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Nita Leland's Watercolor & Watermedia Book List

Agan, Cindy. Painting Watercolors That Sparkle With Life North Light, 2004. Working with photos, Agan uses pre-mixed colors to paint striking images of dogs and cats, flowers and children's portraits. Stresses emotional involvement and expression, motivation.

Albert, Greg. Basic Watercolor Techniques. North Light, 1991. Good basic book on materials and techniques.

Anderson, Catherine.Basic Watercolor Answer Book. North Light, 1999. Some handy techniques in watercolor.

Andrews, Don. Interpreting the Figure in Watercolor. Watson-Guptill, 1988. Free technique, wonderful color.

Arthur, John. Realist Drawings & Watercolors. New York Graphics Society, 1980. 50 contemporary artists--an outstanding collection.

Batt, Miles. Complete Guide to Creative Watercolor. Creative Art, 1988. Not the best organized book, but packed with good information.

Bays, Jill. The Watercolourist's Garden. David & Charles, 1993. A beautiful little book for flower-garden painters.

Beam, Mary. Celebrate Your Creative Self. North Light, 2001. More than 25 exercises to unleash the artist within.

Becker, David. How to Sketch With Watercolor North Light, 2003. Learn to get the idea down quickly.

Becker, David. Watercolor Composition Made Easy. North Light, 1999. Composition ideas that work in all media.

Beckwith, M. & Lorie Liebrock. Creative Watercolor: Step-By-Step Guide & Showcase. Rockport, 1995. Excellent examples of experimental watermedia paintings with some techniques demos.

Betts, Edward. Master Class in Watermedia. Watson-Guptill, 1993. This is a classic and one of my favorites. Includes contemporary design in several media.

Betts, Judi. Painting: A Quest Toward Xtraordinary. Aquarelle, 1999. Another clever, creative book.

Betts, Judi. Watercolor: Let's Think About It. Aquarelle, 1984. Clever, creative book.

Blockley, John. Getting Started in Watercolor. North Light, 1987. Free-flowing landscapes in watercolor & ink.

Blockley, John. Watercolor Interpretations. North Light, 1985. A wonderful book, good basic techniques and more.

Bourdet, Susan. Painting the Allure of Nature. North Light, 2001. Sharp-focus watercolor with songbirds and flowers.

Brandt, Rex. Watercolor Techniques & Methods. Van Nostrand Rinehold, 1977. The twenty basic lessons adapted from the Winning Ways of Watercolor for easy student and studio use.

Brett, Bernard. A History of Watercolor. Excalibur, 1984. From prehistoric cave paintings to the Abstract Expressionists. Fascinating history of my favorite medium. (Can't you tell?)

Brommer, Gerald. Emotional Content: How to Create Paintings That Communicate. Internatinal Artist, 2003. The key question is "What do you feel?" Brommer's books are always filled with useful tips and techniques.

Brommer, Gerald. Understanding Transparent Watercolor. Davis, 1993. All of Brommer's books are excellent and this is no exception. Great examples.

Brommer, Gerald. Watercolor & Collage Workshop. Watson-Guptill, 1986. Primarily watercolor and rice-paper collage techniques--excellent book.

Brooks, Leonard. The Many Ways of Water and Color: Watercolor, Acrylic, Casein, Gouache, Inks, Mixed Techniques. North Light, 1977. An early mixed-media book that I've always enjoyed.

Brotherton, Naomi. Variations in Watercolor. North Light, 1981. Simple, direct watercolor techniques--well done.

Brouillette, Al. The Evolving Picture. Watson-Guptill, 1987. Watercolor techniques with acrylics, beautiful work.

Bulgin, Sally, ed. The Artist's Problem Solver.. North Light, 2001. Practical solutions from ten professional artists for painting in watercolors, oils, pastels and acrylics.

Campbell, Judith. Watercolor Painting on the Trail: A Hiking Artist's Handbook. Appalachian Mtn, 1993. Equipment, techniques, helpful for plein air (outdoor) painters.

Carbonetti, Jeanne. The Tao of Watercolor: A Revolutionary Approach to the Practice of Painting. Watson-Guptill, 1998. Wet-in-wet techniques with a little philosophy on the side.

Carr, Betty. Seeing the Light: An Artist's Guide. North Light, 2003. Shows you how to create depth, form and atmospheric light in watercolor and oil paints.

