The second New Holland Publishers Book review on...
The Natural World in Watercolour
By Jean-Claude Chaillou
The techniques seem to be very experimental and exciting but because the focus is on nature, the outcomes are often traditional looking. The focus of the book is on re-creating the paintings shown (playful and calming), which is great but I think the reader could be encouraged to apply the teachings to new images and scenes, perhaps veering away from the literal translation of a realistic strawberry for example. However, for a beginner I think it's great- it goes into detail about the technicalities of things from colour choices to brush strokes to the supplies themselves. There is even a step-by-step of how to stretch your paper. Watercolour is one of the hardest paint mediums to work with in my opinion, and it's nice to be shown just what you can achieve by using certain strategies. It's great to be shown in a straightforward manner, and valuable to see how the paintings 'build up' to the final outcome.
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