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Watercolor Artist's Guide to Exceptional Color Paperback – December 1, 2007
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Jan grew up in the chaparral areas of Southern California with a love for nature and the out of doors. Her education background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology and Chemistry and a Master of Arts degree in Architecture. Jan has studied art under various locally and nationally acclaimed artists. While she resided in the Pacific Northwest, she taught design, drawing and watercolor privately, at the University of Washington and at Cornish College of the Arts. She left the northwest in 1993 and moved to New Mexico, where she created an artist's center with gallery, studio and casitas at her home in Española, just north of Santa Fe. After 15 years in New Mexico, she has moved on to create a new home and studio near the abundant flora and fauna of San Isidro de El General, Costa Rica.
Jan's enthusiasm for teaching is one thing that sets Jan apart from others. She never fails to find the excitement in providing the words to help or technique to direct a student's individual progress in painting. She believes we are all creative beings needing only some direction and encouragement in order to express ourselves. Her popular book, The Watercolor Artist's Guide to Exceptional Color published by Walter Foster Books in 2008 has received rave reviews and 5 star ranking with Amazon.com and is published in four languages worldwide. She is currently at work on another book about her move to Costa Rica as an older artist. And she continues to write and paint and search for her next inspiration...
"Are we ever to old to reinvent ourselves once again? I hope not..."
Top Customer Reviews
But like all instruction books, it has its good points and its not-so-good points. Its strong points far outweigh its weaker points. While I recommend it very enthusiastically,
I would not use the superlatives that other reviewers have used ~ calling it the "bible"of watercolor, or "fabulous", or saying there's no need to read anything else! Such extremes and generalities always make me a little suspicious. They do not help me at all. The kind of reviews that I do find helpful are those that tell me WHY the reviewer feels the way he or she does. A review is also helpful if it tells, even in a general way, what I can expect to find in a book. That's what I propose to do here.
After a brief, general introduction, there's a section explaining the composition of paints, what they are made of. The author gives a fine explanation of the technical data on watercolor labels. She groups colors in general categories of the primaries: reds, yellows, blues; the secondaries: oranges, greens, purples; and a stand-alone group, the magentas. The practical application of this material is shown in three close-up demonstration paintings. This is followed by a brief treatment of basic mixing, again with practical suggestions for exercises that will enable the reader to learn from his or her own experience. Then color theory is approached through examination of the color wheel.Read more ›
Though landscape and botanicals seem to be her major love, the book also has animals, buildings, seascapes, skies and other subjects. She shows them in variations. There is no attempt to reproduce reality exactly--instead, Hart shows how to mix colors to get a result that dazzles the eye like fluttering leaves and bluish shadows on a bright, sunlit day.
There is a section at the end on Daniel Smith Primatek colors. These are natural pigments made of ground stones and earths. They are sometimes less colorful and bright than synthetic paints, but Hart shows how to use their unusual granulating properties along with more traditional watercolor pigments to gain some eyecatching mixes.
This book is a good tutorial for those who want to break away from the standard three to eight color palette and try for something different.
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It's split into three parts. Section 1 is on understanding pigment properties. Section 2 touches on the colour palettes and schemes. The last section looks at how you can use colours on different subject matters that range from landscapes to portrait drawings.
The text is informative and written in a way that's easy to understand. The pages are nicely laid out with beautiful examples from the author Jan Hart as well as other watercolour artists. You can get to check out different styles and the versatility of watercolour.
I like that the examples show the many possibilities of using colours, especially on putting colours on subjects that you don't normally associate them with. There are a couple of cool demonstrations on how different colour schemes can produce different moods even with the same subject.
There are many tutorials and little exercises scattered around, with lots of tips, ideas and techniques on the different ways you can experiment on your own.
This is an interesting and inspirational book. Even if you're not into watercolour, you might have second thoughts after reading this.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just purchased this book from Jan Hart's website. It is a great ebook with lots of good information about watercolor pigments and how different pigments interact with each other. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lena's Flowers
I consider this watercolor instruction book a basic in my library. This is the type of book one hopes
never goes out of print. It has clear instructions and good samples. Read more
Simply gorgeous book, filled with useful information I haven't seen elsewhere. Well worth the price.Published 18 months ago by M. Courtenaye