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Direct Watercolor on Sale!

February 25, 2018

Just to say, Direct Watercolor, is reduced price right now on Amazon Canada – regular $31.36, now on sale $24.59.

In the USA <affiliate link, thx) it’s only a few dollars off – regular $24.95, now for $22.46.

I’m not entirely sure how Amazon decides these things, or how long it will be on, but it’s nice to see a price break for fellow Canadians! I just want to say – big thanks to everyone who’s ordered already! Things are going very well in the first week. We came out at #1 and #2 for ebook and print charts in Amazon’s watercolor category! ~m


22 Comments leave one →
  1. February 25, 2018 6:03 PM

    Very nice book…definitely 5 stars on Amazon. Direct watercolor painting is a challenge but you make it look so effortless.

  2. trentbauman permalink
    February 25, 2018 6:03 PM

    Thanks for the hint. I just placed my order. Looking forward to its arrival.

  3. February 25, 2018 6:42 PM

    Got mine yesterday to add to your other one I own! (have also taken your craftsy class). CONGRATULATIONS 🎈🎊🎉🍾 BEAUTIFUL images GREAT tutorials. Love seeing how you develop a painting. So informative. Well done, happy to have it in my extensive “urban sketching” library. ‼️THANKS‼️

  4. Randall Laue permalink
    February 25, 2018 7:02 PM

    Wonderful! Came today!!!!

  5. Susan Garci permalink
    February 25, 2018 7:28 PM

    I loved your book, in terms of simple steps and things to consider when painting directly. Thank you!

  6. ink2art permalink
    February 25, 2018 7:47 PM

    Thanks Marc….have ordered….

  7. jcbrown2017 permalink
    February 25, 2018 7:53 PM

    Already purchased, received from Amazon…. And have done my first read through! Really enjoyed. My first look Marc. Can’t wait for time to really study it! Thanks !

    Continue to enjoy your blog, work and all you do!


  8. February 25, 2018 9:12 PM

    Hi Marc, i was introduced to you online and mentioned by Anne-Laure in her videos and in Brittany . Since then i have subscribed to your site and have just purchased your book. Looks beautiful. Hopefully wont take too long coming to Australia. X kat

  9. joofacton permalink
    February 26, 2018 5:23 AM

    Merci!!! Tooo bad I was so fast. At airport. Fastest we have ever been through immigration etc. Now we sit and wait.



  10. Jason Mullins permalink
    February 26, 2018 7:29 AM

    I am enjoying your book Marc! Very inspiring!

  11. Margaret Mankin permalink
    February 26, 2018 8:49 AM

    Hello Marc, just ordered your book ,can’t wait to see it! Wishing you all the best on your life’s path.

  12. Mary Van Kleunen permalink
    February 26, 2018 12:31 PM

    Just ordered. Thanks!

  13. Antje permalink
    February 26, 2018 2:30 PM

    I ordered it on Amazon Germany as soon as I saw your blog post last week and it arrived the next day! I am absolutely impressed, both about your book (it’s amazing, a game-changer!) and by how quickly I held it in my hot little hands!

  14. K Wesson permalink
    February 26, 2018 8:47 PM

    Looking forward to receiving it. You deserve all the kudos. You’ve always been so generous in sharing your talent and expertise. Good luck with future ventures.

  15. tmikeporter permalink
    February 28, 2018 12:27 PM

    Marc – you signed your previous book for me. Is it better for you to buy it direct from you or is that possible?

    • February 28, 2018 12:49 PM

      Hey Mike – sounds great! wan’t to email me at marc(dot)taro(at)gmail(dot)com and we can figure out the shipping?

  16. Yvonne permalink
    March 4, 2018 2:24 PM

    Marc, I always admired your work (and still do) and practicality when painting outdoors. I have and read most of your urban sketching book and always enjoy your tutorials, including your Craftsy class. Therefore I ordered your Direct Watercolor book as I know you have started liking non-sketch painting more and more so I figured I would contribute to your bottom line and enjoy more of your work at the same time. I just started reading it, but from the get go I was rather put off by a comment you made on page 8: “We are not aiming for photo-realism: That isn’t the domain of watercolor. If you want photo-real, take a picture. Or paint on a more flexible and forgiving media.” I understand you are warning readers YOUR book and style within is not photo-realistic, i get that, but it appears to be a rather uninformed statement, when saying watercolor is not a suitable media for photo realism, IMHO. There are many watercolor photo-realistic artists out there, and the fact that perhaps you do not like that form of painting or cannot achieve photo-realism when you use watercolors, it does not mean watercolors are not “suitable” for this type of art. If you are at all interested, check out just one example (but there are many more, this is the first one that comes to mind!), check out Ana Mason’s work, she is in the UK and does simply amazing photo-realistic watercolor work with many, many accolades to date. I will carry on reading your book as I am sure it will be very informative and entertaining! Again, I continue to like your work and teachings, but was rather surprised that you would print the statement above in a book! It reminds me of Bill Gates decades ago who said ” …noone will EVER need more than 100MB of storage…” when asked if he was planning on releasing PCs in the near future with more disk storage :-)

    • March 4, 2018 3:28 PM

      Thanks for the comment Yvonne! Let me say – if you maybe felt I was criticizing other people, well I guess that didn’t come across as I intended. It should be ok to say ‘I don’t like cheese and will never eat it’, while at the same time, it’s fine if you like cheese and please do bring some to the party. (For instance :)

      BUT _ I do feel there are significant advantages to Oil or Digital in the realm of photorealism – because you can make corrections with opaque media. Watercolor is not suited to corrections. Whereas watercolor IS marvelously suited toward spontaneity in a way that these other media will not do. (They don’t have the same suspension of pigment). So, I hold to my statement :) Just because you *can* (and many do) make rendered realism with water, does not mean it’s the *best* suited to this realm. And because you *cannot* make suspended pigment do the same things in any other way (in general) – I think you should use each medium for its strength.

      I’m sure the realist watercolorists could come over and show me why they do it their way – and why I’m wrong. – but I also think I won’t change my own mind on that. They win all the awards anyway so I’m sure they don’t mind what I say :)

    • March 4, 2018 3:30 PM

      And thanks for your kind support too! if I forgot to say:)

      • Yvonne permalink
        March 8, 2018 10:30 PM

        Marc, thank you for taking the time to reply and not getting offended! I deeply regretted posting it for one reason: bottom line it is your book and you can print anything you want, lol! I get your point though. I like almost all styles. I saw you doing those little people on direct watercolor and they look flat out awesome. It made me want to try it :) Besides, it is a little less daunting than a whole landscape or cityscape! I still like the black lines too, so thank goodness i do not have to pick a single style!! I took a stab at sketching some people yesterday. I was watching my daughter music rehearsal with an orchestra, i was siting behind everyone. I drew 2 of the kids and was surprised at how easy it was, BUT, that was because i drew them from behind! When i tried to sketch the conductor, i butchered it – the face is way harder! It was so bad indeed my dauther busted out laughing when she saw it, and took a picture to show it to her friends :-) i will keep at it though, as it can not get any worse! Thanks again, and i am highly enjoying your latest book!

  17. tmikeporter permalink
    March 5, 2018 8:41 PM

    Mine arrived two days ago. I especially like how you track your evolution. Helpful the way you explain how you did the paintings.


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