Chuan, Chieh Tzu YUan Hua. Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting: 1679-1701: A Facsimile of the 1887-1888 Shanghai Edition. Princeton, 1978. The classic text in Oriental brush painting, history and technique.

Clark, Timothy. Focus on Watercolor. Watson-Guptill, 1987. Clark's personal approach to watercolor.

Cobb, Virginia. Discovering the Inner Eye: Experiments in Water Media. Watson-Guptill, 1988. This one is a favorite, but hard to find. Especially good in abstract design.

Cooper, Carol. Watercolor: No Experience Required. North Light, 2004. An easy guide to getting started in watercolor. This is a good basic book that doesn't confuse beginners with fancy techniques and tricks.

Cooper, Mario. Painting With Watercolor Watson-Guptill, 1971. Very simple, direct techniques in brush handling.

Cooper, Mario. Painting Flowers in Watercolor Watson-Guptill, 1972. Brush-handling techniques are very easy to learn with this book.

Cooper, Mario. Watercolor by Design. Watson-Guptill, 1988. Lots of good information, demos.

Cossman, Howard. Drawing and Painting Cats In Pencil, Ink, Markers and Watercolor. Watson-Guptill, 1984. Studies of cats in different media.

Couch, Tony. Watercolor: You Can Do It. North Light, 1996. Good basic book. Helpful demos in landscape painting.

Crespo, Michael. Experiments in Watercolor: Twenty Ways to Learn by Doing. Watson-Guptill, 1988. Some interesting experimental techniques.

Crespo, Michael. Watercolor Class: An Innovative Course in Transparent Watercolor. Watson-Guptill, 1994. Organized systematic approach to watercolor at several skill levels.

Crook & Learner. Impact of Modern Paints. Watson-Guptill, 2000. How paint chemistry and the advent of acrylics influenced 20th century painters.

Dewey, David. The Watercolor Book: Materials & Techniques for Today's Artist. Watson-Guptill, 1995. A good reference--comprehensive.

Dews, Pat. Creative Composition and Design. North Light, 2003. Packed with ideas and instruction.

Dews, Pat. Creative Discoveries in Watermedia. North Light, 1998. Very exciting experimental techniques with detailed how-to-do-it instruction.

Dobie, Jeanne. Making Color Sing. Watson-Guptill, 1986. A fine book, especially good on color mixing.

Doherty, Sara M., ed. Painting Color (Best of Watercolor). Rockport, 1997. Nice picture book for gaining inspiration.

Doherty, Sara M., ed. Painting Light & Shadow (Best of Watercolor). Rockport, 1997. More examples of good watercolors.

Doherty, M. Stephen. Dynamic Still Lifes in Watercolor: Sondra Freckleton. Watson-Guptill, 1983. Emphasis on Freckleton's background and techniques--beautiful examples.

Donovan, Liz. Painting Sunlit Still Lifes in Watercolor. North Light, 1997. Beautiful still-life book.

Draper, J. Everett. People Painting Scrapbook. North Light, 1988. More on populating your paintings with people.

Draper, Everett. Putting People in Your Paintings. North Light, 1985. General reference to using figures.

Draughon, Stefan. A Passion for Watercolor. Watson-Guptill, 2000. A very appealing book for beginning watercolor painters and others who want to be inspired.

Dunn, Charles. Conversations in Paint. A useful notebook of fundamentals for painters.

Eaglemoss Books. North Ligiht, 2003. 22 projects, all landscape subjects with detailed demos. Many fine examples on every page.

Earnshaw, Adele. Painting the Things You Love in Watercolor. North Light, 2002. Tips & techniques for still life.

Ellis, Ray and Walter Cronkite. North by Northeast. Search ABEbooks Oxmoor, 1986. Collection of watercolors of the northern coast of the US by Ray Ellis with commentary by Cronkite.

Ellis, Ray and Walter Cronkite. South by Southeast. Oxmoor, 1983. Collection of watercolors of the southern coast of the US by Ray Ellis with commentary by Cronkite.

Ellis, Ray and Walter Cronkite. . Oxmoor, 1990. Collection of watercolors of the West coast from Washington to California by Ray Ellis with commentary by Cronkite.

