Review: Practical Landscape Painting: Materials, Techniques & Projects by David Hollis

Practical Landscape Painting

Publisher: Ivy Press
Author: David Hollis
Released: April 5th 2018
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 Kitties

I received a copy of Practical Landscape Painting through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Practical Landscape Painting is a concise guide for beginners looking to get started in the wonderful world of watercolor landscapes. This book is less than fifty pages, so do believe me when I say that it is extremely succinct. There’s no space or time for wasted words here, and the author does a wonderful job of getting straight to the point and teaching us what we must know before beginning.

Some may say that a short guide like this is frustrating, but I rather enjoyed the brevity of it. It made things significantly less intimidating, and without huge blocks of words I felt like I was better able to focus on the end goal of the book; learning to create landscape paintings.

This guide covers everything from a brief history, to supplies, paper quality, and beyond. There are guides included on washes (this was my favorite chapter, personally – it was the most informative set of instructions I’ve yet seen for them), skies, tonal ranges, texture/pattern, color/composition, foliage, perspective/shadow, and then a small collection of the artist’s works.

It’s shocking how much they were able to get through in such a short period of time, and yet it never once felt rushed while I was reading it. I greatly enjoyed this read, and look forward to testing out some of the given advice and techniques.


About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try any artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. My other major passion is reading. My TBR pile is larger than I'll ever be able to read, and yet I can't resist adding to it on a nearly daily basis. I love to read science fiction & fantasy, graphic novels, and pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I have a couple of blogs, as you can see. One is primarily my photography, while the other are my book reviews. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!
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