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My main disappointment with this book was the number of illustrations of African plains - fine if you live there or want to paint from a photo, but I was hoping for more instruction for painting English/ European scenery, using the colours and trees etc found there. Hazel Soan is obviously a well- liked and successful artist and that is what prompted me to buy the book. However I do not find it as inspirational as I had hoped.
I don't understand the one star review. This Kindle Edition is in colour and is written in Hazel Soan's usual easy to understand and comprehensive style and is well illustrated, in colour. I'm very happy with my purchase
For anyone who loves Hazel Soan style as I do they will enjoy the paintings in the book. The instruction is mainly theory there is not many step by step demos but in a way I find that challenges you more to guess how she has painted the pictures in the book using the concepts she explains. She uses a sort of dry brush on rough textured paper leaves lots of white paper as highlights not layers of washes all over as some other artists. Great painter wonderful translucent light and shade.
this is a book about water COLOURs which Idownloaded by mistake and now I don't seem to be able to return it or exchange it!!!!! Im not complaining about the book I am complaining about my inability to exchange this now... Ive spent hours on Amazon to try and exchange unsuccessfully obviously.
Hazel Soan est une grande aquarelliste, ce livre est plein d'inspiration, les paysages représentés sont magnifiques, Hazel Soan nous donne l'envie de peindre. Ce livre a un format pratique, il est certe en anglais mais il est facile à comprendre.
So the review which dinged this for having too many Kalahari/African examples is just plain wrong. There are landscapes from English gardens, the American southwest, cityscapes from Europe and around the world, and mountain and snow scenes again from North America and Europe. She uses a limited palette -- really good to avoid the dreaded mud, but does not specify a definitive color list though you can glean what she uses from the colors mentioned as being used under each of the paintings. She mentions some favorites and does have a list of lesser used but loved and included colors In kindle, search for a color name and you will get the count, and where it is mentioned. So definitely not a good prescriptive book for beginners because she gives you so many triads that she uses and does not seem to repeat a great many of them through the book. Fearless use of color is the defining strategy.