for beginners, intermediate or advanced. Beginners as well as professionals can profit from this book, or any of the others by John Pike.

This and other Pike books can be found at Amazon, both new and used.

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Re: Richard Taylor, The Watercolourist's Guide to Painting Buildings


Not sure if this is the same book, updated, but I found it on Amazon.com.

Richard Taylor, Drawing & Painting Buildings
Thanks but it's not the same one, the one I wanted is Watercolour guide to Painting Buildings, it is now out of print. But - I got it (with some others ) as an e-book on Ebay, a friend of mine is printing it out for me. It is available from the British publishers at a nice price of about 70 pounds plus shipping (British shipping prices are exorbitant)

If anyone wants the e-book it is a large file over 21 meg. but I can send it via this site http://www.transferbigfiles.com/

cheers

Verdana,
Please check out the copyright on that e-book before you send it to anyone. I don't think you want to be accused of copyright infringement.

Sylvia

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Title
The Watercolour Artist's Flower Handbook



Author

Patricia Seligman
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Publisher
Thomas Allen Publishers (Canada)
Published Date
2005
ISBN No.
0-88762-157-0
Format/size
Hard cover/about 9x7"
Genre (Landscape/Floral/Portraits/Still Life/Technique/Various)
Floral, sketching, plein air
Description of content
It is written in a kind of sketchbook style, with every page packed with info, tips, demos etc. 13 floral painters with widely ranging styles, show pages from their own sketch books, and give invaluable tips and inspiration, and lots and lots of examples. There are tips on mixing colors, as well as what to take into the field to do your plein air sketching.
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This book is inspiring, information packed, and just darned purdy! It really stresses the importance of keeping sketch books handy, and actually USING them. There are many different styles of painting, and everyone should find something they can use. And did I mention its darned purdy?!
Suitability for beginners, intermediate or advanced
EVERYONE will get something out of this book.
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Color: A natural History of the Palette

Color: A natural History of the Palette


Author

Victoria Finlay

Publisher
Random House
Published Date
2004
ISBN No.
0-8129-7142-6
Format/size
soft cover/about 5x7"
Genre (historical)
All about where colors come from
Description of content
This is a narrative describing one woman's search for the historical origin of the colors that painters (and sculptors) have used over the ages.
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You will never look the same way at New Gamboge again. Discovering the perilous and difficult processes that people have developed over the centuries to produce good color was Victoria's goal. She went all over the world, discovering secret rites, (Ochre), poisons (several colors, really) and bug juice. Her description of her quest for Indian Yellow had me laughing out loud and then speechless. If you are like me you enjoy learning all you can about the materials you are using. Her quest (which started by a suggestion from her father when she was just a small child) will keep your interest; her book is categorized by color.

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Title
Exploring Watercolor

Author
Elizabeth Groves

Author's website
www.artistsnetwork.com

Publisher
North Light

Published Date
2007

ISBN No.
978-1581808742

Format/size
10.7 x 9.4 x 0.7 inches

Genre (Landscape/Floral/Portraits/Still Life/Technique/Various)
Various

Description of content
22 step by step demos
texture making techniques
color charts
traditional methods
experimental methods

Personal assessment of content
Stunning photographs make the techniques illustrated in the beautiful book very easy to understand. Gain understanding of the importance of compostion, value studies, color mixing, pours, salt and other texture techniques. The best overall watercolor book I have seen!

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Beginners, intermediate, and advanced watercolor students will all gain something by reading this.
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Title: How To Make Watercolor Paint Itself





Author: Nita Engle

Publisher: Watson Guptill

Published Date: 2007

ISBN No: 978-0-8230-9977-1

Format/size: Paperback 8.5x11

Genre: Landscape/Seascape /Watercolor Technique/

Description of content: Full color WIP on how to achieve certain techniques in watercolor. Running commentary of the artist’s though process behind her conceptions.

Personal assessment of content:
I came upon this book just after completing a wet in wet learning thread for the learning Zone. http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=475094
To my amazement Nita, in this book, works in an intuitive way with wet in wet watercolor, much like I have been using, yet completely ‘brings home’ each painting compositionally. This book showed up for me at a time when I had been pondering how I could incorporate more realistic compositional elements with my loose wet in wet colorful washes. Her thought process running through the book is wonderful, and she stresses the need to find one’s own individualism within watercolor painting, such as wet in wet.

She incorporates and shares some of the more ‘non traditional’ techniques such as pouring on wash, using spray bottles, and wiping back parts of the wet wash to create compositional elements. The concept is largely about letting go and having fun, and not getting frustrated with the results. In the act of letting go ........ wonderful things will happen.


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I would say intermediate, as she already assumes the reader has experience in composition, value studies and the color wheel. Although If a beginner were to try out her techniques, I think they would learn a great deal.

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