One of the most inspiring and informative books 
                              on the art of watercolor painting.

In Watercolor: Simple, Fast, and Focused 
emphasis is placed on "The Big Three"...Simplify, 
Think and Paint Quickly, and Focus. Mel will provide 
you with a simple explanation of "The Big Three" 
which includes all the essential concepts for 
mastering the watercolor medium.  Understanding 
and perfecting the use of these elements in your 
work is interwoven throughout this book. 

Chapters present specific information on equipment, 
design, value pattern, color, painting the figure and 
portrait, and painting outdoors.  Let Mel inspire you by teaching you to work simply, quickly, and with focus.  You can go beyond technique, increase your stature as an artist, and create creditable paintings.

PLEASE NOTE:  After its 5th printing, Watercolor: Simple, Fast, and Focused is out of print.  Copies may still be available at bookstores or through or

                       THE FIGURE IN WATERCOLOR:  
                        SIMPLE, FAST, AND FOCUSED

                           From sketches to finished painting, 
                   learn to capture the essence of your subject.  

Following the footsteps of Mel's first book, 
Watercolor: Simple, Fast, and Focused is his 
second book, The Figure In Watercolor:  Simple, 
Fast, and Focused, which is in its fourth printing.  
Capturing a figure's unique personality and multi-
faceted quality in watercolor is challenging, but Mel 
demonstrates step by step how you can capture the 
figure by painting simply, directly, and with intense 
focus on the "essence" of a person.  You will 
discover tested techniques and hand-on tips for 
painting portraits, people in an environment, groups 
of people, and painting people from photographs.  In addition to drawing and painting the figure, chapters present specific information on materials and equipment, light and shadow, and treating edges.  You will also find valuable advice on design, composition, shape, value, color, and more. 

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Published by Watson-Guptill.  Softcover. 112 pgs.  150 color illustrations.  $19.95. Available at better bookstores and through and

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Send payment to: Mel Stabin, 147 Ashley Place, Park Ridge, New Jersey 07656. Credit cards and PayPal are not accepted.  Please note that if ordering more than one book, each one ordered is sent under separate cover so be sure to include a S&H payment for each book.  Shipments are sent via the United States Postal Service.  For Canadian orders, check must be in US dollars and must be made payable through a US bank or you may send a bank or postal money order made out in US dollars. Please e-mail us for S&H rate.  PLEASE NOTE Let us know whether you would like a signed or unsigned book(s).  If you would like a signed book(s), be sure to let Mel know who you would like the book(s) signed for.  

                 MEL STABIN, AWS