Sunday, 13 October 2013

Watercolor Unleashed – A Book Review

I borrowed this book from the library and found it to be very interesting. The painting depicted on the cover drew my attention. I love the fresh colours used.
Watercolor Unleashed – New directions for traditional painting techniques is written by Julie Gilbert Pollard. There are 6 chapters plus the Introduction and information on materials. The first chapter The Essentials covers the basics – drawing and composition, value sketches, dark against light, colour theory, positive and negative shapes and paint consistency. Ms. Pollard expands on these essentials in Drawing and Composing your Painting where she discusses the value of sketching. She works through Asymmetrical Composition and Assessing the Final Painting in this chapter’s demo. Color Theory and Negative painting are the subjects of Chapters 3 and 4. Spice up Watercolor with Acrylics is my favourite chapter. In this chapter (5) she explains how she uses fluid acrylics to lock in the darks. The effect is beautiful. This is the technique I will be experimenting with. 
Ms. Pollard uses excellent demos to show the various techniques.

Watercolor Unleashed
New directions for traditional painting techniques
Julie Gilbert Pollard, Copyright 2013
Published by North Light Books
ISBN 978-1-4403-2088-0
CDN $25.99 (US $24.99)