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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (14 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844484912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844484911
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 0.8 x 28.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whether to publish a series of books on painting in specific places has been the subject of often quite anguished discussions over the years. On the one hand, people go on holiday and the idea of a guide to where to look, what to paint and what materials to take looks like the proverbial no-brainer. On the other hand, books on painting on holiday sell like stale cakes. So it's quite amusing to find that the Ready to Paint series has developed a branch that takes this idea one step further, with its pre-printed tracings of classic subjects in a variety of cities. But then again, with all that done for you, do you really need to spring for the air ticket as well? The real purpose here, it seems to me, is that you can paint the Grand Canal at sunset in the comfort of your own living room, and get make a decent fist of it at the same time. I mean, what's not to like? (That was a rhetorical question, please don't write in.)-Artbookreview.net As ever in the Ready to Paint series there are tracings of the artworks used in the book so that the student can concentrate on the techniques used. This is useful for those people who worry about getting the drawings right before even picking up a paintbrush - this way they can concentrate on the painting part and have fun. That's what arts about for many of us isn't it? I'm a huge fan of Joe's style - one of the first books I bought when I began painting was one of his on water and he has a dramatic, realistic and colour filled style that I love. In this book he recreates some fabulous scenes from Venice from beautiful vivid blue covered Gondolas to a typical Venetian skyline in soft tones of oranges and violets with gentle muted buildings in the distance and a mass of figures busily walking by the waterside, and some lovely water and building focussed paintings of the Grand Canal. A scene from the heart of Venice and the beautiful Rialto bridge finish the demo paintings. The scenes in this book appear fairly complex but with the initial drawings done for you and ready to trace and Joe's easy to follow instructions you can soon be painting realistic skies, glorious architecture and have fun capturing the stunning light that epitomises Venice. This fabulous book is one for the people who, like me - love their watercolours to be full of light and vivid dramatic colours.-JeannieZelos.com --JeannieZelos.com

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Joe Francis Dowden gave up building-site labouring at the age of twenty-three to become a professional watercolour painter and part-time window cleaner. Working as a window cleaner gives Joe the freedom to scout out beautiful views amongst the lowland woods and streams of the Weald of Southern England. Joe loves painting water and marine subjects and his paintings are full of texture and detail. He has sold out at numerous one-man shows and exhibited throughout Britain. His work is in collections in the USA, Australia and the Far East. When not painting or cleaning windows, Joe enjoys restoring classic motorcycles and working as a volunteer on steam railways.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Raj P on 25 Jan 2011
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I noticed this book was due to be published in the New Year and have waiting to get a copy. I have just obtained it and completed one of the projects. The book is well produced- 5 full size tracings (A3) and careful step by step instructions take the novice through all the steps necessary to produce a passable finished work. The 5 views are well composed - although a couple are extremely detailed which may make transfer difficult. There is a full size reproduction of each of the finished pictures across 2 pages for reference as well as upto 47 small photos showing the process of getting there with clear commentary. I am particularly impressed by the careful guide on colour mixing at every stage. Joe Dowden has chosen particularly dramatic colour palettes on some of the scenes but is still able to generate works that do not appear garish. This book has been just the inspiration I needed to get me painting again and I would recommend the work to anyone with a basic grasp of watercolour method.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Norm02 on 12 Mar 2011
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This new book by Joe F. Dowden is very intricate, I have only looked through it at this stage, some of the tracings are very fussy, and in great detail, I think I need a stiff drink before I tackle this book. I don't think it's for a beginner, I have only been painting for 2 years and my drawing is rubbish, that is why tracing books are so good, but this one is definitely too hard for me. I will need more experience before I tackle it. It is a shame that it was not a "LOOK THROUGH" book, if I had chance to look through it I would have put off buying it for at least another year.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Platt TOP 50 REVIEWER on 10 Feb 2011
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This is part of the Ready to Paint series for beginners who do not have the confidence to draw. The re-usable tracings in this book are very detailed and extra care will be needed to transfer them. The colours used are very strong and I often think the 'atmosphere' of venice is better portrayed with less vibrant colouring. The 5 scenes are a good selection of topics and there are 6 tracings. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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By Fengirl on 5 Jun 2014
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VERY difficult for a novice painter (which I am) but the paintings look so easy when you look through the book. I attempted 'the Rialto Bridge' with a marked lack of success, had a go at 'the Gondolier' but had to cheat to turn out something that was not a complete waste of paint and paper. My advice for what it's worth - take a bit of time to work up to these, I'm sure that it will be worth it. I'll let you know :-)
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By LesS on 21 Nov 2013
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I chose this book to read because like myself, he is self taught, a natural ability that he seems to enjoy doing and writing about it. I do watch him on TV. A
great artist with a great father evidently
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By Mrs. A. P. East on 14 July 2013
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These are complicated images but well worth the effort effort to complete.You learn a lot as you go along following the instructions, well worth the money.
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This is great. Such helpful advice and great photos so you know exactly what to do! I have several of Joe Dowden's books now and they are really really good
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