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5.0 out of 5 stars mastery of subtlety, 23 Sept. 2009
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This review is from: Painting Landscapes in Watercolour: A Famous Watercolourist Shows How to Produce Oustanding Paintings (Paperback)
I'm not a beginner. On the other hand, I'm too lazy to be very good. But I find this book highly inspiring, partly because the paintings seem far better than in any of Hilder's other books (I bought it more than 20 years ago, so I'm relying on memory. The only picture that's a bit clunky is the paddle steamer, but then that's not Hilder's forte - Turner was possibly the world's worst portraitist, so everyone has their strengths and weaknesses). The main thing I like about Hilder is the lesson in colour control that he gives, and if you don't like his subtlety, you can push the boat out by yourself later, whereas I don't think you could go in the opposite direction if you had a teacher with less refinement (actually, the picture on the front cover is not the best in the book). I gave my first copy to my aunt last year because she paints more than I do, and I've now bought another copy.
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