So, I’ve mentioned before that I have aspirations to pick up painting as a hobby. I’m not quite sure when I’ll actually pick up a paintbrush to get started, but in the meantime I’ve continued to enjoy reading about the process. I recently read The Watercolor Course You’ve Always Wanted: Guided Lessons for Beginners and Experienced Artists, and thoroughly enjoyed it.
This book has everything you want to get started in painting with watercolors. Leslie Frontz really does cover everything I would expect from a class in watercolors. Chapters include: choosing and using materials, shapes, values, color properties, line, textures, and mood.
What I appreciated the most was that she incorporated demonstrations of how she approached a painting. She shows the 3 stages of a painting and then includes a step by step of her techniques to create the painting. This is so helpful as there are different demonstrations throughout the book, and they follow her lessons on that chapter.
I found the art in the book beautiful and I don’t typically think of watercolor as a “bright” medium, but this book totally changes my perception. The book includes paintings by other artists as well.
After reading this book, I’m left feeling inspired and encouraged. If and when I ever decide to pick up watercolor painting, I will be keeping this book as reference material.
Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are my own