Engle, Nita. How to Make a Watercolor Paint Itself: Experimental Techniques for Achieving Realistic Effects. Watson-Guptill, 1999. Nita Engle is a modern master. She describes her techniques in detail.

Fellows, Miranda. 100 Keys to Great Watercolor Painting. North Light, 1994. Handy pocket guide to techniques.

Ferry, David. Painting Without a Brush. Wellfleet, 1991. Try some unusual techniques.

George, Ethel Todd. Painting Flowers With Watercolor. North Light, 1980. A very early book with simple techniques and useful information on flowers.

Goldsmith, Lawrence. Watercolor Bold & Free: 64 Experimental Ideas and Techniques in Watercolor. Watson-Guptill, 2000. A long-time favorite of mine. Ideas for freeing up watercolors.

Gottsegen, Mark David. The Painter's Handbook: Revised and Expanded. Watson-Guptill, 2006.

Green, Jean Drysdale. ArtEffects. Watson-Guptill, 1993. Textures and illusions, lots of creative ideas.

Greene, Gary. Painting With Water-soluble Colored Pencils. North Light, 2002. Demos and illustrations of techniques.

Guptill, Arthur. Color in Sketching & Rendering. Reinhold, 1949. A nifty old guide for architects.

Hamm, Jack. First Lessons in Drawing and Painting. Perigree, 1988. A complete and easy guide.

Harrison, Hazel. Encyclopedia of Watercolor Techniques. Penguin, 1999. Comprehensive reference--English-style.

Harrison, Hazel. Watercolor School. Reader's Digest, 1993. A step-by-step guide for painting watercolors--English-style.

Hill, Tom. Color for the Watercolor Painter. Watson-Guptill, 1975. Some good exercises on color.

Hill, Tom. Painting Watercolors on Location. North Light, 1996. Lots of good tips on equipment for outdoor painting.

Hill, Tom. The Watercolorist's Complete Guide to Color. North Light, 1998. Hill's personal approach to color.

Holden, John. Watercolors. Nice little teach-yourself book.

Holman, Karlyn. Searching for the Artist Within Bayfield, 2002. An inspirational and visual guide for your journey through watercolor.

Hoopes, Donelson. American Watercolor Painting. Watson-Guptill, 1977. From the early 19th century to mid-1970s.

Horgan, Paul. A Writer's Eye: Field Notes & Watercolors. Abrams, 1988. Beautiful sketchbook by a traveling writer.

Howard, Rob. Gouache for Illustration. Watson-Guptill, 1993. The best book on gouache, but hard to find and apparently going out of print. Grab it if you can find it.

Howard, Rob. The Illustrator's Bible: The Complete Sourcebook of Tips, Tricks, and Time-Saving Techniques in Oil, Alkyd, Acrylic, Gouache, Casein, Watercolor, Dyes, Inks, Airbrush, Scratchboard, Pastel, Colored Pencil, and Mixed Media. Watson-Guptill, 1992. Great studio handbook, especially for commercial art techniques.

Howe, Patrick. Dramatic Light: Paint Eye-Catching Art in Watercolor and Oil. North Light, 2006. Patrick Howe makes painting light doable for most painters in watercolor and oil

HRH Prince of Wales. Search ABEbooks Watercolours. Little Brown, 1991. Charming English landscapes painted by the Prince of Wales.

Huntly, Moira. Imaginative Still Life. Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1983. Demos of different media and techniques.

Huntly, Moira. Painting in Mixed Media. North Light, 1989. Ideas and demos in different media and subjects.

International Artist editors. Work Small, Learn Big!: Sketching with Pen & Watercolor. International Artist, 2003. Compilation of sketches by 17 artists. Styles range from loose and spontaneous to highly detailed with many notes.

Jackson, Paul. Painting Spectacular Light Effects in Watercolor. North Light, 2000. Clear instruction on painting special effects.

Jameson, Kenneth. Starting With Abstract Painting and Abstract Work in Other Media. Watson-Guptill, 1970. An early book that helps understand abstraction.

Jelbert, Wendy. Gardens in Watercolour. Batsford, 1992. Instruction on painting the lovely environment of a garden.

Johnson, Cathy. Creating Textures in Watercolor: A Guide to Painting 83 Textures from Grass to Glass to Tree Bark to Fur. North Light, 1992. A real winner, loved by watercolor artists.

