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1. The Art of Watercolor
2. American Traditions in Watercolor:
3. Dramatic Light: Paint Eye-Catching
4. Watercolor Basics - Let's Get
5. Watercolor (Dover Books on Art
6. The Art of Watercolor
7. Wonderful World of Watercolor:
8. Sea and Sky in Watercolour (Step-by-Step
9. Watercolor for the Fun of It -
10. An Introduction to Watercolor
11. The Watercolor Book: Materials
12. Paint Watercolors that Dance with
13. Angelic Visions: Create Fantasy
14. American Drawings and Watercolors
15. Watercolor Made Easy: 30-Minute
16. Watercolor from the Heart
17. Sharp Focus Watercolor Painting:
18. Watercolor Made Simple with Claudia
19. Step-By-Step Guide to Painting
20. Splash 11 - New Directions: The

1. The Art of Watercolor
by Charles LeClair
Paperback: 176 Pages (1999-06-01)
list price: US$29.95 -- used & new: US$44.98
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Asin: 0823002926
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Exploring the main areas of still life, landscape, and figure painting, this entertaining yet scholarly course of study covers every aspect of painting in watercolor, gives advice on materials, and provides easy-to-follow instructions in both traditional and experimental techniques. 140 illustrations. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars great information
Excellant.I work mainly in oils but have wanted to use watercolor for years and most attemps failed due to lack of understanding and to a conventional approach to the medium.Nice chaper on a creative use of photographs- not adhering in a slavish style to the image recorded but to interpret and use as a source. Great chapter on alternative ways of applying paint.Good reproductions of interesting artists' use of water color and ideas. Good basic instruction as well. Nice exercises for self and for teaching. Inspirational and will keep for my library

5-0 out of 5 stars fast and in great condition
thank you! this item was delivered quickly and was in very good condition. Great Value.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not just a lot of pretty pictures-the text is illuminating too!
I bought this book when it first came out, and it was a real revealation to me. Water color wasn't really taught in American art schools at the time, and this book was my first guide to the wonderful adventure of watercolor painting. I'm reviewing the newer edition, which has the same great text but has added more full-color illustrations.

The pictures are great, but the text is what makes this book outstanding among the many watercolor books currently on the market. As the title suggests, the text explores and explains the many facets of watercolor as an art form. The illustrations support the text by showing well-chosen examples of the great variety possible with this beautiful and intriguing medium. Many books on watercolor offer lessons in a particular method or painting style, or focus on one style of painting (usually the author's). This one covers diferent ground entirely. Instruction books can be excellent, but if you are ready for more depth, this could be the book you need. It's true there is a typical section on materials and basic techniques, and there are suggested exercises at the end of the chapters. These are fine in themselves, but other books can give you that. What makes this book special is the author's wide knowledge of painting styles, and his careful avoidance of favoritism toward particular styles or artists.If you are ready to read this with an open mind, you may see the merits of painting styles that you thought you didn't like. This certainly was the case for me!

Who would benefit from this book? It would be useful to a complete beginner, if he or she is very disciplined, ready to work, and above all ready to READ a though-provoking non-simplisitic book. Non-painters who admire watercolor and would like to learn more about its history will probably enjoy a browse through the text. But I think it is most helpful to intermediate painters who are beyond the intiial struggle to master the basics of watercolor, and are ready to deepen their understanding of this wonderful art form.

5-0 out of 5 stars the best watercolor book
Le Claire has contributed a lot to watercolor painting in this book loaded with illustrationsof expressionim,experimentation in the media it inspires to do watercolors ,This is surprisng since it is published by the American Artist (for many years since I have first seen the magazine has published little of advanced watercolor painting) But the book doesn't limit itself to transparent watercolor rules.Such asNo embossing no cutting ,no ink,nothing but pure color that maybe started by pencil line.If a painter hasn't advanced from that rule ,then he isn't a painter of the 20th century to my mind.Too often watercolor books are promotions of a watercolorist's technique, many of theseartist are hampered by poor formal ability: line ,color,shape, etc.Le claire has some ability so the book has authority. It is a book that is well worth the modest price.

5-0 out of 5 stars great instructional book
This book by Le Clair is lucid and touches all the important aspects of water color painitng...It is a great instructional book...I wish I had studied this book several decades ago. I am a self-taught artist and this book will help all such self-taught persons ... Read more

2. American Traditions in Watercolor: The Worcester Art Museum Collection
by Donelson Hoopes, Susan E. Strickler
Paperback: 232 Pages (1987-05)
list price: US$35.00 -- used & new: US$30.00
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Asin: 089659680X
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3. Dramatic Light: Paint Eye-Catching Art in Watercolor and Oil
by Patrick Howe
Hardcover: 128 Pages (2006-04-12)
list price: US$28.99 -- used & new: US$13.07
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Asin: 1581806582
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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With two popular mediums and a favorite topic, Dramatic Light is sure to become a staple on every artist’s bookshelf. This guide shows painters how to capture the elusive quality of light and make their work glow from within. Highlights include:

-Instruction in both watercolor and oils

-23 step-by-step demonstrations on seeing and painting light

-An in-depth look at basic light principles: transparency, translucency, luminosity and reflections

-Gorgeous transparent and translucent subjects such as glass jars, sheer curtains, stained-glass windows and water

