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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452112649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452112640
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sujean Rim is a New York-based artist. The longtime illustrator of DailyCandy, she has illustrated numerous children's books.

Leslie Dutcher is a San Francisco-based writer and editor.

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Customer Reviews

Illustrations are wonderful!!
Sonja fake
If you are remotely interested in watercolor and are looking for a good book to inspire you, this is perfect.
Chel Micheline
The point of this book is to show the range of things you COULD do with watercolors.
Lisa Shea

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Chel Micheline TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 29, 2013
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I ordered this expecting a large-format book, similar to my other art books and was surprised when a little box arrived (a bit bigger than a shoebox) and inside was the copy of "Watercolor: Paintings of Contemporary Artists".

Don't let the size fool you- this thick book is full of amazing, beautiful art from incredible artists. There's everything from portraits to patterns to landscapes to abstract compositions and everything in between. The one constant in this book is that all of the artists use a "fluid" kind of style. It's amazing.

This is NOT a how-to book. This is sort of a gallery, in book-form, of the potential of the medium if you are willing to step out of the watercolor box and explore the fluid nature of the medium. There's no discussion of techniques or information about materials in the book- just pages after page of colorful images.

If you are remotely interested in watercolor and are looking for a good book to inspire you, this is perfect. I'm so pleased with this beautiful book.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Marie Mccullough on April 27, 2013
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There is nothing like this book! Finally an art book that celebrates watercolour art medium for what it is and doesn't try to make art that destroys the spontaneity of the medium! Loved this book! Beautiful !!!!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By greggt on June 25, 2013
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Bought the kindle version, which displays fine in hi-res color kindle app's (i use a mac).

The book contains a few really excellent examples of the classical watercolor restraint, specifically, the details that one should exclude from a watercolor to make it such an effective emotional medium. Also contains some "junk" watercolors from artists with little painting technique, color management or composition skills. BUT STILL WORTH BUYING!

I suggest absorbing the art in short sessions of 30 pages at one sitting. I just sat and stared at some for minutes: subtle yet complex, emotional without smothering, colors that remind one of the scene without being true. Some of the cityscapes capture the essence of how I imagine the light in Paris bounces off the buildings -- with just the right level of detail to show the vastness of the city without overwhelming the viewer.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on April 24, 2014
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This book is a mixed bag. Looking at the preview pages that Amazon has provided, I would not have bought the book. But I managed to browse through the whole book at a bookstore and like it enough to buy it.

The book features the artworks of several contemporary artists. I only know two out of the 21 artists featured so it's great to check out other new artists.

What you won't see are the typical traditional watercolour painting style. Instead, we have a nice variety of artworks and subjects being tackled by the watercolour medium. There are artworks of desks, childlike drawings of vegetables, ink and watercolour sketches, fashion illustration, abstract, Ultramarine blue portraits, book spines, fantasy illustrations and other stuff.

It's quite cool to see how the artists use watercolour for the different subjects in their own styles. This is the main reason why I bought the book. It's delightful to look at all the examples and to get a bit of inspiration for experiments that I might personally try.

By the way, I won't describe more than half of the artworks featured as paintings. Paintings implied a finished piece of work. There are some finished pieces, and there are those that feel unfinished, there are the illustrations, and then there are some paintings.

The only text are the artist profiles. There's no mention of the techniques which would have made the book even better.

Who this book will appeal to, I feel, is quite subjective, so I recommend browsing before buying if possible.

(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Shea HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 25, 2013
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Sometimes you want books on how to do a task - and sometimes you want a book to inspire you in creative ideas for that task. Watercolor - Paintings by Contemporary Artists falls into the second category. This isn't a How To book for watercoloring. It's a book full of modern takes on what watercoloring is all about.

There are all sorts of books out there that highlight the works of masters. You can find those historic paintings easily on the web. What this book offers is different. It collects together a number of modern artists, to show what is being done with watercolors in our current times.

I think it's important to make this clear. This book will NOT teach you how to watercolor. It won't showcase famous watercolors from John James Audubon or Paul Cezanne. It takes on the latest crop of painters, in a wide range of topic areas. This means - naturally - that you might adore some styles and might hate others. Heck, you might adore certain paintings by a specific painter and not be fond of other of their paintings. That's ok! The point of this book is to show the range of things you COULD do with watercolors. We're all different. We all have different interests and styles. That's the beauty of art. This book will have different reactions from different readers. I imagine we'll all have quite different paintings we enjoy here. With 21 different artists featured, there's something for everyone.

I read the ebook version of it, and I found that format was great. I could zoom in large, on my computer monitor, on a given image and focus on it. I loved the intro image, Flirt, by Sujean Rim, who wrote the preface. The colors of the skirt, the lively spatters around the girl, all bring the image to life. I also enjoy how they show images of artists' work areas.
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