Johnson, Cathy. Painting Watercolors(First Steps Series). North Light, 1995. Good beginner's book.

Johnson, Cathy. Watercolor Pencil Magic. North Light, 2002. Good coverage on a variety of techniques.

Jung, Kwan. Chinese Brush Painting Step-by-step. North Light, 2003. Easy-to-follow instructions and demos for this ancient art.

Kan, Diana. The How & Why of Chinese Painting. Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1974. Out of print, but one of the treasures of my library.

Katchen, Carole. 200 Great Painting Ideas for Artists. North Light, 1998. Examples from different artists and media.

Katchen, Carole. Figure Drawing Workshop. Watson-Guptill, 1985. How to make inspiring figure drawings in all media with examples from several artists.

Katchen, Carole. Make Your Watercolors Look Professional. North Light, 1995. An informative Katchen book regardless of the title.

Kautzky, Ted. Painting Trees & Landscapes in Watercolor. Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1980. A classic for landscape painters.

Kautzky, Ted. Ways With Watercolor. Reinhold, 1967. This book helped me learn to paint. Values, brush strokes, landscapes.

Kay, Pamela. Gouache: A Personal View. Sterling, 2000. One of few informative books on opaque watercolor.

Kemp, Linda. Watercolor Painting Outside the Lines. North Light, 2004. A positive approach to negative painting.

Knapp, Stephen. Creative Inspirations: A Collection of Drawing and Painting Ideas for Artists. Rockport, 1997. Exciting selections of contemporary paintings.

Knapp, Stephen. Landscape Inspirations: A Collection of Drawing and Painting Ideas for Artists. Rockport, 1997. A beautiful collection of contemporary art.

Kosvanec, James. Transparent Watercolor Wheel. Watson-Guptill, 1994. Kosvanec's system of working with color.

Kunz, Jan. Painting Watercolor Florals That Glow. North Light, 1993. Solid instruction, beautiful paintings.

Kunz, Jan. Painting Watercolor Portraits That Glow. North Light, 1989. Structure, light and flesh tones.

Lalumia, Frank. Plein Air Painting in Watercolor and Oil. North Light, 2000. Equipment, colors and demos--good coverage of the subject.

Lawrence, William B. Painting Light & Shadow in Watercolor. North Light, 1995. Excellent instruction in watercolor and design.

Le Clair, Charles. The Art of Watercolor. Watson-Guptill, 1994. A comprehensive watercolor book including many fine examples.

Leland, Nita. Exploring Color: How to Use and Control Color in Your Painting. North Light, 1998. The best book on color for artists--trust me! More than 80 exercises and demos, plus wonderful examples by 65 artists. Look here for more information.

Leland, Nita. Exploring Color Coloring Book. Moonflower Books, 2000. A color reference handbook and workbook for Exploring Color printed on acid-free watercolor paper. You don't need the book to do the workbook (but it helps) Look here for more information.

Lidzey, John, et al. Color Mixing for Artists. Barrons, 2002. Minimum colors for maximum effect using watercolors, acrylics and oils.

Lipscomb, Guy. Watercolor: Go With the Flow. Watson-Guptill, 1993. Good guide for the spontaneous technique.

Lindsay, Ann. Watercolor: A New Beginning: A Holistic Approach to Painting. Watson-Guptill, 1998. Non-intimidating approach to watercolor painting.

Little, Carl. Lawrence Goldsmith: A Life in Watercolor. Hudson Hills, 2004. In the top ten of my favorite contemporary watercolor painters.

Loos, Ray. Watercolor Options. North Light, 1985. Painting different styles in watercolor.

Lovett, Robert. The Art of Designing Watercolors. International Artist, 2002. "All you need to know to create more powerful paintings." Lots of demos and good advice.

Lynch, Tom. Watercolor Secrets International Artist, 2000. A good source for artists who want to paint color and light effects.

MacKenzie, Gordon. The Watercolorist's Essential Notebook. North Light, 2000. Quite a few good tips.

Masterfield, Maxine. In Harmony With Nature: Painting Techniques for a New Age. Watson-Guptill, 1990. Many exciting experimental techniques.

Masterfield, Maxine. Painting the Spirit of Nature. Watson-Guptill, 1984. One of the first and best experimental watermedia books.

