Reviews - What do customers think about Painting Coastal Scenes (Watercolour Tips and Techniques)?
Painting Coastal Scenes (watercolors) Jun 23, 2008
The book arrived in great shape and quickly. The paintings in it are great, but not very colorful. I felt the book had a lot to offer, though, so it was worth the price.
Painting Coastal Scenes Jul 1, 2007
Well known artist Ray Campbell Smith shows how to paint with watercolors a subject that can be a challange to paint yet in a easy to understand way. Painting Coastal scenes is a great book that will help the painter understand a much easier way to record the coastal life. Ray Campbell Smith is a another great artist much like Ron Ranson. The paintings in the book hold fantastic loose brush work in a low key style.
Dull subjects, ok tutorials Feb 28, 2007
While I liked the tutorials in "Painting Coastal Scenes", I found the subject matter and color palettes dull indeed. However, this is English (clench your teeth when you say "English") watercolour and this means that natural light, and monotone scenes that reproduce a foggy landscape or waterscape are to be admired and emulated.
There were a few interesting tutorials on painting boats and shine on water, but very few that dealt with how to represent marshy plantlife on gleaming water. This book seems to be more suited to the OTHER side of the pond. If you live on an estuary (as I do) you will need to check some other sources of painterly expression...unless you happen to like Mr. Smith's style of watercolor. I found it dull and boring, though truthful to its subject. I was looking for a different way to represent this subject and this book simply did not inspire me at all.