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Photo provided Rose Edin and Dee Jepsen wrote a book called "Color Harmonies: Paint Watercolors Filled with Light."

Edin releases new book on watercolor art

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Color and light.

A fascination with color has guided and challenged Rose Edin over the years of her career as a watercolor artist.

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Studying the great Impressionist artists led her to learn how to achieve the variations of color influenced by light.

The result, in addition to Edin's many paintings, is a book co-authored with Dee Jepsen titled "Color Harmonies: Paint Watercolors Filled with Light."

The book shows readers how to use watercolor to achieve lively, glowing effects. The authors give practical tips for getting started and demonstrate techniques step-by-step.

The basics of drawing and composition are covered as well as how to create a mood or develop a harmony.

Edin illustrated how she achieves the effects and inspires with her gallery of completed paintings, which are beautifully reproduced in the book.

Edin will be signing copies of the book at a special art show and sale at Raedeke Art Gallery in downtown Nisswa. She'll be at the gallery from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14.

"Dee was wonderful to work with, organizing my thoughts and my processes into just the right format for the book," Edin said.

"What a joy it has been for me to work on this book with Rose. She can certainly be counted among the best watercolorists in the country," Jepsen wrote in the preface. "I have personally learned immensely by writing about and studying Rose's work as I labored on this book."

Excerpts from the book are reproduced in the current issue of "Watercolor Artist," a magazine dedicated to the medium.

Edin said her passion for painting and color began when she received her first watercolor set when she was eight years old. She taught art to junior high school students in Staples from 1965-1976.

During that time she began entering her own work in local and statewide competitions.

She is the co-owner of Art Adventures with her husband Stan, a photographer. She has conducted and taught watercolor workshops around the world and together they have led over 35 international Art Adventure tours over the last 30 years.

International workshops have included work for universities and art organizations in many countries including Honduras, South Africa and Norway.

Edin has taught seven to ten art workshops each year for over 30 years. She is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America.

She has authored other art books.

In 1982, Jepsen served as a special assistant to the President in the White House as liaison to women's organizations. She became an international lecturer and commentator on women's issues. She has studied and painted in oil and acrylic for 35 years, but only recently began studying watercolors with Edin.

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