Mayer, Ralph. The Artist's Handbook of Materials and Techniques. Fifth ed. Viking, 1991. A technical reference all serious artists should be familiar with.

Mayhall, Yolanda and Ted. The Sumi-e Dream Book. Watson-Guptill, 2003. An impressionist approach to the art of Japanese brush painting.

Mendoza, John & Charles Hendon. Southwest Echoes. Search ABEbooks Pikes Peak, 1979. Poetry and beautiful paintings in gouache and watercolor.

Metzger, Phil. The Artist's Illustrated Encylopedia: Techniques, Materials & Terms. North Light, 2001. A comprehensive reference, lavishly illustrated with contemporary art works, photographs and charts.

Metzger, Phil. Enliven Your Paintings With Light. North Light, 1993. Creating light effects with different media--instruction.

Millard, David. The Joy of Watercolor. Watson-Guptill, 1992. Good techniques book.

Millard, David. More Joy of Watercolor. Watson-Guptill. Similar to first book.

Moyer, Linda Stevens. Light up Your Watercolors Layer by Layer. North Light, 2003. A good watercolor instruction with lots of demos and beautiful illustrations.

Nechis, Barbara. Watercolor From the Heart: Techniques for Painting the Essence of Nature. Watson-Guptill, 1993. Excellent update of her first book.

Nechis, Barbara. Watercolor: The Creative Experience. North Light, 1978. Great book for wet-in-wet technique.

Nice, Claudia. Creating Textures in Pen & Ink With Watercolor. North Light, 1995. All you need to know about using pen and ink with watercolor, a great combination.

Nice, Claudia. How to Keep a Sketchbook Journal. North Light, 2001. Filled with ideas for sketching in nature and recording your creative thoughts.

Nice, Claudia. Painting Country Gardens in Watercolor, Pen & Ink. North Light, 2002. A thorough job on techniques and subject matter.

Nice, Claudia. Painting Nature in Pen & Ink With Watercolor. North Light, 1998. More pen and ink with watercolor.

Nice, Claudia. Watercolor Made Simple. North Light, 2004. Complete easy to follow instructions from start to finish.

Nofer, Frank. How to Make Watercolor Work for You. North Light, 1991. Using traditional techniques to paint a variety of subjects.

Norton, John. Painting & Drawing Children. Watson-Guptill, 1979. Anatomy and features in different media.

Page, Hilary. Hilary Page's Guide to Watercolor Paints; A Completely Up-To-Date Guide to More Than 1400 Watercolor Paints. Watson-Guptill, 1996. The best book I have found on watercolor paints.

Parramon, Jose. The Big Book of Watercolor Painting: The History, the Studio, the Materials the Techniques, the Subjects, the Theory & the Practice of Watercolor. Watson-Guptill, 1985. Comprehensive--good section on history of watercolor.

Patterson, Don. Creating Watercolor Landscapes: Using Photographs. North Light, 2000. Making a painting say more than a photograph.

Paul, Stephen, ed. Illustrator's Figure Reference Manual. Bloomsbury, 1997. Hundreds of photos of men, women and children engaged in different activities.

Pech, Arleta. Painting Fresh Florals in Watercolor. North Light, 1998. Lovely florals in realistic still-life paintings with step-by-step demos.

Pederson, Jean. Expressive Portraits: Creative Methods for Painting People. North Light, 2007. Paint beautiful portraits filled with life and spirit.

Pember, Ann. Painting Close-Focus Flowers in Watercolor. North Light, 2000. A beautiful book with helpful step-by-step demos and tips.

Penney, Jacqueline. Painting Greeting Cards in Watercolor. North Light, 1997. Simple techniques for small format paintings.

Petrie, Ferdinand. The Big Book of Painting Nature in Watercolor. Watson-Guptill, 1990. How to paint specific details of natural subjects.

Phillis, Marilyn. Watermedia Techniques for Releasing the Creative Spirit Watson-Guptill, 1990. Examples by many artists.

Pike, John. John Pike Paints Watercolors. John Pike Products, 1997. An update of the John Pike book, still availablae.

Pike, John. Watercolor. Watson-Guptill, 1969. One of my early guides in pure, direct transparent watercolor painting.

