- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Watson-Guptill (May 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0823056384
- ISBN-13: 978-0823056385
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.8 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,648,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Watercolor: A New Beginning: A Holistic Approach to Painting Paperback – May 1, 1998
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Lindsay's approach to teaching watercolor emerges from somewhere between the traditional art world and the deep, mystic spaces of the self. In her words, "Watercolor likes to be danced with, not controlled." Relearn the playfulness of childhood, she argues; abandon the constant worry of whether the work is "good" or done the "right" way. If you concentrate on the processAthe experience of paintingAquality will emerge on its own. There are several fine books on watercolor from the rational school, like Jack Reid's Watercolor Basics: Let's Get Started (LJ 12/98). Lindsay's unique work will strike a chord with many beginning artists who respond to a more personal, even spiritual tone. So handsomely designed that it's hard to resist leafing through it, this holistic tome is highly recommended.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I am excited to report that this book is the first time out of the many former experiences of doing the monumental task of color charts, that I actually look forward to the project. I've done color charts for pigments in both acrylic and oil paint. Now watercolor. Well hello color exploration, it's so nice to meet you! Ann inspired me to see this as play. It's hard to describe in words how this has happened, but I now see my pigments as chracters in a grand performance. I can hardly wait to get home from work or get up in the morning to steal time for another color discovery, and start seeing how that combination would be great for skin tones, etc. Thanks Ann!
I love this book! Of all the watercolor Instruction books I bought, this is my favorite. There's just something magical about the way she motivates you to get out that brush and handle the daunting task of starting in watercolor. We all know how it's beginnings that are the toughest. Ann makes you want to begin with fun and no fear. And some of those neutral washes are just stunning! I like the interesting way she sees the process of painting as fun and not a chore. Do not understate the simplicity of this book. What you learn will take you to the next level and stay with you where ever you go.
She demonstrates several different ways to get to the same result. There is both left and right brained work going on here to leave you balanced. Do not be without this book if you want your watercolor to come alive the way all great watercolors do. It happens by the painter being alive on the inside first.
She was right. If I follow this book page by page, I should be a pretty good painter.
This book fills the gap. I never expected to find a book written for adults that was still gentle on my first halting efforts, but this one is as good as or even better than the art books for children at reminding me that every artist has to start somewhere.
Also, I recommend checking out the artist's website. She has a gallery of some of her lovely paintings there.
My only negative comment would be that the prices are VERY HIGH, here at Amazon and at other venues, I guess due to the fact that the book is currently out of print. However, I do know that Ann Lindsay is still teaching this method, so the book remains very timely.
Otherwise, I found that the book was very helpful. Its lessons followed a curriculum similar to mine, which my students find VERY HELPFUL.
For watercolor artists, this book provides inspirational and practical ideas for any level painter. It addresses some very basic, yet sometimes complex painting issues.
I highly recommend this book.