Artists at every level will come away with a better understanding of light--and more dramatic paintings! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars artist's review - Deborah, not Richard
This is a wonderful book with plenty of step by step exercises.Being a professional watercolor artist, I found the book a wonderful way to practice, learn even more and to encourage me to paint daily in someone elses style.I tend to box myself in, so often use books to increase my comfort zone.
This is a great book with some lovely paintings to do yourself.I think it works for all levels of painters, unless you are someone like VanGough or Monet or... well you get my drift!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book about difficult subject light
As a self taught artist I finally learned how soft edges can create dramatic light and prevent flattening silhouettes. It also teaches how to create transparency. This book helps me to improve painting water and its reflections. Every lesson is beautifully illustrated. This book even has practical tips on the business of art. A must have for every self taught artist.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best books on the subject
I am a graphic artist who is constantly trying to be a better fine artist.
I have many instructional painting books and have found this one to be one of the best for the following reasons:
-especially quick read/ref -not so wordy like most
-easy to understand instructions
-great tips not found in other books

5-0 out of 5 stars Skilful
I really enjoyed the book, bought it for a friend and could hardly bear to pass it on. I have taught art for years and still learned from it. The author really knows his stuff. Good value for money and useful as reference when teaching. Aimed at adults, but easily understood.

5-0 out of 5 stars Drool over the paintings, select your medium (oil or watercolor)
The example paintings in this book (such as on the cover) are the drool-over sort that you want to paint but can't--or can but don't.

The author lets you in on secrets; how to paint translucence, using a banana and a fictious cellophane screen. Then you move on to copy an exercise of those translucent shopping bags from trendy little boutiques. After that, you will have little problem rendering translucent windows, bags and even diaphanous material over skin.

There are bags of sweets in cellophane, glass jars, sheer curtains, stained-glass windows and water. A lot of material on differently-lit surfaces and scenes. And the book is not just for watercolorists--oils are also included (by figuring out how oil works, you could probably extrapolate these studies to acrylics.)

A very nice book just to peruse, helpful for the actual examples and 23 different studies-in-progress. Big Thumbs Up. ... Read more

4. Watercolor Basics - Let's Get Started
by Jack Reid
Paperback: 128 Pages (1998-10-15)
list price: US$19.99 -- used & new: US$9.95
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Asin: 0891348670
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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For more than 25 years Jack Reid has been an accomplished artist and illustrator, teaching more than 10,000 students the basic skills of painting and drawing. With this book, Reid offers a beginner's guide to watercolour painting. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Getting started
The book is very useful if you really don't know anything about watercolor. It covers the fundamentals and basics of watercolor and the exercises are very good!
But you need some prior knowledge in drawing for better use of the exercises.
The instructions are very easy to follow and I learned a lot. Great book!

1-0 out of 5 stars Riddled with Flaws and Holes
I am shocked this book is rated as it is: I decided to occupy a medical leave from surgery with teaching myself the fundamentals of watercolors, and bought this book. It has proven to be a colossal waste of time, as I do not believe this book to be intended for people without a prior knowledge of painting. My infuriation began with the subject of trees while performing what should have been a simple wash exercise. Several times the author simply instructs me to "Paint in a tree." IF I KNEW HOW TO PAINT A TREE I NEEDN'T HAVE BOUGHT THE BOOK! Am I wrong to assume I am the only person that wasn't born with an inherent know-how in terms of tree painting?!

How to paint.
Step 1: Paint. This is the flawed logic I am repeatedly met with in nearly every exercise!

Another error occurs on Page 38 when the step explains not to paint the barn in the area of the fenceposts, when the prior stop had already instructed to paint the entire barn.

Page 40: I am told to "stroke-in". What does that mean? How long should my strokes be and is there a particular method that I am supposed to follow? The author is using artist's jargon that a beginner obviously wouldn't know.

On page 46, step 4 says "with white area still wet...." despite the fact that step 3 had instructed me to use a hair dryer to completely dry my painting.Page 46 also instructs me to "slip in the fluid". Another use of vague jargon that a lost beginner cannot follow.

I am finally writing this review after becoming infuriated with the exercise of an autumn farm scene on page 104. To start with, the sketch is too small. But this might not even matter, as the sketch in the remainder of the painting ISN'T EVEN THE SAME ONE. The one used in subsequent steps offers a more 3-D rendition of the barn, while the one we are instructed to sketch does not. Here is where I noticed that often, the diagrams do not at all match up to the steps listed beside them. In fact I'd venture as far as saying that the pictures make the instructions even more convoluted rather than offering a clearer view of the assigment.

Page 104 is also extremely vague in terms of paint placement. It will say "drop in color" with very little indication of exactly where, and exactly how much. At one pointit tells me to "drop in color" to the left of the water. What it didn't say is that I was only supposed to do one band (infuriatingly- of indeterminate width)along the top and then to increase my value as I progressed to the bottom of the canvas.

I am done. I had wanted to give the entire book a solid attempt despite my bad first impression, but this final exercise has taght me nothing except that I have bought the wrong book and have wasted too much time on it. If you have prior exerience, this book might suit you just fine. if you are like me and are a first-timer, do yourself a favor and buy a book from an author that is much clear in instructing.

4-0 out of 5 stars So far, so good, but.....
After reading all the wonderful reviews of this book, I decided to buy it for my mom as a birthday gift.I also am rounding up all the supplies she will need to get started.The book seems good (I have read most of it trying to assess all the supplies I will need).There is a supply list in the beginning of the book, but after reading all the lessons, I found an item or two that that was not included, and, I have found that some of the items on the supply list will not be used.I understand that the assumption is that eventually one will move on and will most likely need those items.I only wish that there was a "shopping list" of items needed to complete these lessons.

