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The watercolorist's essential notebook : keep painting! / Gordon MacKenzie.
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Keep painting!

Treasury of tips to inspire your watercolor painting adventure
ISBN:
9781440348778
Edition:
First edition
Publication Information:
Blue Ash, Ohio : North Light Books, [2017]

©2017
Physical Description:
144 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Abstract:
"Recharge your creative spirit and rediscover the magic that is watercolor! Every watercolorist needs a creative kick in the pants now and then--to keep seeking inspiration when feeling uninspired, to keep going when a painting has stalled, to keep trying when a technique isn't easy to master... sometimes just to keep painting, period. When your artistic well has run dry, you must replenish it. Whether you have spent decades painting in watercolor or are just beginning, the tips and secrets shared by best-selling author and artist Gordon MacKenzie provide the perfect guide when the going gets tough. Get excited about watercolor again as he shows you how to: Find better approaches to a tired composition; Engage viewers more fully with color, value and well-placed "wee people"; Reinvent a scene that outshines your reference photographs; Dramatize a landscape by focusing on the weather; Nurture your own growth by sharing what you know with others"--Amazon.com.
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Recharge your creative spirit and rediscover the magic that is watercolor!

Every watercolorist needs a creative kick in the pants now and then--to keep seeking inspiration when feeling uninspired, to keep going when a painting has stalled, to keep trying when a technique isn't easy to master...sometimes just to keep painting, period.

When your artistic well has run dry, you must replenish it. Whether you have spent decades painting in watercolor or are just beginning, the tips and secrets shared by best-selling author and artist Gordon MacKenzie provide the perfect guide when the going gets tough. Get excited about watercolor again as he shows you how to:
Find better approaches to a tired composition Engage viewers more fully with color, value and well-placed "wee people" Reinvent a scene that outshines your reference photographs Dramatize a landscape by focusing on the weather Nurture your own growth by sharing what you know with others "You don't have to paint the way you paint now. You don't have to paint what you paint now." --Gordon MacKenzie


Author Notes

Gordon MacKenzie, gordonmackenziewatercolours.com, is a popular artist and teacher with more than 30 years experience. He conducts workshops in the U.S. and Canada and has produced two books with North Light. He lives in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.


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Library Journal Review

Seasoned watercolorist and instructor MacKenzie aims to inspire, enliven, and kick-start readers' watercolor work with projects and techniques presented in an entertaining, occasionally humorous, illustrated prose format rather than the usual sequential step-by-step style. The first chapter includes a brief essay on accessing one's creative energies. Other sections offer advice for changing up composition, working with color in new ways, portraying dramatic weather in landscapes, and using photographs as reference material. MacKenzie also explains how to teach a watercolor workshop. Verdict Those who haven't touched their watercolor paints in years are the ideal audience for this guide; it will also benefit more recent adopters of the medium to find fresh perspectives.-Heather Halliday, American Jewish Historical Soc., New York © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.