Watercolour Toolbox

Essentials for Painting Success

Non-Fiction - Home/Crafts
80 Pages
Reviewed on 02/18/2014
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Author Biography

Canadian fine artist Karen Richardson teaches watercolour and perspective drawing with a back to basics approach.

She has exhibited her award-winning paintings in 120 solo and group art shows since 1986. Over 600 of her paintings are enjoyed in private, and corporate, art collections in 19 countries.

"My life is centred on exploring new horizons, making art, and coaching other artists. I hope Watercolour Toolbox will support and inspire many students on their painting journey."

To enquire about workshops, paintings, and commissions, visit Karen's virtual studio at http://karenrichardson.ca/.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Watercolour Toolbox: Essentials for Painting Success by Karen Richardson is a useful guide to all painters and those who are learning to paint. The book guides you step-by-step with useful strategies and demonstrations. It speaks about problems that painters face while painting and, apart from being helpful to novices, the book is also helpful to experienced painters. The book guides you in a sequential manner and speaks about everything that a painter would love to know to improve their techniques and skills. The book covers extensively the right usage of colors, brushes, and good textures for paintings.

The book has eight demonstrations by the author which is really educational and useful. It gives useful tips to improve your techniques and widen one's perspective on how to handle the complexities of art. The examples will tell you how to avoid or fix the challenges presented while using watercolors. The tips to keep in mind before you start with the painting are very helpful. It helps you in planning your picture and how to go about it methodically. The book also tells readers about the classic design guidelines and traditional painting methods which will help them improve their craft.

I will recommend this book to all artists and beginners. The most common painting challenges faced by painters and the simple solutions offered by the author will help one enjoy painting. This 65-page tutorial is very helpful when it comes to improving your style.

Aprille Janes

As an amateur painter I've found Karens expertise beyond helpful. Her book captures her knowledge in an easy to read and understand format. It's a book that belongs on every artists shelf. Actually, it should sit right beside them while they paint!