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Making Color Sing, 25th Anniversary Edition [Paperback]

Jeanne Dobie
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7 Mar 2011
Through clear, illuminating exercises, this brilliant book stimulates new ways to think about colour, generating responses that unlock personal creativity and allowing artists to express themselves with paint as never before. Colour is one of the never-ending mysteries of painting; there is always more to discover and explore. In thirty-one practical and stimulating lessons, author Jeanne Dobie offers insights into ways to use both colour and composition to make paintings come alive.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; 25th anniversary ed edition (7 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823031152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823031153
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeanne Dobie was educated at the Philadelphia Museum School of Art (now the Philadelphia College of Art) and she served on the faculty of Moore College or Art, Philadelphia, until 1981. Known for her fresh approach to colour and design, she has conducted workshops throughout the United States and in Europe. She is listed in Who's Who in American Art and is an elected member of both the American Watercolor Society (AWS) and the National Watercolor Society (NWS). Her work is represented in many collections, including the collection of the Frye Museum in Seattle and the private collection of Henri Marceau, former director of the Philadelphia Museum or Art. She has served as juror for national exhibitions, including the American Watercolor Society.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful book on (water)colour 17 Oct 2013
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Making Color Sing is one of the better books that talks about colours.

The main medium used in the book is watercolour, although it's strangely not mentioned in the title or the book description.

The 31 lessons in the book are quite comprehensive with practical tips on usage, and also explains the thought process behind using colours.

They cover picking and mixing colours, controlling greens, understanding warm and cool, using colour for shape composition, values, creating transitions, and much more. There's a sizeable amount of content devoted to glazing, and the differences compared to mixing. There are occasionally exercises.

There's quite a bit of text to go through, but it's a really insightful read. The author Jeanne Dobie is clearly very knowledgable about pigments and can explain effortlessly on how and why mixed colours appear as they do, and the underlying pigments that control colour shifts. One of the highlights of the book is about using colour as a design element, such as picking out shapes and using them as composition elements.

Overall, it's a great watercolour instructional book that can be read again and again because there are lots of useful information. It will give you the knowledge and all you have to do is go paint and experiment.

Recommended to beginners to advanced watercolour artists.

(Check out more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn how the pigments works! 12 Jan 2014
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A fantastic book for the experienced watercolorist, not for beginners (to theoretical)!
You have to a bit of a watercolor nerd to read this type of book, which is all about color and how they react with each other.
You get lot of tips and explainations, and I found my self mumblin "Aha!" during my reading and thus I've painted watercolors since 1989, I find a lot of things in this book that I haven't find anywhere else. I'll happily recommend it to you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful images 20 Dec 2012
By Dotty
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This an exellent book for beginners. It contains some beautiful images and very precise and interesting exercises to follow to work more confidently with colour. I would recommend it to any aspiring watercolourist
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great content 6 Feb 2014
By Pacisse
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Must admit I would never have bought this book if it hadn't been for the tremendous reviews others had given it. I'm very glad I did. I know, shouldn't judge a book by its cover! The style of the pictures I'm afraid, just isn't my scene, but the content is really worth reading- and reading again - and maybe, again....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book 28 Jan 2014
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Very good book, explains use of different paint colours and what colours to place next to each other. Very informative.
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