A Field Guide to Color: Watercolor Explorations in Hues, Tints, Shades, and Everything in Between by Lisa Solomon

A Field Guide to Color: Watercolor Explorations in Hues, Tints, Shades, and Everything in Between by Lisa Solomon

Play with paint, get creative with color, and discover your personal palette–a joyful, interactive workbook for creativity, self-expression, and deepening your understanding of how color works.

Color is one of the most profound ways we have to express ourselves. In this lively workbook for artists, graphic designers, hobbyists, and creators of all types, you will journal your way through fresh and enriching ways to develop a more personal connection to color in your art and life. Using watercolors, gouache, or any other water-based medium, dive into color theory and explore your personal style while playing with a balanced blend of experiments and color meditations. Discover a personal color wheel while exploring tints and shades. Experiment with color mixing while you make as many of one color as you can – and then name them all (honeydew green, avocado green, mint ice cream…). Through playful prompts and inspiring examples, and with lots of room for painting, this book will guide you to a new or expanded relationship with color and deepen your understanding of what color can do for you.

A Field Guide to Color: Watercolor Explorations in Hues, Tints, Shades, and Everything in BetweenA Field Guide to Color: Watercolor Explorations in Hues, Tints, Shades, and Everything in Between by Lisa Solomon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

FTC disclosure: I would like to thank Roost Books for providing me with an advance reader copy via access to the galley for free through the NetGalley program.

Such a fun, hands-on way to learn about watercolor from a book! I’d recommend this to anyone, whether you’re new to watercolor painting or a seasoned artist. It would make a great gift and an excellent time at a paint party, family time, and small group crafting clubs.

I have only recently started to pick up painting about a year ago, something I hadn’t done since probably high school. I’d classify myself as more of a novice, especially when it comes to watercolor and understanding color specifically. I learned a lot going through all the color exercises.

This book is well organized with fun activities and clear instruction. The overall content of the book as far as communication of color concept and application was intriguing and easy to follow.

I enjoyed the author’s methods, pacing, and personality that she brought into the book. It was wonderful to experience learning from art book from someone who conveys as much enthusiasm as she did. It really felt like I was taking a class in person, built on solid theory with personal experiences and touches on topics such as color meditation exercises which I had never heard of before. It was really good practice for me, especially the color matching and graduated color exercises which also incorporated learning shapes and lines.

There were a lot of amazing resources in the back including additional book recommendations, tools, supplies, and shops. I am excited to check out the classes offered as recommended by the book which can be found at Creativebug.

Because it’s set up like a workbook and I received a digital ARC, I was not able to try painting on the pages that are included in the published book, so I used my own watercolor paper and therefore, I cannot comment on that neat feature of the book other than it’s a really wonderful idea!

Check out my and my sister’s watercolor art from our paint party below.

MY FAVORITES LINES:

“My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;
So be it when I shall grow old,
Or let me die!
The Child is father of the Man;
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.”

~My Heart Leaps Up, a poem by William Wordsworth

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My watercolor art.

Self Portrait (watercolor) | Erica Robbin
Self Portrait (watercolor) | Erica Robbin
Hibiscus (watercolor) | Erica Robbin
Hibiscus (watercolor) | Erica Robbin

My sister’s watercolor work from our paint party.

Piano Room (watercolor) | SillySallyMoon
Piano Room (watercolor) | SillySallyMoon
Sleeping in the Lily Pond (watercolor) | SillySallyMoon
Sleeping in the Lily Pond (watercolor) | SillySallyMoon
Morning Coffee (watercolor) | SillySallySomething
Morning Coffee (watercolor) | SillySallySomething
Evening Tea (watercolor) | SillySallySomething
Evening Tea (watercolor) | SillySallySomething

My sister is amazing at watercolor, you can see more of her artwork here. I hope to paint like her someday!

Do you paint or want to try learning watercolor painting?

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