Pitz, Henry. How to Use the Figure in Painting & Illustration. Search ABEbooks Watson-Guptill, 1968.

Porter, Albert. Expressive Watercolor Techniques. Davis, 1982. Some interesting techniques in transparent watercolor.

Purcell, Carl. Painting with Your Artist's Brain. North Light Books, 2004. Subtitled "Learn to paint what you see, not what you think you see."

Pyle, David. Paint & Colors: What Every Artist Needs to Know. Krause, 2000. The book is comprehensive, covering everything from the history of pigments to the behavior of paints and safety issues.

Quiller, Stephen. Color Choices. Watson-Guptill, 1989. Using color in your paintings--good book.

Quiller, Stephen. Painter's Guide to Color. Watson-Guptill, 1999. Good content on intensity contrast.

Quiller, Stephen & Barbara Whipple. Water Media: Processes & Possibilities. Watson-Guptill, 1986. Lots of ideas for using different water media.

Quiller, Stephen & Barbara Whipple. Water Media Techniques. Watson-Guptill, 1986. Another good early water-media book.

Ranson, Ron. Big Brush Watercolor. David & Charles, 1996. Very simple approach to basic watercolor in the English style.

Ranson, Ron. Learn Watercolor the Edgar Whitney Way. North Light, 1994. Professional artists who studied with Whitney talk about his influence.

Ranson, Ron. Ron Ranson on Skies. Studio Vista, 1998. Techniques in watercolor and other media, with photographs of cloud formations and many sky paintings. Great reference for landscape painters.

Ranson, Ron. Watercolor Impressionists. North Light, 1989. Nice examples of contemporary American and British watercolorists, primarily landscape painters.

Rayfield, Susan. Painting Birds. Watson-Guptill, 1988. Instruction on details and techniques. Good resource for bird painters.

Raynes, Polly. Drawing and Painting Plants & Flowers. Nice intro on history of flower painting; basic techniques in English style of watercolor.

Reep, Edward. The Content of Watercolor. Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1983. The aesthetics of watercolor--an excellent book.

Reid, Charles. Figure Painting in Watercolor. Watson-Guptill, 1972. Reid's books are my favorites in figures and portraits.

Reid, Charles. Flower Painting in Watercolor. Watson-Guptill, 1979. Reid's free style with flowers in watercolor.

Reid, Charles. Painting Flowers in Watercolor with Charles Reid. North Light, 2001. Reid's fresh, spontaneous style is a delight. A good one for floral painters.

Reid, Charles. Portrait Painting in Watercolor. Watson-Guptill, 1973.

Reid, Charles. Watercolor Secrets North Light, 2004. Filled with many sidebar tips and tricks for Reid's spontaneous style of painting. Not for the beginner in watercolor technique, but a joy to behold.

Reynolds, Graham. Watercolors: A Concise History. Thames & Hudson, 1986. European, British and American watercolors up to Wyeth and O'Keeffe.

Richards, David. How to Discover Your Personal Painting Style. North Light, 1995. Finding what makes you paintings unique.

Robb, Tom. Start Now in Watercolour. Helpful non-intimidating beginning book. Autumn Press, 1992.

Rodwell, Jenny. Watercolorist's Guide to Mixing Colors. North Light, 1997. One artist's way with color mixing.

Roycraft, Roland. Fill Your Watercolors With Light & Color. North Light, 1990. Wet-in-wet techniques in watercolor.

Roycraft, Roland. Fill Your Watercolors With Nature's Light. North Light, 2001. A reprise of his previous book, popular with Roycraft fans.

Schider, Fritz. An Atlas of Anatomy for Artists. Dover, 1981. Diagrams and photos of the skeleton and musculature.

Schink, Christopher. Color & Light for the Watercolor Painter. Watson-Guptill, 1995. Different approaches to using color.

Schink, Christopher. Mastering Color & Design in Watercolor. Watson-Guptill, 1981. Strong on design.

Schlemm, Betty Lou. Painting With Light. Watson-Guptill. Materials and techniques.

Schlemm, Betty Lou & Tom Nicholas. The Best of Watercolor. Rockport, 1995. Excellent examples from a variety of different artists.

Schlemm, Betty Lou & Larry Webster. The Best of Watercolor 2. Rockport, 1997. Exciting contemporary collection.

