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October 29, 2017 at 8:53 pm
Art related, not art related but inspiring, or just entertaining — enable my wish list with new blood?
I just finished Local Color, which makes me want to do palettes for everywhere I go. In the same vein, Mountaineers Books just released Colors of the West by Molly Hashimoto, and I’m kind of obsessing over the previews of it. Anybody got that one that can tell me how good it is?
The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling by John Muir Laws is one of eight books I kept a physical copy of when I did a big book purge this year. Because it’s amazing. Same with anything by Cathy (Kate) Johnson.
Tell me what you’re reading! 🙂October 29, 2017 at 9:31 pm
Do you have the Laws Sketchbook for Nature Journaling? It isn’t really made for watercolor, but has nice paper, and all sorts of info in the back. My latest art read is ‘Awaking Beauty: The Art of Eyvind Earle’. Before that it was ‘Chinese Landscape Painting Techniques for Watercolor’ & ‘Chinese Watercolor Journeys With Lian Quan Zhen’, ‘Painting Watercolor Flowers That Glow’ by Jan Kunz, and ‘Watercolor Without Boundaries’ by Karlyn Holman. There have been some others that I’ve picked up at the library, but I can’t remember them all.AnonymousOctober 29, 2017 at 10:18 pm
On my nightstand now: Watercolor Painting Outside the Lines (a positive approach to negative painting). Wait, now I need to actually TRY the exercises in the book.October 29, 2017 at 10:23 pm
I have to admit that I’ve only done a few of the exercises. I have a list of tutorials that I want to try that is taller than I am. She has another book that I got out the library. I can’t remember which one has the splatters of random masking fluid, but I really want to do that one, one of these days.October 31, 2017 at 6:37 pm
The first book that really got me Seriously into sketching was “Keeping a Nature Journal” written by Claire Walker Leslie. I still have it and enjoy it again and again. It not only got me into sketching nature but sketching everything. And sketching daily.October 31, 2017 at 6:48 pm
Oh gee, I just looked up Claire Walker Leslie again and she has written a few more books that I was not aware of. I think I’m getting one called, “The Curious Nature Guide”.
Gee, I’m happy you started this thread or I would never have known. 😄AnonymousOctober 31, 2017 at 7:18 pm
Jean Haines, Atmospheric Watercolor. Beautiful loose style with lessons that make it look easy (for me, it’s not). I also have one of her videos. She creates lovely wet-in-wet beginnings and then makes flowers or animals emerge.October 31, 2017 at 7:35 pm
Jean Haines work is amazing!November 1, 2017 at 7:48 am
Then there is all of Cathy Johnson’s books. She was a big influence on my art.November 1, 2017 at 8:29 am
Linda Kemp has some really cool stuff in her books. Lots of practical ideas too. She’s the one who turned me on to Strathmore’s Aquarius II paper.AnonymousNovember 2, 2017 at 4:23 pm
For those interested in natural history and/or botanical subjects, 3 books, all by Rosie Matin & Meriel Thurstan: Natural History Painting, Botanical Illustration Course, and Botanical Illustration for Beginners.AnonymousNovember 2, 2017 at 5:49 pm
I forgot to add that I own and love the 3 books by Martin (spelled wrong above) & Thurstan I posted above. They contain beautiful art, lots of info on mixing colors, and instructions for specific projects. Not too expensive, either.November 9, 2017 at 6:17 pm
When we moved from the country to the city, and downsized 4 years ago, I had to give away about 50 watercolour books. I did keep 33 books, though, that I thought would be most useful for techniques and inspiration. The one I’ve been reading most lately is “Creating Textures In Pen & Ink With Watercolor” by Claudia Nice. Lots of great information.November 9, 2017 at 6:23 pm
Claudia Nice has written a ton of great books!AnonymousNovember 9, 2017 at 6:34 pm
Yes, I have and enjoy some of Claudia Nice’s books, too. One feature of her work is that she uses a technical pen, which I own but have yet to try.
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