5-0 out of 5 stars A most helpful instruction book!
This is a great help for both amateur and professional watercolorists.
I am proud to have it in my library now.
Anna Marie Fritz at [...].

5-0 out of 5 stars Great introductory lessons
I took a community based (8 week) watercolor painting course first and it helped to have an actual instructor teach some basics and explain exactly what products to buy, but this book is a great introduction to get one started even without a separate course.It covers the materials you need and then begins with simple exercises leading into more complex ones.It provides the skills needed to begin creating on your own, rather than having to learn "trial and error".Upon completion of the book, I was ready to produce my own paintings without becoming frustrated or discouraged because I had the guidance and foundational knowledge I needed.Thank you Jack Reid! ... Read more

5. Watercolor (Dover Books on Art Instruction)
by John Pike
Paperback: 224 Pages (2006-04-14)
list price: US$22.95 -- used & new: US$12.90
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Asin: 0486447839
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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From one of America's favorite artists comes one of the most popular watercolor books ever written. Drawing upon a lifetime of perfecting the craft he loves, Pike provides artists at all levels of expertise with information on everything from choosing a brush to producing a variety of washes. Abundantly illustrated with 166 paintings.
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3-0 out of 5 stars my review
well packed - however this book has a bit yellowish pages, the soft cover torn both sides, while author and product are good for watercolorist learners.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Watercolor", by John Pike
I am happy to have added this book to my collection of art books. I really like the way the author writes, the book is very readable. Although the book was written some time ago, I found the information completely pertinent for today. There is a mixture of color and black and white plates in the book, I find this adds to the character of the book. There is loads of valuable information for the new, or experienced watercolor painter.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good workshop!
Very helpful for me.I am an amateur painter, needed extra guidance even though I have been painting for a number of years. Good discussion on opaque and transparent colors, how to get to a goal, and so many examples.

2-0 out of 5 stars The Pike Palette ring a bell
I bought the book based on the cover I have no where near the watercolor skill as John Pike had. But this book is rather dated from the 70s and has paintings reproduced in black and white! I'm not sure how much you can learn from Black and White paintings that are suppose to be in color.

5-0 out of 5 stars A classic in the world of watercolor painting
John Pike was a student of Charles Hawthorne from the "Cape Cod School." Pike spent time in the West Indies, and later did illustrations for magazines such as Colliers, Life, Fortune, and Readers Digest. His paintings, which remind me of a mix of Maxfield Parrish and Winslow Homer, take advantage of that gorgeous light of late afternoon or the weird mist of early morning, especially in New England and New York State. His art is found in many museums and permanent collections. His books sold many copies in the 1960's and inspired a lot of amateurs to try their hand at this expressive medium. This book is one of my favorites. Right from the start, the cover challenges the watercolorist to learn about light, economical use of brush strokes, and a surprisingly limited palette that excludes tricks and gimmicks. If you are serious about watercolor, this book is probably on your shelf or wants to be there. Frankly, I love this book for the cover alone, but the advice is timeless and worth learning. ... Read more

6. The Art of Watercolor
by William F Powell
Paperback: 144 Pages (2004-01-01)
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Asin: 1560101873
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Covers all the techniques you need to know to create beautiful watercolor paintings of people, landscapes, seascapes, still life, children, and animals. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars worst experience ever!
I've now waited over a month for this item.I still have not received it and it's been the worst experience ever in purchasing a product from Amazon!How can I write a review when I've never seen the product.

4-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book
Beautiful book and very helpful.I especially like the fact that the author uses different artists and different styles along with the hints.Great investment for the beginner.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE ART OF WATERCOLOR

7. Wonderful World of Watercolor: Learning and Loving Transparent Watercolor
by Mary Baumgartner
Paperback: 144 Pages (2008-09-30)
list price: US$23.95 -- used & new: US$14.57
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Asin: 0823099105
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Learn to paint in watercolor--at any age!

* Down-to-earth, you-can-do-it instructions and ideas

* Surefire techniques plus reassuring text

* Basics build to a final three-day watercolor workshop

Everyone loves watercolors. They’re easy to carry around and they don’t call for complicated special materials. But getting started with watercolors can be daunting. What paper, paint, and brushes do you really need? How do you mix colors without getting mud? How do you create those clear, glowing tones? Wonderful World of Watercolor guides beginners through these basics and on to the rewards of painting beautiful watercolors.  Author Mary Baumgartner has more than twenty-five years of experience painting and exhibiting her work in national shows, teaching watercolor, and conducting watercolor workshops.  Now she shares her down-to-earth approach with readers everywhere--with simple instructions on everything from choosing materials to creating a palette, from color values to capturing favorite subjects like pets, fruits and vegetables, skies and clouds, and more. Baumgartner’s warm, reassuring tone is perfect for neophyte artists and anyone who needs a bit of extra support to get started.  Many advanced students are still striving to become professionals under her leadership.
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1-0 out of 5 stars Use of fugative colors
It is difficult to take seriously an artist that uses and urges others to use fugitive colors. This artist palette contains5 fugitive colors. In my opinion, there is absolutely no reason to use these colors when there are perfectly acceptable alternates. No where does the author mention that these colors will fade quickly even in a protected environment.For more info about this go to [...]
In addition the paintings shown in the book seem over worked and lacking in spontaneity.
I wish I had previewed the book before buying.

