Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Book Review: The Art of Creative Watercolor by Danielle Donaldson

Title: The Art of Creative Watercolor
Danielle Donaldson
North Light Books
Publication Date:
27 March 2018
eBook - EPUB
Non-Fiction / Art
ARC via NetGalley

The world of Danielle Donaldson is as wondrous as a jar full of fireflies. Her whimsical illustrations are known for their offbeat color combinations, artful arrangements and endearing quirkiness. In this book, you'll learn how to partner with the wonderfully spontaneous medium of watercolor to create your own brand of magic.

Start by creating a handmade journal, then follow exercises and start-to-finish projects to fill it with illustrations that are small in size but big on color. Along the way, Danielle shares her fresh takes on color theory, perspective, composition and more.

Designed to get your brush moving, this book makes practice feel like play. It's a one-of-a-kind journey for any artist wishing to tap into the utter joy of watercolor painting and make it a cherished part of your daily life. (Goodreads Synopsis)

The thing I liked most about The Art of Creative Watercolor was its relaxed approach. Rather than presenting a set of rules to follow, Donaldson offers ideas and inspiration, alongside creative projects to get you started. There's no sense that everything has to be high art; she gives you the scope to follow your own path. That said, there is still plenty of technical advice on everything from brush strokes to perspective and composition. I believe this would be the ideal starter's guide for someone who is keen to paint and create, but who is put off by the idea that they don't have the talent or that they'll need years to master anything.

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