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Soon Y. Warren is an award-winning artist and teacher. She is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, Southern Watercolor Society, Texas Watercolor Society, Purple Sage Brush, Alabama Watercolor Society and Society of Watercolor Artists. Her work has been in Watercolor Artist magazine, The Artist's Magazine and four editions of Splash: The Best of Watercolor. She is the author of two books, Vibrant Flowers in Watercolor (North Light, 2006) and Painting Vibrant Watercolors (North Light, 2009). She is represented by Southwest Gallery in Dallas, Texas; Your Private Collection art gallery in Granbury, Texas; and Brian Drake Studio and Gallery in Stevensville, Texas. Visit her website at http://SoonWarren.com/. Warren lives in Fort Worth, Texas.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (October 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440314721
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440314728
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lisa Shea HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
First, I should make clear that I am just getting started in watercolors. I got Painting Vibrant Watercolors by Soon Y. Warren as a long term plan. I figured I probably couldn't master her techniques right away - but that this would give me inspiration about what to work toward. It would also help me make sure I developed good habits by the beginning.

I was quite pleasantly surprised, in that I wasn't sure it would have a lot of "getting started" material for me. In fact, compared with several other books I got, this one is wonderful in some of its introductory material. Warren is encouraging and gentle. She encourages you to keep learning, to accept mistakes as the way to grow, to develop a personal palette, and to chart your own path.

She provides a wealth of practical advice. She shows visuals of how the exact same "named" color from different vendors can look quite different. She talks about developing your own color chart for this reason. She has gorgeous examples of lighting, reflections, surfaces, and more. She explains the differences between different types of paint choices with clear visuals.

Then she has step by step tutorials, with images shown of each stage, of how she creates her images.

I was quite pleased. I thought I'd have to hold onto this book as something I could use much later in my growth - but there was a great deal of information which was useful and helpful right away. I can also see that the book will be quite helpful even after I've been painting for a while.

Highly recommended for people at all stages of using watercolors.
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The first reviewer of this book obviously has only a scientific/academic perspective on the topics for which he/she criticizes this book. Anyone with any genuine expertise in Soon Warren's techniques would know that: 1) The metal powder she uses is always applied within a clear acrylic medium. This prevents oxygen from reaching virtually all of the metal, the source, by definition, of oxidization; and 2) the studies that "prove" fading of the Winsor & Newton colors Aureolin and Permanent Alizarin Crimson do not shield the paint from the deleterious effects of UVA and UVB radiation. Since all well framed watercolor paintings use special glass, which shields the painting from the damaging portions of light spectra, the colors do not fade. It's unfortunate that Amazon.com allows such irresponsible reviews written by those without the experience, expertise, and knowledge necessary to create a thoughtful and accurate description!

This book truly is an amalgam of easy to understand theory and descriptions of painting techniques honed to perfection by years of creating top-award winning works. Any watercolor painter from beginner to expert would benefit from this book.
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At first I browesed the stunning paintings that are photographed in this wonderful book. Then I began reading and rereading all the basic information on value, composition, types of watercolor paints, paper,and all the tips on materials. No, I don't think I can create such luminous and award-winning paintings as Soon Warren has in her book. But they are so beautifully done, it is an inspiration to me, and I want to try to create something of my own. Love this book and will be refering to it for many months and years to come. Thank you, Soon for sharing your wonderful art!
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I haven't bought an art instruction book in a long while, but this book is great. Soon Warren is a gifted watercolorist and she shares all and gives the student step by step instruction. A great little home study course.
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This book is beautiful and would be helpful to any student of watercolor, whether a beginner or more experienced artist. However, I give it three stars due to a couple issues. First of all, the author states that she prefers to use paints with the best lightfast ratings, yet she uses Aureolin and Permanent Alizarin Crimson (by Winsor & Newton), BOTH of which have proven to fade and dull in independent lightfastness tests. This is a surprising contradiction. Also, the author's use of metallic powders (gold and silver) in her artwork is intriguing, but what she doesn't tell you is that their beautiful shine and color will gradually tarnish and become darkened and dull. This is because the powders are based on the metal bronze, which oxidizes. The manufacturer of the powders confirms this fact. If you want your artwork to last, use lightfast replacements for Aureolin and Permanent Alizarin Crimson, and seriously think twice about using the metallic powders. Other than that, the book is an excellent "how-to" guide full of tips and ideas, and I would definitely recommend it.
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Soon's book is very technical which is great as I wanted to learn more about painitng glass and silver. Her color palettes are bold and exciting.
I know I am going to learn a lot from this book.
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Most watercolor painting technique books available today are simple and don't give much of a challenge to the artist. But as a painter who was serious about taking my work to the next level this was just what I needed. Soon's book is a fresh look with the medium and her instructions are easy to understand.
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