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Helen Van Wyk's Favorite Color Recipes [Paperback]

Helen Van Wyk
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1 Mar 2001
Helen Van Wyk may well be considered the most popular oil painting instructor in recent times, and is best known for her long-running PBS series "Welcome to My Studio." Her unparalleled instructional books -- brimming with her insightful techniques and full-color images of her work -- continue to teach and inspire artists of all skill levels.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; New edition edition (1 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0929552172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929552170
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 20.2 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,031,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 10 July 2013
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It is a lovely book looking forward to using it love all her books and I will buy more of them
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5.0 out of 5 stars great tips on mixing colors 28 July 2012
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This book contains useful tips on what colors to mix to achieve a desired result in your paintings and the author also gives hints on what brush to use for a certain effect or how to carry out a stroke. Great comments from a professional who has lots of experience, someone who has done it and seen it all before. Glad I can use this book as a reference from now on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 6 Jun 2009
This book is not only useful with practical infornation, it is also easy to read. best of all, full of inspirational ideas!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helen was the best teacher on public tv 19 April 2001
By Nina Stahlberg - Published on
I was fortunate enough to have studied with Helen at her studio in Rockport MA. She was so giving of her talent, and her teaching is so down to earth and easy to understand. I have all of her books, and refer to them often. She solves just about any problem you may have in painting. How sad that we have lost her, but how great to have her expertise in her books. This book is an excellent reference book as well as a teaching tool. You cannot go wrong buying any of her books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars HIGHLY recommended by this professional artist 15 Oct 2006
By T. Thompson - Published on
Because I knew that Helen Van Wyk was a "TV painter" I was skeptical, but I discovered that Helen was light years past any of the painters I ever saw on TV. Her talent was outstanding and her teaching is clear, sensible, and utterly practical for painters at any level from absolute beginner on up. I have a degree in fine art; I make a living painting custom murals, and I'm still learning all kinds of useful things from Helen. My work has definitely improved as a result of applying just a fraction--so far--of the information here. It's a shame this wasn't among our textbooks in college; it could've saved me so much time and struggle. Oh, and money. This book will more than pay for itself in savings on paint and supplies.

Why only four stars out of five? Because this book isn't complete on its own. I'm online today to buy "Color Mixing the Van Wyk Way", which I recently borrowed from a friend and now must own. That one goes into more depth with the entire process of building a painting--some stuff I learned in art school, and a lot that unfortunately I did not, because modern painting instruction is sorely lacking in real foundations. Van Wyk can help you fill the gaps if you've been painting a long time, or start you out right if you're new at this.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure! 3 Nov 2001
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If you are going to buy one book about color mixing in painting, this is the one for you. She explains the best colors to use and gives helpful hints as to what mistakes not to make. She does so in a straight forward understandable way. I want to buy more of her books!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 18 April 2001
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I have all of Helen Van Wyk's books (3) and I think they are all excellent examples of how to paint and how to use oil color effectively. I don't know that this particular book is any better than the others, as I use them in tandum. They have good ideas and many examples of how to apply paint that are very helpful. Check them all out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 16 Aug 2007
By T. Mcknight - Published on
Helen is a great teacher. I have taken art classes and learned 1/10th of what I learned by reading her book. I am colorblind and people argue with me about it because of my ability to use the right colors. I only wish she was still here so she could produce even more information etc.
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