Practical Landscape Painting by David Hollis

Art review time! and as some of you might know, I have been investing a huge part of my time with watercolors so any watercolor book catches my attention. Have you tried watercolors before?


Practical Landscape Painting:
Materials, Techniques & Projects
by David Hollis

Keywords: non-fiction, educational, arts, painting, illustrated, basic skills, techniques, step-by-step, learn as you go.
*Paperback, 96 pages
Published April 5th 2018 by Ivy Press



As the title implies, this is a practical approach to traditional landscape painting. It is divided into “lessons” that focus on teaching a specific technique or subject: washes, skies, tonal range, texture and pattern, color and composition, foliage in the landscape, perspective and shadow. Each lesson has a project, which consists of a step by step painting of a landscape scene (I loved that!). All the landscapes are based on real locations from around the world like Arizona, West Coast of Scotland, Hawaiian Beach Palms, Petra, Ireland, etc. The book presentation is also fabulous. After reviewing several books by Quarto Publishing and noticing that they all have a great presentation, I can already tell it is going to be a treat for the eyes.

This lovely book inspired me to travel and paint! There is something really beautiful about recording your experiences with your own drawings and paintings instead of just taking pictures. I would recommend it for those who know at least the very basics of watercolor and are not completely unfamiliar with the medium (Advanced beginners and up). If you are a complete beginner and have no idea (or feel intimidated) if I say “French Ultramarine”, you could find the project instructions overwhelming, but if you just want to fall in love with the techniques and get some inspiration, then don’t let the explanations daunt you and give it a try.

*I got my eArc from Quarto Publishing Group – Ivy Press. Thank you!


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About Alicia

I enjoy sharing my love for good books with other people. I wish you can find the type of books meant for you. Art is my passion. Both activities allow me to travel to imaginary places, learn, grow and share my journey with others. Feel free to join me, I love company.


  1. Love your art and reviews! πŸ˜˜πŸ’‹


  2. I loved the literal step by step approach too – it’s really helpful and good for watercolors, because they are quite tricky, even though it looks easy.

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  3. I’ve always wanted to start watercolours!!!… I am absolute garbage at art… I have all these wonderful ideas, but they don’t seem to translate to a page when I try. I need a machine that will rip my ideas out if my head so someone else can create them! These lessons sound interesting and well paced, though. πŸ’–πŸ»

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