Schlemm, Betty Lou, ed. Watercolor Expressions. Rockport, 2000. 126 artists create moods with brush and paint.

Schmalz, Carl. Finding and Improving Your Painting Style. Watson-Guptill, 1986. Discovering what is unique about your work and putting it into practice.

Schmalz, Carl. Watercolor Lessons From Eliot O'Hara. Search ABEbooks Watson-Guptill, 1974. O'Hara's leading disciple offers the basics of watercolor.

Schmid, Richard. Alla Prima: Everything I Know About Painting. West Wind, 1998. A wonderful book, Schmid's techniques and philosophy rolled into one.

Seligman, Patricia. Painting the Effects of Weather. North Light, 1997. Sunshine, shadows, clouds, snow, ice, mist and more.

Seslar, Lin. Painting Seascapes in Sharp Focus. North Light, 1987. Seascapes in different media.

Seslar, Patrick. Wildlife Painting Step by Step. North Light, 1995. Wildlife painting in different media.

Shuptrine, Herbert. Home to Jericho: The South Beheld. Beautiful watercolors with poetry by James Dickey.

Sidaway, Ian. The Watercolor Artist's Paper Directory. North Light, 2000. Discover the best papers for your art.

Silverman, Burton. Breaking the Rules of Watercolor. Watson-Guptill, 1991. Master painter uses smooth paper for a variety of subjects.

Silverman, Burt. Painting People. Watson-Guptill, 1977. Methods in oils, pastels and watercolors.

Simandle, Marilyn. Capturing Light in Watercolor. North Light, 1997. Sunny landscapes--interesting way of preparing for painting.

Simpson, Ian. The Complete Painting Course: A Comprehensive Learning Guide and Reference Manual. Running Press, 1993. (UK) Lots of information for reference.

Smibert, Tony. Painting Landscapes from Your Imagination. Wet-in-wet watercolor painting. Asmibe great book for beginners intimidated by drawing and detail.

Smith, Ray. Watercolor Color. Dorling Kindersly, 1998. General color theory.

Smith, Ray. Fresh Watercolour: Bring Light & Life to Your Painting. David & Charles, 1991. Mostly landscapes the English way.

Smith, Stan, ed. The Artist's Manual. Mayflower, 1980. Equipment, materials and techniques. Includes painting, drawing, graphic design and sculpture.

Soto, Penny. Painting Glowing Colors in Watercolor. North Light, 2003. Many step-by-step demos, good discussion of materials and equipment.

Sovek, Charles. Oil Painting: Develop Your Natural Ability. North Light, 1991. Excellent book, helpful in all media.

Spann, Susanna. Painting Crystal and Flowers in Watercolor. North Light, 2001. Not for the spontaneous watercolor painter. Special effects in still life. Emphasizes doing thumbnail sketches to plan paintings.

Speckmann, Gail. Wet-Into-Wet Watercolor. Watson-Guptill, 1995. Emphasis on wet technique.

Spicer, Jean Uhl. Bright & Beautiful Flowers in Watercolor. North Light, 2004. If I were a flower painter, this is how I would want to do it. Way to go, Jean.

Stabin, Mel. The Figure in Watercolor. Watson-Guptill, 2002. Simple, fast and focused, just like his book on landscapes.

Stabin, Mel. Watercolor: Simple, Fast and Focused. Watson-Guptill, 1999. Simple and direct, just like the title.

Stephenson, Jonathon. Paint With the Watercolor Masters. Watson-Guptill, 1998. Materials, techniques and demos.

Stine, Al. Painting Smart. North Light, 1990. The Al Stine watercolor method and paintings.

Stine, Al. Painting Watercolor Portraits. North Light, 1997. Stine's techniques and materials.

Stroud, Betsy Dillard. Painting From the Inside Out North Light, 2002. Creative techniques for painters--exciting new concepts.

Szabo, Zoltan. Color-by-Color Guide to Watercolor. North Light, 1998. Zoltan's ideas on color.

Szabo, Zoltan. 70 Favorite Watercolor Techniques. North Light, 1995. Interesting tips on different watercolor effects.

Szabo, Zoltan. Painting Nature's Hidden Treasures in Watercolor. North Light, 1984. My favorite Szabo book.

Taylor, Jo. Watercolor Wisdom. Lessons from a lifetime of painting and teaching.

