Review: The Watercolor Course You’ve Always Wanted by Leslie Frontz


I’ve been drawn in by another painting book.  I’ve been on the lookout for one for a while as the ones I got from the library a while ago just weren’t what I needed.  When I draw or paint, I have to  use a photo of whatever the subject is.  I’ve never been any good at drawing what is in front of me; it’s just the way my mind processes images.  Even if I sit with a view ahead of me, I find it easier to take a photo of that view and then use the photo as a guide…I hope that makes sense!


The first thing I notice about this book, is that a lot of the painting guides start with a photo for a subject, which is just perfect for me.  Each painting demonstration provides small steps to reach the final painted picture, including how to analyse the photo your are painting.  I like how you are told to turn the photograph upside-down in order to block the main shapes.  There is a great chapter on how to choose the colours you need for a particular landscape or mood.


When painting with watercolours in the past, I have always had trouble with the paper bubbling or curling at the edges, even when taped down.  A method shown in this book is one which I am eager to try; using a piece of hardwood, you wet your paper first and then stretch it onto the wood, stapling it in place ready for painting.  I’ve already been out to the store to get my wood!


I’m planning on getting started soon with the painting…wish me luck!

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

5 thoughts on “Review: The Watercolor Course You’ve Always Wanted by Leslie Frontz

  1. An interesting review, sounds like this book is inspiring you! Your post has reminded me that I want to do more painting!

    I went to an art class once, and the guy told me to use photographs because the eye is able to detect thousands of different variations in tone and colour – a photograph reduces this to a more manageable level – I think it makes sense.

    I have trouble with bobbling paper I found blocking it as you described useful although rather than staples (which might end up damaging the board) you could try Gumstrip you dampen the back (like a stamp) which makes it stick solid and keep the paper flat – it is like brown packaging tape.

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