When I took up art again - after many moons learning how to do other things - I wanted to develop my skills as a watercolour artist. I loved watercolours and wanted to be able to be able to reproduce the same results - ideally looking like Turner!
As a result, I went on workshops with watercolour artists and bought a lot of books. A lot of books. In fact my bookshelves are weighed down with books about watercolour.
Despite the fact that I susbsequently decided that I love drawing best and opted to develop most of my art in dry media I still remember which books influenced me the most and which ones I thought were the best.
I'm also thinking about working more in mixed media and incorporating watercolour into my work and am back reviewing my watercolour books again.
As ever when I'm doing research I always think about how best to make this accessible to other people - and then I create a website of resource links!
Working out which are the best books about watercolour painting
As ever I'm a huge believer in the wisdom of crowds. I've developed a couple of listings of books previously based on book reviews and input from art bloggers and people who read this blog. You can see them here:
Here's what I'm aiming to do - with your help:
- develop a listing of 'The Best Books' of instruction in watercolour painting
- develop a listing of 'The Best Books' about watercolour artists - past and present
Now 'popular' is not always the same as 'best', so in order to construct a listing of the top books (top 10 or top 20?) I'm going take the results of recommendations, reviews and the vote on popularity and from that construct the list of the best book and incorporate that into an information site.
The best watercolour art instruction books
This is how I'd like to 'surface' YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS to create a list for a Making A Mark Poll next month. It looks a bit complicated but it's actually quite simple.
What happens then is I will:
- YOU IDENTIFY your own personal top watercolour art instruction books - the ones you'd be happy to recommend to other people. (Identify as many or as few as you like; come back later with more recommendations if you like)
- YOU RANK each of the books in order of preference. Identify which is your personal #1 etc, then #2 etc
- YOU SCORE each book out of 10 - consistent with your rankings (eg #1 = 9 points; #2 = 8 points)
- YOU COMMENT on this blog with your recommendations and points awarded
- YOU WRITE (optional) about what you've concluded on your blog - explaining in more detail the reasons behind your scoring and why each book is good
- YOU LEAVE A LINK asa comment on this blog post if you've written a review of the books you recommend (this might be an old review which is still relevant today)
- construct a spreadsheet to record the book and the points awarded and work out which ones make it into the top 10.
- use your comments to highlight the reasons why the top books are recommended
- try and work out which are the most popular authors in terms of number of mentions
- work out which books to include in the Making A Mark opinion poll for April
So over to you - tell me which are the best books about watercolour painting - and why.
[Note: This blog post is going to be up all week as I am now going to go and submerge myself in local government strategies, policies and planning documents relating to where I live - we've got Hearings coming up in April and my submission needs to be in next Monday!]