5-0 out of 5 stars The watercolor artist's guide to exceptional color

I found this an excellent book, probably of greater interest to someone who has been painting with watercolor for a while. There are so many different ideas for mixing colors which I found very exciting and which gave a whole new interest to my painting and the depth of color that can be obtained.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good solid information for WC artists
This a well rounded "how to" watercolor book.It is great for the beginner painter through the intermediate artist.The sections on negative painting; controling edges;lifting paint; and using shadows were particularly well covered.I would recommend this book to anyone who would like this reference material handy.The index is excellent and the examples were good too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Reprint from National Art Education News - April 2009
Book Reviewed by Marie L. Meegan, Salem, Massachusetts.

If I were to pick only one book as a reference for mastering the art and science of watercolor painting, it would be Mary Baumgartner's Wonderful World of Watercolor.Besides being a technical masterpiece, it is a beautiful book, having many exquisite examples of watercolor painting.The author imparts her joy in the subject matter, as well as her delight in teaching - a winning combination.

The first section is devoted to color: choosing color, mixing color, and considering its warmth, or coolness, color values, transparency or opacity. The author provides sample charts for guidance, and in fact, insists her own students paint these charts so color mixing will not be a hit or miss experience.

There are chapters on supplies, work space and composition.Baumgartner carefully explains all the essentials for success, such as negative space, glazing, and lifting paint, to name a few.Drawing skills are handled in detail.Special advice for painting metallic objects, glass, water droplets, skies, clouds, foliage, and fur are covered in a chapter entitled "The Hard Stuff - Made Easy."

She writes about using artistic license to arrange a painting to enhance the qualities of the scene she might be composing.She guarantees a clear center of interest, and paints with the light source in mind.She photographs scenes, objects, and people for future paintings.The author, while not lacking in intuitiveness, is convinced one must do the work to create paintings that captivate the viewer.In the chapter "Telling a Story," Baumgartner quotes Edgar Degas as having said, "My art is in no way spontaneous - it is entirely contrived."If you paint or teach watercolor painting you must have this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful World of Watercolor: Learning and Loving Transparent Watercolor
The explanation in the book and the tips Mary Baumgartner shares is what I needed to continue with my painting and ideas for future paintings.Her color charts are reinforcement to what my present teacher has been teaching us in class.The scenarios she shares makes me think more out of my comfort zone.This book has been a reinforcement in what I have been learning and making my views of painting broader. ... Read more

8. Sea and Sky in Watercolour (Step-by-Step Leisure Arts)
by Arnold Lowrey
Paperback: 48 Pages (2001-09-01)
list price: US$10.95 -- used & new: US$5.45
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Asin: 0855329203
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The sea reflects light and it is affected by weather. Skies change constantly from one minute to the next. Arnold Lowrey explores both subjects with enthusiasm and energy, showing how wonderful effects can be achieved with a range of watercolor techniques. Practical step-by-step demonstrations illustrate how to build up a painting, and inspirational paintings shows how the techniques can be adapted to create new pictures.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Sea & Sky watercolor
This book is a great step by sep instruction manual.Excellent for beginners. Also love the artists watercolors they are beautiful. ... Read more

9. Watercolor for the Fun of It - How to Sketch with Watercolor
by David Becker
Paperback: 96 Pages (2002-12-31)
list price: US$18.99 -- used & new: US$13.85
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Asin: 1581802331
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This is the perfect jump start for beginners who want to tackle the watercolor medium with speed and success. It presents an easy-to-understand approach that quickly familiarizes aspiring artists with basic materials, tools and techniques for getting started.

Illustrations, exercises and complete step-by-step demos show how to achieve fast results by creating sketches with drawing media as well as watercolor. With this easy "sketching" approach, artists will learn how to plan successful paintings using thumbnail sketches, value sketches, color sketches, sideline sketches, composition adjustments and experiments.

Accessible, affordable and fun, this guide will have beginners developing their skills and on their way to creating satisfying work in no time. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A good sketch leads to a good watercolor
"How to sketch with watercolor" by David R. Becker is a good introduction to the importance of the preliminary sketch in formulating the watercolor.Value sketches, thumbnails, and composition do's and don'ts, and a variety of materials are discussed, along with step by step procedures for obtaining a variety of watercolor types. ... Read more

10. An Introduction to Watercolor (DK Art School)
by Ray Campbell Smith
Paperback: 72 Pages (1998-03-15)
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Asin: 0789432919
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Whether you've taken art classes or never held a brush before, An Introduction to Watercolor will show you everything you need to know about painting beautifully in this challenging -- but rewarding -- medium. Easy-to-follow projects, shown as they were created, teach the essentials while inspiring the student to tackle increasingly complex techniques.Each volume of the DK Art School series focuses on a specific medium and subject, so you can choose precisely what you want to learn. When complete, the DK Art School will offer the widest choice of specific subjects -- from acrylic figure to oil portrait, and from pastel still life to watercolor landscape. Build your own private Art School in your home library. ... Read more

