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The Essence of Watercolour

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Hazel Soan's watercolors have won her international recognition; now she helps less experienced painters master the challenges of this versatile medium. Encouraging budding watercolorists to be bold in their use of color and brushstroke, Soan emphasizes her belief that tone is king. And by showing how mistakes can be incorporated into a composition, she reveals how forgivi ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Batsford
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Kevin de Ataíde
Dec 13, 2012 Kevin de Ataíde rated it really liked it
Attractive coffee table format book with large watercolours demonstrated. I appreciate the author's work because of her use of colour. She talks only about painting though, assuming that her readers are already accomplished draughtsmen. This is by no means a given, and most beginning painters may be stopped short by their inability to draw to begin with. Otherwise, Soan's paintings are an ordered mess, and can only be appreciated from a distance. This makes sense from the text, where she describ ...more
Sevda
Apr 12, 2015 Sevda rated it it was amazing
The most inspiring and encouraging painting book that I've read so far.
Duke Kittisiri
Jun 08, 2016 Duke Kittisiri rated it it was amazing
The best watercolour book I've ever read. Not a step-by-step book but you won't regret reading it. Very informative.
Mark Cheverton
Apr 21, 2012 Mark Cheverton rated it it was amazing
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This is an inspirational book. Hazel's art is beautiful, and demonstrates that watercolour is more than just twee botanical paint by numbers.

If you're expecting a book on the practical techniques, then this isn't for you. Hazel concentrates more on principles than practice, focussing on aspects such as brush strokes, colour, light, patience. You finish the book with a real sense of her state of mind when approaching a painting - what she's thinking and how that makes it onto the page. Her work a
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Fiona Cano-lopez
Dec 03, 2013 Fiona Cano-lopez rated it really liked it
A very interesting book, full of Hazels fab paintings. If you are after inspiration then this is the book for you but if you are after step by step demos, then look else where.
A must have for anyone wishing to master the loose application of watercolour or anyone who wishes they had it in them!
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