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Painting Buildings in Watercolor Hardcover – February, 1994


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; 1St Edition edition (February 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891345124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891345121
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #594,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 2, 1998
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This is a great book on how to paint buildings and houses. For a house portrait artist it's the BEST I've seen on the subject. Very inspirational pictures, and good ideas on what makes a good photographic reference for a house or depot portrait in watercolor. Highly recommended!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jboy on July 1, 2013
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I was first introduced to the work of Ranulph Bye in the February 1966 edition of American Heritage Magazine, where they had an article devoted to his watercolours of old railroad stations, mostly in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.

Aside from the railfan interest in his portraits of depots, his paintings had an appreciation of the fact that the architecture of his subjects was an art form in itself. In addition, his art had that elusive quality called “immediacy” . Looking at his paintings you could almost swear you’ve been there, maybe you were, but you didn’t look closely enough.

Immediacy is a quality that doesn’t age well. For example, Eric Hopper’s pensive theatre usher in his 1939 “New York Movie”, will evoke little, if anything, to a generation who have never seen a theatre with an usher. His iconic 1942 “Nighthawks” is beginning to look alien, sort of like a Star Trek set might. The coffee urns are weird looking, not like anything I saw the other day. The counter attendant’s uniform isn’t familiar either. Fedoras are definitely out of style. Paper napkin dispensers are a civility I sorely miss.

Star Trek made it’s debut 47 years ago, but “Nighthawks” was painted only 24 years before that. The first appearance of Mr. Spock was closer in time to the world of “Nighthawks” than to our own. A point which many Trekkies may find disturbing. One may wonder what the 16th century Flemish got from the works of Bruegel the Elder, that we do not.

Ranulph Bye painted a world that was fully a generation later than that of Edward Hopper, but the effect is not all that great because of Bye’s aggressively retrospective attitude. Read the book, you’ll see.

Yet Bye is still a time machine for the memory’s eye.
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The book was in excellent condition. It arrived promptly, and Ranulph Bye's WC paintings of buildings are absolutely GORGEOUS! Only shortcoming: explanation of painting techniques could have been more detailed.
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