11. The Watercolor Book: Materials and Techniques for Today's Artists
by David Dewey
Paperback: 178 Pages (2000-09-01)
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Asin: 0823056392
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The most thorough guide to watercolor materials and techniques ever assembled in a single volume, this is the book for anyone working with watercolors, from beginners to experienced artists looking to develop more professional skills. Starting with a comprehensive, up-to-date review of the tools and techniques required to master the art of watercolor, the book then presents detailed lessons in basic drawing skills. Design concepts are explored: line and shape, light and dark, perspective, and composition. All the major watercolor painting techniques are shown: methods for laying washes, preserving white areas, glazing, establishing form, creating textural effects, lifting color, masking, and using resists. With color the driving force behind the author's whole approach to painting and his distinctive "organic" handling of the medium, color theories and strategies are clearly explained and applied to a wide range of subjects-still life, figures, landscapes, and architecture-some of which pair watercolors with other mediums such as gouache, pastel, and collage. An ongoing reference source, this is a book that watercolorists will turn to again and again for guidance. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Watercolor Book, Materials and Techniques for Today's Artist
Excellent book.Very informative, even for someone who has been painting for awhile.I am going to use the examples and the explanations as the basis for a watercolor class.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Right Way to Start
As a long time painter and teacher, I use many books as reference for my students. This is one of the best for starting off right in water media and I use it as the primary text in my college class. It is a classic methodical approach to the basics of watercolor painting, with easy to follow yet challenging exercises. Please note - I advise all my painting students to first master basic drawing skills which are so helpful for success in painting.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book in a great series
I have way too many watercolor books (buying WC books is addictive, although not as addictive as buying new colors).This book is one of my absolute favorites, and one I find myself returning to over and over.I am a very big fan of the entire "Materials and Techniques for Today's Artists" series, and I own their Drawing Book, Pen & Ink Book, Pastel Book, Acrylic Book, and Oil Painting Book.

All of the books in this series seem to follow the same basic format.The first third or so of the book cover materials in great detail.The emphasis is on the types of materials that you need, options available, and characteristics of specific brand names.If you're a beginning watercolorist lost among all of the brands of brushes, paints, and paper available then this will be a great resource.The middle 3rd of the book focuses on general techniques, followed by a series of discussions related to specific subject matter.The final third focuses on mixed media - and in my opinion this is the area where Dewey's books really shine.I think he's a great pastelist and uses pastels and watercolors together to do some amazing stuff.

I view this is a great book for folks that know at least a little bit about watercolor painting and are interested in getting into more depth and detail.I probably wouldn't recommend the book for absolute beginners, because I think absolute beginners would find the book a little overwhelming.Some initial questions that absolute beginners might ask (like "What colors should I have on a basic palette") aren't really addressed until pretty deep into the book.For an absolute beginner, something like Jack Reid's "Watercolor Basics: Let's Get Started" or Charles Reid's "Painting Flowers in Watercolor With Charles Reid" could be a better choice.But if you've seen enough of watercolor to know that you want to know a lot more about it, this book is a great resource.

5-0 out of 5 stars good introduction to watercolor techniques and materials
I found this book very helpful -- a good introductory book on water color techniques and products.Lots of detail on the different materials and tools used in watercolor (paper type, brushes, paints, misc).The author discusses the uses of each and which products and brands he finds most useful/of the best quality.The author also discusses different techniques (with examples).The book is in color and the step-by-step instruction is useful for beginners or those of us that are a bit rusty.This book will also be useful for people that have never taken an art class as there is background info as well (the color wheel, values, etc.).

5-0 out of 5 stars If wishes were fishes...
I wish I would have bought this book before I bought the supplies I did. I know that I would have saved a lot of guesswork and helped form my style faster and more satisfactorily. I am an amateur painter and will always be, so cost effectiveness is an issue. Even though I have brushes and stuff that I will not use (probably) I have the feeling with this book that I have an instructor at hand. Thanks guys! ... Read more

12. Paint Watercolors that Dance with Light
by Elizabeth Kincaid
Paperback: 128 Pages (2008-10-29)
list price: US$22.99 -- used & new: US$14.17
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Asin: 1600611931
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions take the mystery out of composition, color, light and shadow.

This easy-to-follow guide offers proven techniques for painting dazzling scenes drenched in color. Readers will learn to paintbeautiful flowers, foliage and landscapes, as well as learn to visualize before painting and to better perceive abstract form, value, line and color. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Paint WATERCOLOURS THAT dance with light
A very comprehensive and well laid-out book written by someone who clearly knows her craft,
this is an excellent product for all skills levels, congratulations and thanks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great deal

Wonderful experience.Book was received in excellent condition, just as specified.Great deal, I would definitely order from here again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excelent book
This is an excelent book with many practical instructions and answers to solving problems for watercolor painting.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's a nice book but-
It is a nice book but not great for instruction.Too much having to connect the dots for the reader.Some of the examples are quite beautiful and warrant a second look.Overall, it is a nice book.Very nice layouts.

5-0 out of 5 stars Review of Watercolor Book
Lovely watercolor book by Elizabeth Kincaid.It arrived in excellent condition and in a timely fashion. thank you. ... Read more

13. Angelic Visions: Create Fantasy Art Angels With Watercolor, Ink and Colored Pencil.
by Angela Sasser
Paperback: 128 Pages (2011-01-13)
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You will learn step by step how to create angelic bodies, heads, limbs, wings and details, including flowing clothing and background elements, with extremely rich, inspirational final projects that will inspire you to push the limits of your imagination. Step-by-step processes are the focus of the book from simple poses and views to more complex. Sidebars feature tips, frequently asked questions, solutions to common mistakes, information about angels, and more. ... Read more

