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Watercolor: Paintings of Contemporary Artists Paperback – April 23, 2013
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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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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.
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.