Suggested Books for Watercolor Painters

I have been painting watercolor for 20 + years and still learn from reading and viewing other artist creative works.  Although techniques are basic, each artist has their own approach for application.   The  goal of each brush stroke is to produce a masterpiece.  Refreshing the basics gives me a new perspective, one of those ‘Oh! yeow’ moments.  I have listed a few books that I recommend for that moment if you are a veteran painter or a beginner.
Zolton Szabo’s 70 Favorite Watercolor Techniques

A good book on techniques, composition, and color.   The use of bristle slanted burshs for washes.  There are demonstrations on simplification of photographs for traditional or an idealized design.  Great for beginners or seasoned painters…

Daring Color
Rich, rich color with a direct approach in painting.  Mixing colors for just the perfect neutral gray needed to enhance hues. Several demonstrations with additional tips on painting, color, supplies and composition from photographs.
Daring Color
    CLICK TO BUY BOOKCharles Reid Watercolor Solutions

Drips, runs, splatters of color with lost and found edges describes figures and landscapes published in this book.  Problem solving solutions that every painter has encountered at least once.  Charles is a master at contour drawing..

Charles Reid's Watercolor Solutions
CLICK HERE TO BUY BOOKPainting Outside the Lines
Negative shapes are difficult for the beginner.  This book includes exercises for painting and understanding the negative shapes for every painting.  Using under paintings to start the process of finding a composition expands the creative mind.
Watercolor Painting Outside The Lines
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The Watercolorist’s Answer Book
From the basics to tips, techniques and painting demonstrations from several artist.  Creating  interesting compositions with line, shape and textures from photographs or value sketches.
Watercolorist's Answer Book
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Luminous Watercolor – Spring Landscape
Sterling Edwards DVD
Mixing and painting landscape greens in a 4 step process seems to be a challenge to most but Sterling’s instruction is easy to follow.  Sterling’s explanation of the reference photo is most helpful for future paintings.

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