14. American Drawings and Watercolors in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Catalogue of Works by Artists Born Before 1835
Hardcover: 444 Pages (2002-12)
list price: US$90.00 -- used & new: US$55.00
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Asin: 0300093721
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art began acquiring American drawings in 1880 and has since amassed a spectacular collection of more than 1,400 works in watercolor, pastel, ink, graphite, chalk, and charcoal. This beautifully produced catalogue, the first volume in a series devoted to the museum's rich holdings, presents works by artists born before 1835, including such great American artists as John Singleton Copley, Thomas Cole, George Inness, and James Abbott McNeill Whistler.In his introduction, Kevin J. Avery describes the acquisitions history of American drawings at the Metropolitan from 1880 to the present day. Marjorie Shelley writes on the materials and techniques used by American draftsmen from the eighteenth century until about 1875. The catalogue section of the book features 106 of the Museum's choicest drawings and watercolors, discussed in detail and reproduced in color. A checklist follows of the museum's complete collection of early works on paper, with black-and-white illustrations of 430 additional works and brief artist biographies. ... Read more

15. Watercolor Made Easy: 30-Minute Landscapes: Quick and easy lessons for keeping your paintings loose and fresh
by Paul Talbot-Greaves
Paperback: 64 Pages (2008-03-01)
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Asin: 1600580793
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Discover the benefits of completing a watercolor painting in 30 minutes or less

Spending hours or even days on a watercolor painting can lead to dull, muddy results. But a surefire way to keep your paintings loose and fresh is to work quickly! In this informative, 64-page book, accomplished artist Paul Talbot-Greaves proves that painting in watercolor doesn't have to be an all-day event. In fact, an impressive landscape scene can be created in just 30 minutes or less, which Paul demonstrates in 27 step-by-step lessons. To discourage readers from overworking their paintings, the author breaks down each lesson into short blocks of time, indicating how many minutes should be spent on each stage. In addition, he provides practical information on tone, color, pattern, light, and more, so readers can improve their skills and develop their "artist's eye."

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable and practical.
First, you must be able to draw somewhat to do the exercises. This is not a drawing instruction book. It also helps to at least have dabbled in watercolor. If you meet these criteria, this book will be a great deal of fun, and very helpful. I'm thoroughly enjoying the exercises and getting great results. More important, I'm doing them in my own style, while learning what the author is trying to teach. Great combination, hard to find in watercolor textbooks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Exercises
If you want easy step by step watercolour exercises to do, then this is the book for you!
It is full of useful information from the introduction to the closing words.
The simple instructions which accompany the 27 exercises enable even a novice to create little masterpieces in their own right.
The instructions are easy to follow and the illustrations are excellent. This is the best book of its kind for ease of use and will help anyone achieve success in watercolour painting.

5-0 out of 5 stars watercolor tutorial
Paul Talbot- Greaves are wonderful painter and instructor.
The book is easy to understand and full of step-by-step instructions.
I recommend this book to every watercolor lover.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lovely helpful book
This is a lovely little book with nice illustrations and a lot of helpful information. ... Read more

16. Watercolor from the Heart
by Barbara Nechis
Hardcover: 144 Pages (1993-10-01)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Nechis encourages experimentation with watercolors, stressing that artists who take risks develop faster than those who abide by the rules. After presenting traditional methods, Nechis shows how to play with them and how the natural environment inspires new ways of seeing and painting. 175 full-color illus. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best for watercolor adventure
This is not a step by step, how to book. But, it is the best watercolor book I have, (and I have many). Watercolor from the Heart will show you the true nature of the media.You gain understanding in what can bloom from this media, and how truely beautiful it can be. If I had only one watercolor book, this would be it.

5-0 out of 5 stars New Book Delivery - Watercolor from The Heart
Delivery was in perfect condition and fast

5-0 out of 5 stars creative watercolor
I'm new to watercolor.Although this book is not intended for beginners, being about more advanced techniques, I found it inspirational to read.The author shares her ideas about how to approach the creative process, as well as her methods and images of her beautiful paintings.I enjoyed it and found it helpful in thinking about my own painting.

5-0 out of 5 stars More than "heart"
I thoroughly enjoy this book and would recommend this to anyone who likes to paint in watermedia. Barbara Nechis provides an approach to creativity in painting that is both thought provoking and pragmatic--a very difficult combination. I particularly like the humor in her tips about the "don't" myths of watercolor painting. There is also frankness in how she takes advantage of "mistakes" that actually illustrates her approach to creativity. She is generous with the techniques that she shares--I have tried them and they really work!
So far what she has proposed as approaches to painting background are the most helpful to me--and other budding artists who are struggling with the balance of painting the subject and the background. Other books talk about planning the whole painting and working on the background first, Barbara gives you enough approaches and techniques for you to try with some confidence for success. I paid full price from a bookstore--still think it is worth every penny. Buy it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Truly inspirational book on how to become creative
I have read and re-reread this book many times, and each time I learn something new.

I marvel at how Barbara Nechis lets the watercolor itself do the painting, and how we, the artist can aid in its completion, from our hearts and subconscious. I enjoy reading books like this which encourage departing from the 'rules' and letting the imagination take over. ... Read more

17. Sharp Focus Watercolor Painting: Techniques for Hot-Pressed Surfaces
by Georg Shook, Gary Witt
 Paperback: 144 Pages (1993-01)
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Traditionally, watercolor paintings have been executed on absorbent, often rough-surfaced papers. This book introduces an exciting new surface on which to work: the hot-pressed surface, an extremely smooth surface which offers more precise definition of edges and highlighting of colors. 70 color plates; 115 illustrations. ... Read more

18. Watercolor Made Simple with Claudia Nice
by Claudia Nice
Paperback: 128 Pages (2003-05-12)
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Asin: 158180251X
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This book is perfect for beginning watercolorists and artists in othermediums interested in trying something new-particularly decorative painters. It assumesthey have absolutely no prior knowledge of watercolor and proceeds from there. Thebasic questions all beginners ask will be explained and illustrated in simple, step-by-step,fail-proof presentations-questions like:"How wet should my paper be?" "What brush should I use?" "How full of paint should my brush be?" "At what point do I stop and what should my painting look like?"

