Charles Reids Watercolor Secrets (英語) ハードカバー – 2004/4/25
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Filled with images taken from the sketchbook of artist Charles Reid, this guide to mastering the art of watercolor includes commentary from the artist on his own work as well as practical advice on how to use various techniques. Original.
My disappointment with this and most of his videos is that he always says the same things, and not very much at that. Not all bad, but view one and you've seen them all in essence. Even his words are often them same--over-mixing your pigments on your palette is "very bad." Now his books are more thorough. But what you get with this and other videso is a few pieces of the same ol' advice and you get to watch Charles paint. That's it. And his compositions, while amazingly good most of the time, are 90% intuitive, meaning hard to learn from, if you can at all.
I have not purchased the more expensive and lengthy watercolor course on DVD, so I can't comment on that. But, generally, if you own one Reid DVD, and you're a good learner, that will probably be enough.
The book is in a longer-than-wide format and beautifully printed. The example paintings are lovely--you just want to stare at them and wonder how he could make something so uncontrived-looking. But the technique is not simple, so if you admire this style of watercolor and strive for looseness yet coherence in your own painting, I'd recoomend this book for your library. It gives you a lot to think about and try for yourself.
Watercolor Secrets" at a bookstore and it is my favorite of all the books I've seen. It is a beautifully printed book and his paintings are extraordinary, I am just blown away by his consummate skill as an artist.His use of color and negative space(white paper) are remarkable.A wide range of subjects are covered, landscapes, flowers, French Villas and towns etc.
What really sets him apart however,are his watercolor portraits,
just amazing. He seems to capture not just a likeness of the person but also their very essence. I love the painting of actor Gene Wilder though all the others are outstanding too.
I loved his portrait work so much I also purchased his book on the subject "The Natural Way to Paint". So many books on watercolor look the same, overdone subjects, overly tight painting. Charles Reid is the real deal, a true artist.Very inspiring, makes me want to paint every time I look at it.
Charles Reid has a loose style that probably suits him and I don't doubt that he is acclaimed. Yet his "Charles Reid's Watercolor Secrets" just did not help me much. If given the choice I would not have purchased the book after having seen the library copy. Still I think that this may be partly a difference of taste. One of my problems with his work is his tendency to artistically splatter his finished paintings. Sometimes this seemed to work, but often (in my opinion) it did not. I sometimes felt that the book was more a glorification of that technique, rather than a real painting manual. In short the whole book left me feeling less than enthusiastic. I don't object to many loose formats and even abstract ones, but they have to work. In my opinion (and I stress this, because I don't consider myself an expert at all) Reid's paintings did not always do this.
In the case of this book I don't feel able to recommend or to not recommend, but I think it wise for a potential buyer to examine it first carefully. If the style is agreeable to the buyer and they think that they can gain something from the descriptions than so be it. For myself I much prefer the manuals produced by other watercolor artists. This is in short not a book I would rush out and buy to add to my art library.