- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Watson-Guptill; Anniversary, Reprint edition (January 11, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0823031152
- ISBN-13: 978-0823031153
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 181 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Making Color Sing, 25th Anniversary Edition: Practical Lessons in Color and Design Anniversary, Reprint Edition
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Jeanne Dobie, a teacher and painter whose work is shown widely and often wins coveted awards, lives in Pennsylvania. She is an extremely talented watercolor painter who was a Juror of Award for the 2007 and 2014 American Watercolor Society International Exhibitions. Dobie’s work has been featured on various covers and articles.
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The main medium used in the book is watercolour, although it's strangely not mentioned in the title or the book description.
The 31 lessons in the book are quite comprehensive with practical tips on usage, and also explains the thought process behind using colours.
They cover picking and mixing colours, controlling greens, understanding warm and cool, using colour for shape composition, values, creating transitions, and much more. There's a sizeable amount of content devoted to glazing, and the differences compared to mixing. There are occasionally exercises.
There's quite a bit of text to go through, but it's a really insightful read. The author Jeanne Dobie is clearly very knowledgable about pigments and can explain effortlessly on how and why mixed colours appear as they do, and the underlying pigments that control colour shifts. One of the highlights of the book is about using colour as a design element, such as picking out shapes and using them as composition elements.
Overall, it's a great watercolour instructional book that can be read again and again because there are lots of useful information. It will give you the knowledge and all you have to do is go paint and experiment.
Recommended to beginners to advanced watercolour artists.
(Check out more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
This was recommended by a teacher in a watercolor class...she called it "a college course in watercolor." I also make cloisonne enameled pieces, and the layering and mixing of colors is also applicable for glass and enameled projects. I recommend this one highly.
you will not need to buy lots of tubes of paint. It will show you with a few basic colors you can create almost any color there is.....
I was excited when I got the book because I had just mentioned my desire to "make color sing"; however, I wasn't so excited to learn that the artwork samples are in watercolor!
It would've been nice to know ahead of time that the examples were all watercolor. I rate this book four stars because I don't consider this purchase a total bust. The information is great. I don't give five stars because it really should indicate the medium that all examples are in, if in only one medium. One day, I will use watercolor. When I do, this will be a great book in my library. I'll store the book until then.