%% This is a multi-book review: SEE also the title "The Watercolorist's Essential Notebook". SEE the title "Splash 6." for next imprint and review text. %% ((Reviewed March 1, 2000)) Copyright 2000 Booklist ReviewsReview by Library Journal Reviews
Any birdwatcher who has tried to identify a bird from most guidebooks knows how rarely the illustrations resemble the real thing. This is more often the fault of the birds. They are hard to see behind leaves, harder to photograph, and don't stay still. Porter has had 25 years' experience painting birds and, wisely, begins teaching the unique skills of avian observation before mentioning paint. One learns the way wings fold, the way light falls on feathers, and the way a claw grasps a branch. From details, Porter works outward to familiar attitudes and poses and the painting of backgrounds. An excellent choice for beginners, this would work especially well with Bart Rulon's Artist's Photo Reference: Birds (LJ 3/15/99). Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.