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think before you paint
on 7 May 2003
This is one of a few rare watercolour books that don't just teach brush and water techniques but instead emphasise the need to understand the structure and design of your work before you even start. Most books mention composition briefly, and perhaps skim over tonal value sketching, but this book completely emphasises these and other design elements that make the difference between a successful and a failed painting.
If I have one gripe about this book it is that Power's work is rarely true watercolour - it is almost always mixed media, with charcoal, crayon, and sometimes even collage. In particular he readily admits the use of visible charcoal lines to create the image, especially in the lower parts where he often leaves the paper white.
Nevertheless, this is invaluable advice to set you thinking about what the creative process consists of. An outstanding book.