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Painting Wildlife in Watercolor Paperback – November 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (November 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823038696
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823038695
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #574,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Peggy Macnamara teaches drawing and watercolor methods at the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been painting wildlife and nature scenes for more than twenty years. An accomplished and well-traveled artist, she lives in Evanston, IL. Marlene Hill Donnelly is a professional writer, book illustrator, painting instructor, and lecturer. She travels around the world hiking and diving to paint wildlife on land and under water. She lives in Glenview, IL.

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She goes through her amazing process step by step with color photographs and clear instruction.
Melita A. Curphy
I took a workshop by Peggy Macnamara and saw the book there.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mark Molitor on January 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
Buy this book and save yourself thousands of dollars literally. As a student of Peggy at the Art Institute of Chicago I know. I paid tons of money to go to art school. Almost everything I learned from Peggy you can learn from this book. Plus it is an excellent showcase of her artwork. One of the best draftsman you'll ever see. Stop reading this and go buy it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Megan E. Foldenauer on November 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
Peggy was my teacher for years. She continues to be a mentor and inspiration for my work and my life. This book will give everyone insight into what it is like to paint alongside this amazing artist. You'll learn her fool-proof method of measuring to get the drawing right and a fearless approach to painting. I never "got" watercolor until I had Peggy. This book is wonderful for it's instruction AND for the wealth of lovely reproductions of Peggy's work. Buy it now!! :)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul Brunsvold on December 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
The beautiful images from the Field Museum notwithstanding, this is a how-to manual that actually offers watercolor methods that work. The reward is in the process. No Fear! I highly recommend picking up the book, gathering your art supplies, and getting started.
Thank you Peggy & Marlene
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steve Furnett on January 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is outstanding! Peggy shows approaches to watercolor that make if fun for the beginer as well as an advanced painter. Her tecniques could be used in many aplications, not just wildlife. A beautifuly written and illustrated book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By silky69 on October 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is an outstanding and BEAUTIFUL book to learn to BOTH draw and paint wildlife with watercolor media. It is unique to the many other watercolor books I have.

The author uses a "stepping stone" approach to learning proportions and drawing, and a "fearless" approach to painting animals in watercolor--i.e. making small decisions and using thin glazing layers leading to the final product. She uses thin layers of glazes as small decisions that lead to the final product. This book is beautiful for the paintings alone.

Here is what is covered in the book:
1. What to Paint and Where--drawing and painting from life, working in natural history museums, using photographs as references
2. Drawing--getting it right (such as how to proportion), the drawing process, demonstration: caribou, demonstration: gorilla
3. Color-color vs. value, achieving authentic color, creating luminous neutrals, creating depth.
4. Design--Placing our subject, impact from a distance, design principles
5. Watercolor Basics--Material, Materials for working in the field, watercolor paint properties, color mixing, watercolor techniques
6. Peggy's No-Fear Painting Process--overview, demonstration: snowy owl, when good paintings go bad: corrections, finishing a painting.
7. Pattern: counter-shading, spots and stripes, demonstration radiated tortoise, demonstration: zebra, total camouflage 8. fur: building texture, demonstration: black bear, demonstration: gray fox
9. Feathers: feather groups, demonstration: turquoise fronted parrot, demonstration: scarlet ibis
10. Portraiture: Capturing personality, demonstration: eyes, beaks and horns, demonstration: bald eagle 11. habitat: building figure and habitat, landscape, demonstration: great blue heron.

It's great instructional book, but also beautiful just for the paintings.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
I received this book for Christmas and was very impressed. It has so much information and great pictures. I am a self taught beginning water color painter. Very well written book that I could understand. I just hope she comes out with more.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Melita A. Curphy on March 7, 2004
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I took classes from Peggy years ago. I had forgotten some of her techniqes and ordered this book...reading it is like being back in class. She goes through her amazing process step by step with color photographs and clear instruction. This is a valuable watercolor technique book, don't pass it up if you are serious about making some eye popping wildlife paintings.
Thank you Peggy!
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