Dover Coloring Book

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This was the first Dover "paint or color" book I ever did, and honestly, the first few pictures looked like a five-year-old had colored them.(Not that there is anything wrong with the artwork of five-year-olds!) So, here is a tip: If you are using watercolors or acrylics, they need to be thinned quite a bit, not applied heavily, as for the Dover Stained Glass coloring books.
One of the other aspects that gave me difficulties was the incompleteness of much of the drawings—the colorist really needs to" fill in the blanks". I'm not saying this is a fault, it just makes for a challenging experience. Happily, after about 4-5 pictures, I finally "got it" and ended up with some truly exquisite works. Some of my favorites were the "Secret Garden," "Southern Azalea Garden," "Oriental Garden," and my two masterpieces,"Seaside Garden" and "Western Cactus Garden." If I have any negative comments, it would be that some of these should have been developed better, such as the "Herb Garden," and some of the perspectives and angles were really off, as in the "Garden Room." (I really like Dot Barlowe's books, and this has never been a problem before.)
So here they are, five that DO look like the work of an adult. For some reason, these were very difficult to photograph. The pictures really do not do them justice.

Western Cactus Garden

Estate Garden

Oriental Garden

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Southern Azalea Garden

Seaside Garden

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