Claudia illustrates not only the terms and techniques associated with watercolor painting,but also shows many examples of common problems beginners have, whey things can gowrong, and how to fix them. She also includes step-by-step exercises to help readers learnand practice each new watercolor technique.Most of all, this book makes learning about watercolor fun by eliminating frustration andgiving beginners a solid foundation on which they can build.

Claudia Nice is a multi-media artist, but prefers pen, ink and watercolor when working inthe field. She has been an art consultant and instructor, has authored fifteen art instructionbook and travels across North America conducting workshops, seminars anddemonstrations at schools, clubs, shops and trade shows. She has recently opened herown teaching studio near Mt. Hood, Oregon. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous watercolor study book
Claudia Nice is a one of a kind watercolorist and her teaching/writing is a wonderful tool for the painter who seeks to improve or expand their technique.Her illustrations are perfect for the one who wishes to paint nature as it truly is.
Nice's books continue to be among the top watercolor books in print.

5-0 out of 5 stars positive comments
The book is well done for a beginner to watercolor.Illustrations very easy to follow.The book was delivered in a timely fashion.No complaints.

5-0 out of 5 stars watercolor made simple with claudia nice
I love this book!I have almost all of ms. nice's books and think they are the greatest!I look at them over and over and hope somday to draw and paint as well as she does.Her books are beautiful!!also very helpful !

5-0 out of 5 stars Watercolor Made Simple with Claudia Nice
Watercolor Made Simple with Claudia Nice is a wonderful book for learning the bare bones of watercolor.It has valuable information on the watercolor wheel. You can keep this book in your library and have an excellent reference in understanding the quality of watercolor. She offers the simple straight forward discussion. Some people may have wished it was printed in a good clean type face as the introduction rather than in typed script. It is a nice script with flourishes.Some I have talked to are distracted by the type. Otherwise a book to buy and maintain in your library in any form available.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Claudia Nice certainly is!
This book was suggested for me since I am a relatively newcomer to watercolor. The person who suggested it has been a painter and teacher for over 70 years(she is 95 and still teaches a small group). She was right its a great book for people such as myself. ... Read more

19. Step-By-Step Guide to Painting Realistic Watercolors
by Dawn McLeod Heim
Paperback: 128 Pages (2000-03)
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Asin: 1581800541
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Detailed explanation of even basic techniques using ten projects of popular subjects. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic instructions!!!
I specifically ordered this book to learn how to paint watercolor. This is the best written book that I have ever found for an instruction manual. The examples are clear, materials are specific, and technique is extremely well written. I have never seen a more precise layout for a painting manual. The pictures are traceble so that artists can begin right away with good watercolor methods!! The way this book is formulated, beginners, intermediates, and pros can find informative material to perfect their painting methods. For me personally as an acrylic painter, I have learned valuable information on a new media.

5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZINGLY WRITTEN!
This author is not only an artist, but more importantly a WRITER and a TEACHER!She assumes no knowledge on the part of her reader, to make sure that her instructions cannot be misunderstood.It's possibly the most readable art instruction book I've ever owned.I sit and enjoy it like a novel.The descriptions and illustrations are so thoroughly detailed, orderly and accurate, that I feel like I'm there doing it.I haven't even tried any of them yet, but I'm so impressed with the writing of the book, I must commend the author on THAT!Also, the subjects chosen as paintings to demontrate may very possibly be the most appealing examples of beautiful watercolors at their finest that I've ever seen in a book like this.They make me WANT to learn the medium!Unlike other books, where I may buy it, only for one or two pictures in it that I'd like to paint...this book is loaded with pictures that I want to paint ALL OF!I've gone through every page of the book, to check the paint color list of each painting, and have already ordered them, exactly as described and recommended.I can't wait to get my art studio properly lit, and my paper ordered to produce the paintings that are in this book!I can't even pick a favorite!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for the paralysed beginner
I have been circling around watercolour painting for some time now and had gone so far as to buy some paints, brushes and paper, but was at a complete loss as to how to actually start.
I bought this book sight unseen on the basis of reviews, and I think it is the best possible book I could have bought. (I have several other 'beginners' watercolour books which have left me more, rather than less, inhibited about starting.)
This book concentrates on teaching specific watercolour techniques in a step-by-step manner, with very precise and detailed instructions on how to load your brush, how to use it, how to mix each colour, and how to do specific techniques such as laying a wash (best description I've read, by a country mile, and it worked - a perfect wash second time), softening edges, lifting out colour, adjusting your work if it isn't right first time, and so on.She takes the guesswork out by providing a series ofinteresting drawings to copy and step by step instructions on how to paint each, and by specifying exact paints and (cheap but good) brushes, which I bought.The exercises are graded - before I started each one I was sure I would make a total mess, but each time the results were very good (would have been excellent if I'd had the patience to do a quick trial of each technique on a scrap piece of paper before going for it).
This is not a fast-and-free approach, but an interesting and fun book which teaches you the basic techniques you will need even if the fast approach suits your personality better.I wholeheartedly recommend it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Not for the beginner.Choices of projects weak.