Taylor, Richard. Natural Watercolors. David & Charles, 2001. Painting from nature made easy.

Thelin, Valfred. Watercolor: Let the Medium Do It. Watson-Guptill, 1992. Primarily tricks and techniques book.

Topal, Cathy. Children & Painting. Davis, 1992. Creative projects for children.

Treman, Judy. Building Brilliant Watercolors. North Light, 1998. Photo-realistic still-life and flowers.

Unwin, Chris. The Artistic Touch. Creative Artist, 1995. The work of 65 artists, mostly in watercolor.

van Hasselt, Tony & Judi Wagner. Painting With the White Of Your Paper. North Light, 1994. Good design instruction for watercolor.

van Hasselt, Tony & Judi Wagner. The Watercolor Fix-It Book. North Light, 1992. Lots of helpful tips and good instruction.

Wallake, Jan Fabian. Watercolor: Pour It On. North Light, 2001. A variety of projects based on pouring techniques.

Ward, Edward. First Impressions: Sketching Nature in Watercolor. Watson-Guptill, 1990. Good outdoor painter's book.

Ward, Mike. The New Spirit of Watercolor. North Light, 1989. One of the early books with examples of experimental watermedia.

Watson, Ernest. Sketch Diary. Reinhold, 1965. Instructive text with examples from Watson's sketchbook in pencil and watercolor.

Weaver, Pat. Watercolor Simplified. North Light, 2003. Watercolor basics, but assumes that you already know how to use watercolor.

Webb, Frank. Watercolor Energies. North Light, 1983. Strong on elements and principles of design.

Webb, Frank. Webb on Watercolor. North Light, 1989. Webb is always a good read.

Westerman, Arne. Paint Watercolors Filled With Light & Energy. North Light, 1994. Strong on design particularly with figures and portraits.

Whitney, Edgar. Complete Guide to Watercolor Painting. Dover, 2001. If I could only have one watercolor book in my library, this is the one.

Wiegardt, Eric. Watercolor Free and Easy. North Light, 1996. Wiegardt's approach to painting and teaching.

Willard, Christopher. Watercolor Mixing: the 12-hue Method. Rockport, 2000. Similar to the expanded palette and color schemes of my Exploring Color System.

Willebank, Mark and Mary. Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner. North Light, 2003. A clear and easy guide to successful painting.

Willis, Lucy. Light: How to See It, How to Paint It. North Light, 1989. Creates awareness in representing light.

Wolf, Rachel. Splash: America's Best Contemporary Watercolors. North Light, 1991. Beautiful collection of watercolors.

Wolf, Rachel. Splash 2: Watercolor Breakthroughs. North Light, 1993. Beautiful collection of watercolors.

Wolf, Rachel. Splash 3: Ideas & Inspirations. North Light, 1994. Beautiful collection of watercolors.

Wolf, Rachel. Splash 4: The Splendor of Light. North Light, 1996. Beautiful collection of watercolors.

Wolf, Rachel. Splash 5: The Glory of Color. North Light, 1998. Beautiful collection of watercolors.

Wolf, Rachel. Splash 6: The Magic of Texture. North Light, 2000. Beautiful collection of watercolors.

Wolf, Rachel. Splash 7: A Celebration of Light North Light, 2002. Beautiful collection of watercolors.

Wolf, Rachel. Splash 8: Watercolor Discoveries North Light, 2004. Beautiful collection of watercolors.

Wolf, Rachel. Splash 9: The Best of Watercolor North Light, 2006. Beautiful collection of watercolors.

Woods, Gerald. Practical Watercolor Painting. Running Press, 1995. The comprehensive guide to materials and techniques. (UK)

Wunderlich, Eleanor. Botanical Illustration in Watercolor. Watson-Guptill, 2000. Painting flowers, trees, shrubs, fruits and vegetables accurately in watercolor.

Wyeth, Andrew, et al. Unknown Terrain: The Landscapes of Andrew Wyeth. Whitney Museum, 1998. Some wonderful paintings I hadn't seen before from an exhibition at the Whitney.

Zaferatos, Olga. Painting the Still Life. Watson-Guptill, 1985. Different artists compose and paint still lifes.

Zemsky, Jessica. Capturing the Magic of Children in Your Paintings. North Light, 1996.

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