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This is a very helpful book analyzing the important elements of watercolor that will improve your paintings. It is illustrated by excellent examples of paintings from the two authors. I found it very helpful.
Bought it mostly for the section that shows how to paint cool figures (without the tiny detail) - just loose representations of figure in a painting. But the entire book has excellent watercolor info - and good training exercises and some excellent info on "fixing it". Excellent reference book.
This is a very nice book. Van Hasselt and Wagner are both excellent artists. The book has 18 chapters. The first 8 are a good review of their 8 building blocks, and then they address a number of other painting issues using the building blocks. The book has large page sizes and very good illustrations. I think its more useful than painting books where the authors just show a lot of their work.
I owned this book and bought this copy for our granddaughter. I think there is a wealth of information in the making of a good watercolor painting within the book. I find watercolor more difficult than acrylic or oils. This helps me muddle through my problems. I'd recommend this to an adult student but not to a child.
One of the frequently heard comments about watercolor painting is that it's so hard because once you put the color on the paper, that's it--you're committed. It's good that--by presenting a variety of techniques to correct mistakes--Wagner may encourage people to be a little more flexible. However, there's little that's really innovative in the techniques described; any competent watercolor painter who uses the 'lifting' (as opposed to 'staining') colors will find themselves instinctively doing most of these things once pointed toward them. Not a bad book, and it has some useful ideas, but it's not revolutionary.
This book gives very clear and precise explanations of the various principles of painting which are necessary to learning about good composition. As a new watercolor painter, I refer to these principles frequently.