Painting Moving Water

Surface Energy

Non-Fiction - Self Help
211 Pages
Reviewed on 06/06/2015
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite

Painting Moving Water - Surface Energy by Ev Hales focuses on the kinds of movement that accompany a body of water and explores different ways to interpret this moving liquid mass as a painting subject. The words descriptive of the character of moving water like pounding waves, burbling brook, pelting rain, thundering waterfall, rushing river, gurgling stream or gushing fountain evoke a visual image and associated rhythmic element. When translated into a painting, Ev mentions the importance of the elements of painting, the brush, canvas, paint etc all contributing to creating the rhythmic element appropriately. Techniques to be employed for different painting surfaces, various brushes as well as different water surfaces are discussed. Attention is paid even to such subtle but important issues like when to paint water first, using brush marks to differentiate areas, what color should represent water and when, and using shore line to create the desired effect.

Painting Moving Water - Surface Energy by Ev Hales is a helpful book for those attempting to paint water surface related scenes. Having attempted painting myself, I can appreciate the difficulty one will feel in bringing the ‘character’ of the subject to the painting, however accurate one's selection of colors might be. With the advice given by Ev on matters related to other areas of painting, like selection of brushes, adopting appropriate strokes, choosing canvas types, or adding depth, this book can become another companion for a painter. Good plates and a large number of examples add to its value.