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Watercolor Painting: A Comprehensive Approach to Mastering the Medium, by Tom Hoffmann


 
   
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The beauty of a watercolor painting lies in its diaphanous layers, delicate strokes, and luminous washes. However, the very features that define the beauty of the medium can make it difficult to master. This complete guide to understanding the relationships between color, value, wetness, and composition unravels the mysteries of watercolor to help your practice evolve.

Experienced teacher and acclaimed artist Tom Hoffmann offers a unique, inquiry-based approach that shows you how to translate any subject into the language of watercolor. With Hoffmann as your guide, you’ll learn the key questions to ask yourself at every turn and time-tested methods to help you reach solutions.

Hoffmann’s thorough explanations and step-by-step demonstrations delineate the process of composing a painting in watercolor, while art from more than thirty-five past and present masters, including John Singer Sargent, Ogden Pleissner, George Post, Emil Kosa, Jr., Mary Whyte, Trevor Chamberlain, Lars Lerin, Torgeir Schjølberg, Piet Lap, Leslie Frontz, and Alvaro Castagnet serve to illustrate and inspire. Whether you’re a serious beginner or a seasoned practitioner, this book will guide you toward the all-important balance between restraint and risk-taking that every watercolorist seeks.

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Paul Morgan from Honolulu, HI, USA
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Best water color book I know of.
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Over all great quality. It is physically beautiful book with quality paper as well. A pleasure to hold and read or sometimes just flip through.
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Yes. It deals with areas most books don't touch on. It also touches on visual issues which are applicable to all painting (and photography) in general.
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I know of the author and when I found out he had a book, I had to have it.
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For me it definitely was.
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Great over all. Unlike some "how to" books wherein the author only shows his own paintings, here the author includes paintings from many other artists with many varying styles of water color. Because of this it is a pleasure to occasionally just pick up the book and flip through it for a few minutes, aside from the instructional value of reading the chapters.
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