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Format: Hardcover
Special Attributes: 1st Edition Subject: Art, Photography
Publication Year: 1976 Language: English

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Materials & Tools, Basic techniques, Framing, Selling Principles of Design, Landscapes, Portraits & Figures

by Edgar A. Whitney


ISBN: 0823008517

Publisher: Watson – Guptill Publications/New York                       
Publication Date: 1976
Binding: Hardcover 
Book Condition: Nearest to Mint

Dust Jacket Condition: Excellent   minor repaired tears & price clipped

Edition: First Edition:Third  Printing  stated    Revised, Enlarged Edition


WHY do ebayers buy from US?  Because you KNOW what you're getting. My close up photos are of the actual item!!

Clean and unmarked within & without. A beautiful copy of a classic Art book from the 1976. The pictorial dustjacket cover is very nice and bright(my photos are of the actual copy I'm selling). This over 30 year old hard cover book is in outstanding condition with NO pages missing; no tears or dogears etc...  Wonderfully well-preserved! Very, very, rare and hard-to-find title!

Published simultaneously by Watson - Guptill, New York/Pitman, London in 1976 this is a FIRST EDITION:THIRD PRINTING(stated)  bright blue linen-like boards hardcover. Book Condition: is Nearest to Mint.  This oversized hardcover comes with a bright glossy pictorial dustjacket that has a few tiny repaired closed tears. Beige coloured endpapers are unblemished. It’s been in a private collection for 30+ years.  Blue cloth covered boards with strong gold lettering to the front panel and spine. The dust jacket has not been price clipped. There’s also a  Index  and a Bibliography

There’s 176 pages and 100 pictures in black and white & 37 Full color plates. Spotlessly Clean, tight exterior. Clean pure white cloth hardcover. Dust jacket has been neatly reinforced and repaired with clear tape. It is price clipped and presents really well.

SYNOPSIS ..................

Comprehensive, popular guide by renowned artist and teacher presents a full course of watercolor painting, from basics to creating landscapes; painting portraits and figures; drawing; following design principles; and matting, framing, and selling completed works. Two full-color sections show how to create 7 of the author's watercolors. 37 color illustrations, over 100 black-and-white illustrations.

Complete Guide to Watercolor Painting by Edgar A. Whitney is not a coffee table book, not "eye candy;" but the quick readability of the black and white ...

It is a terrific instructional book. This fabulous title is a superb guide for self-instruction, useful for many years of painting. Guide to matting, handling watercolor paints, technique improvement.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR ...........



REVIEWS ........

Fundamentals of graphic design as applied to watercolor ………… I love this book, and recommend it to serious students of painting, despite the unfortunate and rather bogus title.

A better, though more cumbersome title, might have been "Introducing the Fundamentals of Graphic Design as Applied to Watercolor Painting."

It can teach you how to design your paintings thoughtfully and well. The author understood the fundamentals of design, and explained them clearly and logically. Many of his own paintings are included as instructional examples. I found them very helpful, although the black and white reproductions are not always easy to "read".

Some people like to paint intuitively and emotionally with no conscious consideration of design. If this is your preference, and you have no wish to consider other approaches, this is not the book for you. This is also not the best book for someone looking for in-depth lessons in color theory. There is some discussion of the general working methods and materials of traditional watercolor painting, but that alone would not make me recommend the book. Much of this information can be found in the many introductory watercolor books on the market today. These often have great visual appeal, with lush color reproductions, and lots of sparkling white space. But looks can be deceiving. While this rather plain-looking book will not win a beauty contest, get to know it well and you will find that it has hidden charms.

What makes this book so valuable to me is its emphasis on drawing and composition as the foundation of painting. If you share the author's faith in this foundation, but have not been able to master these subjects through your own efforts, this book can be an excellent (though not complete) guide.

THIS IS IT !!  …….. Complete Guide to Watercolor Painting by Edgar A. Whitney is not a coffee table book, not "eye candy;" but the quick readability of the black and white reproductions of Whitney's watercolors shows that he knows what he's talking about when it comes to design and the importance of a good value pattern. This is a book for the serious student of watercolor painting who is willing to take instruction and work at his/her craft, and it is, in fact, an excellent instruction manual for any painter, as the design principles are universal.

After studying dozens of art books over the years and taking university art classes and workshops from nationally known artists, this book is what finally helped me "get it" when it came to putting together an effective watercolor painting. The black and white reproductions do not detract from the soundness of the instruction. It may be helpful to have other books on color theory, various techniques, etc., but these are only peripherals to the sound design basics taught in this book.

If you want a book that is similar to this older model in its instruction on design but with all pictures in color, Tony Couch's more recent Keys to Successful Painting, might suit you well. But note that Tony Couch, along with a long list of other well-known watercolorists, were disciples of Edgar A. Whitney.


Complete Guide to Watercolor Painting………..  Many great watercolorists of our day are proud to mention that they were students of Edgar A. Whitney. His "Principles of design" and "Elements of design" constantly show up in modern day watercolor technique books.

This book is a must for those of us who love watercolor. The graphics are, of course, dated, but that's a part of the charm of owning a book authored by one of the true masters of the media.

It's a good read, front to back, but you'll also find yourself returning to it again and again in your workshop or studio for reference.

Mr. Whitney has the reputation, not only of being a genius but also being a bit of a rascal in his workshops, pulling no punches in his critiques and also reveling in joking with his students. I was born too late to experience his workshops, but I treasure this volume of his words and wisdom

Pics are of ACTUAL copy I'm selling & forms part of my description

****   C o l l e c t i b l e,  Valuable   UNread  copy   ****

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