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John Pike Paints Watercolors Spiral-bound – November 28, 1997


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The most frequently expressed comment from our customers in their search for this book was - "I'm tired of borrowing this from the library. I want my own copy", helped us to decide to re-issue what many have described as very instructional and interesting. John wrote this in his own warm, personnal style and vision and provides facinating reading, practical advice and encouragement.
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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 160 pages
  • Publisher: John Pike Art Products (November 28, 1997)
  • ISBN-10: 0966155300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966155303
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 9.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,046,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "devalcourt" on May 8, 2001
Format: Spiral-bound
I checked out this book from the library more times than I can count before discovering it was still in print. It is absolutely the best book I've found on watercolor technique (and I've checked out many of them) and the only one I own. John Pike's style of working and his discussion of technique and choice of materials helped alleviate my anxieties about getting started in watercolor. He keeps things simple. I particularly like his philosophy of using value sketches as a guide before starting any finished work, and the step-by-step color photographs showing a painting's evolution. His accompanying text is also very helpful. I've been painting in watercolor for 8 years and have many books on the subject. Mr. Pike's book is still the one I turn to consistently when I need help or inspiration.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 2000
Format: Spiral-bound
As an absolute beginner in watercolor, my first stop after my first lesson was to the local library. Joining an existing watercolor class of long-time painters left me scrambling for the meaning of what everyone was talking about and doing. In my tiny town nestled in the Colorado Rockies, there were only half a dozen watercolor books in the library, and by some good fortune, John Pike's book, published many years before, had been donated. Even as a novice, I could see that it was far and away the best of the lot, and when I took it home and started reading and studying, I knew I had found a friend. Well, I kept that book out for over two months, and paid a hefty late fee to do so.
I thought Mr. Pike's books were out of print, but on a whim, I decided to search his name on Amazon.com, and it was exciting to find "John Pike Paints Watercolors." I admit this is not the same title I found in the library, but the book review discusses his style of writing and teaching. That style overcame the fear I had to try, to begin, to learn, to dare. He is a teacher! And because of his writing, I was able to begin to catch up to my classmates faster than I had imagined. His paintings are full of life, interesting in subject, and inspirational to a beginner. I am privileged to know that I will have his book on my own shelf.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 2000
Format: Spiral-bound
I first got this book in the library and now must own it. Pike's insights have opened new doors for me as a relatively new watercolorist. His methods, techniques and explanations make this one of the few books on the subject that I want to have for ready reference rather than just an occassional read. This is the best artists book I have yet to come across!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By silky69 on January 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most beautiful watercolor books I have. John Pike has a wonderful way of simplifying the complex--both in his paintings and also in the words he chooses to explain about his life as an artist and his working methods for the beautiful artwork in his book. There are 13 demonstrations and then a gallery of his paintings along with explanations of how he approached the painting. There is also an interview with John Pike at the beginning of the book. The demonstrations are entrancing, and Pike does not hold any "secrets" back from the students. It is as if John Pike is standing beside you explaining to you step-by-step how to paint his painting. The paintings are loose, with lots of light and contrast. It's a wonderful book that ever watercolor student should hold on to.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 2000
Format: Spiral-bound
I first got this book in the library and now must own it. Pike's insights have opened new doors for me as a relatively new watercolorist. His methods, techniques and explanations make this one of the few books on the subject that I want to have for ready reference rather than just an occassional read. This is the best artists book I have yet to come across!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Veggieval on June 15, 2013
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I liked the examples in this book and especially the color schemes that he used. I think it definitely improved my water color technique, but of course you have to practise. I did do many of the examples and continue to use it as a reference when I am painting similar scenes as shown in the examples. I would recommend it to even a beginner water colorist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JLouG on April 7, 2013
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Arrived on time. No problems with the order. Book in new condition. Included good examples of his work, how he went about doing the painting, what tools he uses. Full of informations the student can apply.
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Mr Pike is an excellent teacher and well deserving the title of artist. Don't expect a ton of pictures in this volume. Just sound advice with well thought out lesssons
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