Painting From Photographs (Watercolor Basics)

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Used correctly, photographs are extremely powerful tools. Most novice painters don''t know the tricks of the trade and often create boring compositions based upon photographs. Patrick Seslar reveals a number of useful, simple secrets for novices.'

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Pat Seslar is a contributing editor for The Artist's Magazine, author of Wildlife Painting Step by Step and coauthor of Painting Nature's Peaceful Places. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries nationwide.

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The authors of these two books approach watercolor with radically different philosophies. Smith believes firmly in painting in direct contact with nature: he believes that painters should either complete their work on-site or, at the least, return to the studio with sufficient sketches and color notes. His loose, atmospheric brushwork, limited palette, and carefully described methods are sure to please anyone interested in the traditional British landscape style of painting. This is a good companion to Jack Reid's excellent Watercolor Basics: Let's Get Started (LJ 12/98). Seslar, a contributing editor to the Artist's Magazine, has produced the first comprehensive watercolor book for beginners on working from photographs. The advantage to his method is that it trains the eye to visualize the transition of live objects to luminous paint on paper. He surveys different methods of photography and the uses of grids and pantographsAand, finally, provides 12 nicely varied demonstrations. Highly recommended, perhaps in conjunction with reference works like Bart Rulon's Artist's Photo Reference: Birds (LJ 3/15/99).
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