5-0 out of 5 stars ...
As a young chap, I visited my local Art Gallery here in Bolton (UK) and although I had virtually no interest in art, I found myself mesmerised by the watercolour paintings of Thomas and Paul Sandby (c1700's). Twenty five years later and I still haven't taken a brush to paper - well, not until recently.

Browsing through a bookshop a short while ago, I thumbed through scores of watercolour books and made mental note of how simple the paintings seemed to be. Can't be that difficult can it?

And then....I picked up Dawn's book and was simply amazed by the fine paintings contained therein. Wow! The "Strawberries & Lace" knocked me sideways! I figured that even if I couldn't follow the lessons, my money wouldn't be wasted, because I'd cut out these fine pictures and frame them! :-)

Seriously though, I'd agree with one of the other reviewers and say that this book is perhaps not the ideal beginner's choice. Having said that, this book does serve to inspire you and that's worth more than any amount of "basics".

Don't hesitate....buy it now!

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20. Splash 11 - New Directions: The Best of Watercolor
by Rachel Rubin Wolf
Hardcover: 144 Pages (2010-06-21)
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Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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The Splash series showcases the finest watercolor paintings being created today. You will gain insight into methods of the best contemporary watercolor artists in the 11th edition of this top-selling series. Features over 120 paintings by 111 artists selected from hundreds of watercolor and water-media painters across the world invited to submit work for consideration. Each painting is accompanied by a caption that offers instructive information on the theme of ?new directions? as interpreted by the contributing artists, revealing loads of instructional and inspirational tips on the watercolor medium. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Splash 11-More like a trickle
This latest volume, Splash 11, by North Light Books was a let down for me on several levels. The design of the book and presentation of the art had more of a magazine feel about it. I expected a cleaner less encumbered design, so the art would have a high end "gallery" appearance. Using full bleeds of the art and quotes superimposed on the paintings leaves me feeling cheated. Being a painter, I would not be happy to have my work used like an illustration in what is promoted as an "art" book.

I also have the sense that the images have be cropped? I can't be sure of this but I think I may be correct.

The art would look much better on dull coated stock rather than the glossy paper used here. The weight is fine but a dull coated paper would bring a richness to the layouts.

I think the desginer(s) need to think more along the lines of a gallery catalogue rather than a special magazine issue.

As for the paintings represented, there are several that I found inspirational and many that are just ok.

3-0 out of 5 stars Small splash, little sparkle
I've been with this wonderful watercolor series since book one in 1991 (reviewed and uploaded spreads from eight onwards) but I feel this will be the last edition I'll buy.Eleven, confirms for me at least, that the magic has evaporated.What I loved about the early books (certainly up to eight) was turning the pages and coming across paintings that just stopped me turning.You never knew what would be over the next page, the brush techniques and compositions were just so wonderful and imaginative.There really was a 'Wow' factor and Rachel Rubin Wolf knew how to deliver it book after book.

I noticed a slight change, though in book nine, the exuberance, sheer fun and delight of so many works was missing in my view and this carried on into book ten.Eleven confirms it having looked through it several times and at the same time comparing it to ealier books.

Of course there are some gorgeous watercolors in this book, a few that grabbed me are Nancy Grisby's 'Chop chop' on page fifty-six, a fun still-life with a fresh feel to it; 'Trademark Handshake' by Heidi Parrinello, on page sixty-four, makes glass come alive and on the opposite page Vivian Thierfelder has created a complex still-life composition that I poured over.'Hannah' by Bev Jozwiak on page 106 captures the essence of that great artist Charles Reid (even down to the signature style).There are other great paintings but not that many and oddly I came across several works that I was surprised to see included.They displayed rather unimaginative brush techniques, color use and bland compositions that seemed definitely out of place.

The 126 paintings are presented as previous books: one to a page with useful thoughts from the artists.A couple of annoyances: the overprinting of pull-quotes from the artists and placed on their paintings, this occurs six times throughout the book and really seems unnecessary considering the amount of empty page space; somebody forgot to include the page numbers with the contributors name and address list in the back pages.

The Splash series overall has shown me so many stunning watercolors and I'll be looking through them for a long time to come.It's a pity this latestbook just doesn't deliver the passion, for me.If you are new to the Splash books I suggest you check out prices of earlier volumes, I think they are definitely better.

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3-0 out of 5 stars Splash 11
Relative to previous issues, it's disappointing.Not as many artists as in the past.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Refreshing New Watercolor Compilation
First of all, I need to make a disclaimer. One of my watercolor paintings appears in this book. As a watercolor painter and teacher for over 30 years, I love to collect show catalogs, annuals, and "Best of" compilations that I can share with my students. I want them to be familiar with lots of styles, techniques, and solutions and be exposed to the work of many artists, both famous and unknown. "Splash 11" continues the tradition Rachel Rubin Wolf started many years ago of creating an annual around a theme, allowing each artist to describe his or her methods, techniques, and approach. This book follows the theme "New Directions" and as you might expect each artist reached out in new and different ways using watermedia as the tool of communication. I enjoyed reading the artists' comments and quotes as much as I liked looking at the paintings. And I appreciated the inclusion of skilled, but lesser-known artists as well as the more venerable, but sometimes predictable professionals whose work we've seen time and again. Refreshing. ... Read more

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