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Collins Artist's Little Book of Inspiration [Hardcover]

Hazel Soan
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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Book Description

4 Aug 2008

An attractive, highly illustrated little sourcebook of ideas and practical exercises, Collins Artist's Little Book of Inspiration is for artists looking for new creativity.

Through a combination of practical instruction, illustrated projects and step-by-step demonstrations in watercolour, oil and acrylic, popular artist Hazel Soan explains how to develop your observational skills and unleash your creativity.
The book shows you how to find inspiration all around you - 'seeing' like an artist, recognizing potential subjects and considering new approaches. Hazel Soan encourages you to experiment with papers and other surfaces, refresh your palette and understand what different materials can achieve.
From concept to composition let this little book be your guide to what to include in your work, how to be creative with colour and utilize tone and texture. Learn to see the world around you and the art materials you use in a new light, with ideas to inspire you around the house, out and about and on your wider travels. This attractive book also contains inspiring gallery pages which reveal how other artists have found new approaches to their chosen subjects.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (4 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007274904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007274901
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hazel Soan is a successful artist with an international reputation. She divides her studio time between London and Cape Town, exhibits her work widely, and her paintings can be found in collections worldwide. She is the author of 7 books on painting and runs very popular painting holidays. She was an Art Expert on Channel 4’s Watercolour Challenge and has made a number of other radio and TV appearances both in the UK and abroad.


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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very inspirational! 11 Mar 2009
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127 pages packed with oil, acrylic and watercolour paintings. A5 size is handy to carry to art classes. It covers a whole range of genres, with some particularly beautiful land and seascapes. Lots of technical information and tips given on how to develop your skills on composition, using tone, mixing colours, what equipment you need, projects to practise skills etc. I have a fair amount of experience but this little book has enough in it to keep me going for months from finished paintings to quick skills practice.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
A really handy book by Hazel Soan, a British master of the watercolour medium. For those times when staring at a black sheet of paper or canvas are just too much, this little gem of a book will kickstart your creativity. Though she is known for her loose watercolours, this book also contains some of her oils too.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Book - Big Inspiration 4 Jun 2010
Format:Hardcover
Having been intrigued by the title, I expected just another run of the mill art book. Wrong! This is an excellent book, handily sized to take in the field or holiday, and has plenty of easy to see detail. Easy enough to read in parts yet allowing you to pick up later without thinking you have missed something. Hazel Soan is a favourite watercolour artist, and her enthusiasm and skill clearly come through, giving you many hours of thoughts, tips, and subjects whether you hit a mental block or not, and as the title says - Inspiration! Recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly as the title says. 7 Nov 2012
By M. Kerr
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This is not a book that will teach you how to paint. It is though, perfect for people like me that can paint fairly well but lack inspiration. In the book Hazel Soan suggests what mediums you could use and what paper or other surfaces such as canvas & hardboard to walls, driftwood & fabrics. It is a great little book and has inspired me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that definitely does inspire. 24 April 2013
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I am new to water colour painting and this book was recommended to me by an artist friend. The content of both description and samples of Hazel Soan's ideas were refreshing, pleasing and easy to understand, giving me new ways of looking at possible painting subjects.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Collins Artist's Little Book of Inspiration 4 May 2010
Format:Hardcover
Really good book, handy if you need tips and to improve your painting techniques. I like Hazel Soan's style of painting, simple and effective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a small and OK book 12 Jan 2014
By Eva Vig
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Nice and easy to go to, but not much new technices to be learned on my part this time anyway
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good start 19 Nov 2013
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Excellent book for those about to start on serious water color painting but I found it a basic primer because of my experience
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, just what I would expect form this author
Brilliant, just what I would expect form this author. I love all the books that I already have by Hazel Soan. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Gwynneth Dell
5.0 out of 5 stars Hazel Soan
Hazel Soan is excellent with lots of good ideas
Published 1 month ago by G. M. Lycett-Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A nice little book ,although just a little disappointing
Published 2 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book
My wife loves this little book, easy to carry and very informative
Published 2 months ago by Roger
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
I am very pleased with this book and love Hazel's work. She continually inspires me into trying to achieve good results and enjoying my watercolour.
Published 3 months ago by sandra baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Collins Artist's Little Book
It might be small but gives Inspiration to all budding artist's etc, A good book that has helped me with my painting's thank you, and this seller always gives top quality books/... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tony ex REME
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
As with all Hazel Soan books, this is what I expected. I love her style of watercolour painting and her explanation is easy to follow with the right equipment
Published 4 months ago by Lynne Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Collins Artist's Little Book of Inspiration
I bought this book for my 65 year old brother who is in a nursing home, I glanced through the book and saw that was just what he needed thanks to Hazel Soan she is Brilliant. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. NA REDMAN
2.0 out of 5 stars A compilation of previous books!
If you are a fan of Hazel Soane as I am, you will be very disappointed with this book. It is just a revamp of her previous illustrations . There are very few new images. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ann Hartley
4.0 out of 5 stars xmas present
I bought this for a friend as she was indeed in need of some inspiration. She seemed to like it. I haven't read it so I can't say any more.
Published 8 months ago by su
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