Books

Books: Splash – The Best of Watercolor (pictures and thoughts)

I still can’t completely get used to the fact that all new books (or many) that are available at the bookstores or on Amazon, I can review, order at the local library. US Library system, especially county libraries that I’ve been going to for the past 10+ years, had saved me thousands of dollars. I don’t have to buy books (anymore!) if I just want to look through them. I can order them online from a local library, or even as far away as Nevada State with the use of Link Plus system. Love-love-love this.

So I decided that it’s a good practice for myself (as a review), and it might be useful for somebody who looks through my blog, if I start recording, taking and showing pictures and writing notes on the books that I own, borrow, review at the bookstore or order at the library.


Recently I’ve been doing much more watercolor paintings… playing with paper, trying watercolor pencils, different brands, so I’ve ordered 2 books with the review of the best watercolor images:

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Splash books are featuring best of the works of different watercolor artists.

Splash Retrospective – 20 Years of contemporary watercolor (Amazon price $34.46) excellence has following sections:

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I really enjoyed that this book had description and explanation on the scene from the artist, and also the detailed notes from the editor – pointing out what is interesting and special about these paintings.

Amazing detailed work – painting map and all the names, and shapes – by Peggy Flora Zalucha:

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Fun shapes, a mix of reality and imagination, “levels” and scenes within scenes. Fun painting by Scott Moore.

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This is the best and the most amazing, sleek, smooth portrait, done in watercolor I’ve ever seen. It is sooooo oil-like. Beautiful and so worth to be on the cover of the book.

“Hope” by Paul M. McCormack (portrait of his wife) – painting on the left:

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It is rare that surrealism is getting paid in watercolors. Or at least, I am not used to these scenes. An image on the left is a surreal night, or can be taken as an image of another planet.

The image on the right is fun. Play on shapes, relationships and just look of things. Boat? No – banana.

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Unusual shapes and drawings. Ladies at the bottom  of the right page (by Wendy Dawn Barnhill-Hill) are really fun older ladies characters:

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This painting is a fun work of  light and shadows, play with toys – painting of Sharon Maczko:

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This is the most watercolor inspirational view of New York City (Tim Saternow):

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Next book – Splash 15 (Amazon price $26.58) has these sections:

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I was amazed at this color (look at this even color of the paint on the page!) of the umbrella… I know from personal experience how hard it is to lay color that way, but also, that dabbed light – so playful:

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it is so hard and so … fun (as a result) to paint shadows, see shapes and colors:

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I am not fond of  looking and analyzing portraits and figure drawings. But I did enjoy this character (by Paul Jackson) :

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Chef is so…. inspiring… he makes me want to cook and have a glass of wine:

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details of the garlic (with watercolor paper texture showing through):

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details … so many details… It’s busy, but can you imagine how much time was spent painting that? :

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city street is inspiring:

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details and such clear view of the glass of Apple store:

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It was fun to look through these images. Partially inspiring, and intimidating at the same time.

More books to come 🙂


What art books are your favorite?