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Watercolor Discoveries (Splash) [Hardcover]

Rachel Wolf
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24 Sep 2004 1581804423 978-1581804423
There's nothing more inspiring than a glimpse into the artistic lives of the best contemporary watercolour painters. With page after page of gorgeous artwork covering every conceivable subject, Splash 8: Watercolor Discoveries: Showcases nearly 140 paintings by about 100 top artists. Gives readers advice with every piece of artwork - these "discoveries" cover both practical and creative breakthroughs made by the featured artists; Includes popular mixed-media work, as well as translucent watercolour; Whether they're art lovers or full-fledged painters, readers won't want to miss the latest installment in this popular series.

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (24 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581804423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581804423
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.8 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,392,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rachel Rubin Wolf has edited every book in the Splash series, as well as scores of other North Light books

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Working on a grand scale in watercolor has allowed me to take a medium that is sometimes considered fussy and weak and show it capable of making a bold statement. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes a splash...yet again 22 Jan 2005
By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The story continues with this latest edition of 140 works. Since the first book in 1991 the Splash series has featured some glorious watercolor paintings. The reason I love these books is the enormous variation in style, in this book it can vary from the almost photographic painting of trees and a house by Steven Kozar (page eighty-nine) to the very loose but still very controlled work of Dan Burt and his flamboyant painting of a street scene in Guanajuato, Mexico (page eighteen).

I have the eight books and they are such a treat to browse through but I think it worth mentioning that they are not how-to-do books. Each artist though, does contribute some thoughts on how they created their work and in a way this can be more valuable than a learn-to-paint book because with so many styles on display every artist has a different point to make about their creativity.

The presentation follows the style set in the first book, each spread has two paintings, and frequently one is whole page with the artist's comments and another painting on the opposite page. The screen is 175dpi so the reproduction is good on a gloss paper, though I prefered the matt stock used in book four, it made the images sparkle a bit more.

Amazon has over twelve hundred books listed under 'watercolor painting' so there is plenty of choice but I think the Splash series has a special place for presenting the best contemporary American watercolor work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very colourful book. 15 Mar 2013
By carol a
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I would recommend this book to anyone - particularly someone who paints.
I have borrowed this book from the library way back and recently. The Splash books are worth keeping.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Discoveries: a loose brief 29 Dec 2012
By Cee Jay
Format:Hardcover
I love the Splash series, but they're hard to come by in the UK. Santa brought me the whole set (!) for Xmas, what a nice man.

This one, number 8, is subtitled "discoveries", which is quite a vague & broad brief for the submitters to work to (I guess a lot of artists send in whatever they've got, rather than work to a brief: one was a 'discovery' of a tomato. It's not exactly a rarity, a tomato).

This edition's got animals (more cows), buildings, some windows, people, landscapes, seascapes, flowers, musicians, still life, a couple of abstracts, and a very detailed painting of a man's very hair back! The painter spent 10 hours painting every hair ~ attention to detail, but why? It's not an attractive subject.

I loved:

- Esther Melton's 'Pears & Silver Gravy Boat'
- Soon Y Warren's 'Green Vase'
- Dana Brown's 'Three Air Conditioners'

I love strong dramatic lighting, and am easily impressed by skilful renditions of glassware & reflections: there weren't any in this edition.

Some works weren't up to the high standard of others, and were poorly painted, a boring subject, or just dreary. Even the poor paintings serve a purpose though: they make me think that maybe one day my work could squeeze its way into a future Splash book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes a splash...yet again 22 Jan 2005
By Robin Benson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The story continues with this latest edition of 140 works. Since the first book in 1991 the Splash series has featured some glorious watercolor paintings. The reason I love these books is the enormous variation in style. In this book it can vary from the almost photographic painting of trees and a house by Steven Kozar (page eighty-nine) to the very loose but still very controlled work of Dan Burt and his flamboyant painting of a street scene in Guanajuato, Mexico (page eighteen).

I have the eight books and they are such a treat to browse through but I think it worth mentioning that they are not how-to-do books. Each artist though, does contribute some thoughts on how they created their work and in a way this can be more valuable than a learn-to-paint book because with so many styles on display every artist has a different point to make about their creativity.

The presentation follows the style set in the first book, each spread has two paintings, and frequently one is whole page with the artist's comments and another painting on the opposite page. The screen is 175dpi so the reproduction is good on a gloss paper, though I prefered the matt stock used in book four, it made the images sparkle a bit more.

Amazon has over twelve hundred books listed under 'watercolor painting' so there is plenty of choice but I think the Splash series has a special place for presenting the best contemporary American watercolor work.

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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very American 3 Jan 2007
By Tessa Eide - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
So many almost photographic pictures of shiny objects,fruits, flowers and too few real "Discoveries" I look forward to each new "Splash",but this one seemed just more of the same.The pictures using fluid inks and a looser style are fun, but please thinks of us non-Americans when you use brand names of materials like "Yupo"plastic paper
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice waterfcolor book 12 April 2014
By Michael L. Ash - Published on Amazon.com
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I was very pleased with this book. The artwork selected for publication was outstanding. The accompanying artist comments/tips were both entertaining and helpful. I would highly recommend this book to all watercolor artists.
5.0 out of 5 stars Food for the Soul 22 Oct 2013
By JoyceInTallahassee - Published on Amazon.com
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I must say, the Splash watercolor volumes never fail to amaze...and this one is most certainly no exception. I drink up the inspiration and opportunities to grow, from the descriptions of each artist's experience; and the artwork is such a joy. With each volume I take away valuable lessons that I apply to my own work and there is no question but that the sophistication and skill level in my drawings and watercolors reflect those lessons. These books are so beautifully written and edited that they are a pleasure to read. I have most of the volumes and am going back to fill in those volumes that are not yet in my collection. You won't be sorry you purchased this one. Enjoy!
5.0 out of 5 stars good, fast service 4 Jun 2013
By Martha S. - Published on Amazon.com
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Book is great. I knew what I was ordering, so was not surprised that I liked it once it came.
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