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Watercolor Basics - Painting Flowers Paperback – July 15, 1999

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Product Details

  • Series: Watercolor Basics
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (July 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891348948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891348948
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #879,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ms. Hinckley's book Watercolor Basics: Painting Flowers is a delight to read. At first glance her paintings seem to have been created so effortlessly they can be intimidating (how can I ever paint this well! ). But only for a moment. Her writing is so warm and friendly, and the techniques presented so clearly and sometimes whimsically (check out the painting at the bottom of page 29--one of my favorites) that you've absorbed a host of tricks and tips before you know it. From valuable advice on materials, organization, palette arrangement and mixing strategies to step-by-step demonstrations that culminate in truly breathtaking results (Calla Lilies, pages 118-121, is my absolute favorite for its depth and richness) I have never had an instruction book offer so much helpful information while being such an enjoyable read.
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Different artists depict flowers differently and not all of them appeal to my eye. I am very much attracted to Sharon Hinckley's painting style. I am a fan of the bright colors of Gauguin and the vivid up-close and personal semi-abstract flowers of Georgia O'Keefe, and although they both mostly worked in oils, I think Hinckley has merged elements of both of their styles with her own and produced some wonderful watercolor painting.
Watercolor painting is more difficult than oil painting because you can't really paint over your mistakes without making a mess. Hinckly not only explains how to create flowers step by step (beginning with a discussion of the appropriate supplies and an explanation of color), she shows the reader how to make what she describes as "leaf soup" which forms the basis of the foliage in her watercolors. Hinckly says while many would-be artists can create flowers, most have difficulty with the stuff that grows with flowers, i.e. leaves, stems, and bark. One photo shows Hickley's palette, "leaf soup" mixture.
There are many books on the market offering instruction on "how to" draw-paint flowers, but if you are fond of the "colorist" approach to painting, you may find it hard to beat the techniques described in WATERCOLOR BASICS, PAINTING FLOWERS.
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In her book called Watercolor Basics: Painting Flowers, Sharon Hinckley goes far beyond watercolor technique. The author is a phenomenal watercolorist ( the illustrations are worth the price alone ). However, she is also a great teacher, explaining the painter's way of using a specified palette and "sculpting " light and color on paper. The result is a practical and humorous guide (it's like your best friend telling you to relax and enjoy it ! ) that allows me, the painter, to let go and paint. This is what a book like this should do: give "tips", inspire, console, laugh with you, and really mentor beginning and...resuming artists like me.
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Sharon Hinckley has accomplished a remarkable feat - the creation of a book on watercolor painting that reads well both verbally and visually. It is packed with solid instruction, helpful hints, and glorious illustrations.
Normally books on painting present the reader with a problem. The left-brain activity of reading is not conducive to the use of the right-brain's ability to view, interpret, and understand a painting. Sharon Hinckley is able to lead you through the painting process visually so that you can capture how the painting is constructed. When you need information on something like the name of a color or a mixing technique, that information is easily found in her verbal description of the process.
The book is written in a warm, positive style which encourages the reader/painter to continue working with watercolors and enjoying it. I found Watercolor Basics: Painting Flowers to be a delightful and inspiring book.
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Wanting to make watercolor postcards for holiday messages, I picked up Sharon Hinckley's book for pointers. Her teaching approach not only helped me create personal postcards, it nudged me over the hump of over-thinking words too; as a writer, my inner critic often edits my thoughts, sometimes before they are shaped into words. This book is great for students learning to release fear and let the paint flow. Hinckley's approach, plus beautifully clear instructions and illustrations, make Painting Flowers an excellent source for learning and unlearning bad habits that thwart the creative process. Dive IN!
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Water Color Basics: Painting Flowers is a concise guide to the pleasure of plein air style painting. Sharon Hinckley brings light to an often overwhelming task of capturing the beauty of flowers. The descriptions are clear cut and easy to follow. It is an essential guide for someone looking to brighten their painting, and the techniques as included are a strong foundation for any aspiring painter.
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I like the fact she uses only 5 to 8 steps to explain her paintings process. She does mentioned the colors as she uses them in each step. However, she should have listed the colors at the beginning of each example with the size and type of paper as well as the brushes used. Her paintings are good with lots of color and contrast. Her composition are well balanced and her colors have harmony and contrast. Overall this is a very good book.
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