Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Book Review: Urban Watercolor Sketching by Felix Scheinberger

Urban Watercolor Sketching explains the background of producing urban watercolor paintings (or watercolor paintings in general), with topics such as the background of colors, what colors are most useful to painters and which ones stay unused most of the time, different watercolor art styles, different types and sizes of paintbrushes and paper, too much versus too little water in paintings, the effects of light on paint colors, etc. The book is full of color examples to help readers visualize what is being explained. Many urban paintings are shared throughout the book, from places people may frequently or infrequently visit in different countries, showing that there is something worthwhile to paint all over the world. There are also tips used in the corners of many of the pages throughout the book, highlighting main ideas from many of the topics.

I always thought a lot of work went into creating paintings but little did I know before reading this book just how many techniques there are and that there are different phases of creating paintings. It was interesting to learn that often just the color of a room can make people feel colder or hotter, although the colors are not really creating hotter or colder temperatures. Painters often do not want to be involved with pricing out their work, it’s hard to put price tags on paintings; the work painters create is often priceless, and in some cases valuable paintings are not priced very high. I loved hearing that painting something common to painters like a store that has some personal/historical meaning to them can have more meaning than traveling to well-known places and painting places that they may only visit once.

I loved looking at all the paintings in this book but I enjoyed the ones of Israel the most. I believe there is something for everyone that wants to learn about watercolor sketching in this book.

My rating = 5 out of 5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: Blogging for Books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

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