- Series: One A Day
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Quarry Books (December 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1592538576
- ISBN-13: 978-1592538577
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One Watercolor a Day: A 6-Week Course Exploring Creativity Using Watercolor, Pattern, and Design (One A Day) Paperback – December 1, 2013
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About the Author
Veronica Lawlor is the author of One Drawing A Day: A 6-Week Course Exploring Creativity with Illustration and Mixed Media, published by Quarry in October 2011, and One Watercolor A Day: A 6-Week Course Exploring Creativity Using Watercolor, Pattern, and Design, published by Quarry in December 2013.Other books by Ms. Lawlor include I Was Dreaming to Come to America: Memories of the Ellis Island Oral History Project and September 11, 2001: Words and Pictures. I Was Dreaming received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was the awarded by the NCSS in 1995. It is currently part of the NY State teaching curriculum. In addition to her book pursuits, Veronica Lawlor is an instructor at Parsons the New School for Design, Pratt Institute, and her own Dalvero Academy. She is an illustrator and the president of Studio 1482, the illustration collective that contributed illustrations to One Drawing A Day and One Watercolor A Day. Veronica Lawlor is also a correspondent with Urban Sketchers, and her work was featured in the Quarry book: The Art of Urban Sketching, as well as in the first two issues of the Urban Sketching Handbook series.
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It's a 6-week course of 42 daily exercises on experimenting with watercolour.
The exercises are actually subjects that you can draw such as still life, landscapes, people, places, patterns and other miscellaneous ideas. If you're looking for ideas on things to draw, maybe this is the book for you.
This is not a book on watercolour techniques. The visual examples are loose and expressive. Very much like watercolour doodles, not the realistic representational kind, so there's no stress on trying to match the quality that you see. The goal is to have some fun while exploring the styles offered and suggested by the different artists featured in the book.
The artists are from Studio 1482, namely Veronica Lawlor, Despina Georgiadis, Eddie Peña, Dominick Santise, Greg Betza, Michele Bedigian and Margaret Hurst.
It's a fun book for those who feel like trying something spontaneous, new or different for a change.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
And it does- sort of. The book is actually six weeks of prompts rather than lessons. Each "prompt" is about a paragraph or two long (for example "paint a body in motion", "create a portrait in a color you hate", "paint beautiful flowers"), basically giving you the subject matter of your painting and a *little* bit of guidance, style-wise.
But that's about it. There are no techniques, no styles, no real "tips and tricks" to develop your watercolor skills. The basic message of this book is that if you do commit to six weeks of doing a daily watercolor painting, your skills will basically develop on their own, because you are mastering the medium just by becoming so familiar with it. There's truth to that, of course, but it's really nice to be able to pick up some new methods along the way, things you can't learn simply by playing around.
Another issue I have with this book is the lack of source material. Most of the prompts in the book instruct the reader to paint something from real life- a portrait, architecture, a still life. And with each prompt, there is a completed watercolor illustration that serves as an example of the prompt. But there are NO source materials pictured with the watercolor images, so it's a little hard to figure out how, exactly, the artist might have put his/her own spin on things via the medium of watercolor. It would be nice to see the landscape that served as the basis of the watercolor illustration you are looking at, or the still life that the artist painted in one color, just so you can see how values and shades were translated via watercolor.
Finally, I wasn't really crazy about any of the art in this book. It's all quick sketches using watercolor paints. I'm drawn to pattern and vibrant colors, and this book didn't deliver either. Most every prompt is firmly rooted in copying something from real life. In a way, this book is like flipping through a sketchbook that someone painted in VERY QUICKLY. Every image is comprised of just a few loose strokes.
But I stand by my four star review simply because I DO believe that six weeks of daily watercolors WILL teach you a whole lot about the medium and your own style as an artist. And if you go through the book one lesson at a time, every single day, you'll learn a lot. But if you are like me -someone who likes to not only read a book from cover to cover, but then dip back into it for inspiration afterwards time and time again - this book doesn't have much of a shelf life. There's no paintings or ideas in here that made me say "wow! This is so inspiring!" and spark my interest.
I like watercolor art books with lots of neat pictures to give me inspiration. This book has some interesting and bright examples, but they are mostly blobs of color that look neat together. I am amused, for instance, when on page 46 the author says: "You'll notice ... I went back in and added ... detail such as leaves and branches in the trees. I also added a few shapes to describe the fence in blue." Haha! I guess the joke's on me, who noticed no such things. I see no trees, or leaves, and the blue shape looks like the top half of a person in silhouette holding a beach umbrella.
I disagree with reviewers who say this is "great for beginners" unless beginners want the reassurance that it's OK if your painting doesn't look like anything in particular.