Anna Mason's Watercolour World (inbunden)
Inbunden (Hardback)
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Search Press Ltd
350 Illustrations, color
282 x 221 x 18 mm
908 g
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Anna Mason's Watercolour World (inbunden)

Anna Mason's Watercolour World

Create Vibrant, Realistic Paintings Inspired by Nature

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Inbunden Engelska, 2018-03-27
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Anna Mason's vibrant, detailed and uplifting watercolours have earned her worldwide recognition. In this, her second book, she goes beyond flowers to explore her inspirations from across the natural world, including fruit, birds and animals. The book gives you a very personal insight into Anna's way of working; with clarity and warmth she will help you find inspiration, choose scale and composition, see things correctly and work with discipline and flow until you produce fabulous work of your own. Packed with advice and inspiring finished pieces, this gorgeous book guides you through her method of working with four beautiful step-by-step projects: a blackberry, an autumn leaf, a sunflower and a garden bird. Each project contains a traceable outline. The book is suitable for beginners or for more experienced artists looking to refine their style or try new techniques.
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This engaging guide to painting a wide variety of natural subjects is packed with information and inspiration. Anna's illustrations are particularly clear and enlarged images allow you to see the individual brushstrokes that make up the shading on a single blackberry or the detailing the feathers of a blue tit. This is an intriguing, enthralling and thoroughly enjoyable book. -- The SAA * The SAA Catalogue 19/20 * This book is beautifully illustrated and has excellent small exercises to complete. Some Silk Painters may be slightly irritated by yet another 'Watercolour book Review' which is understandable, however there are so few exclusively silk painting books from which to choose we have to draw knowledge and practice from the nearest medium. Anna has a very practical approach to painting explaining colour, form and texture, by breaking down images into shapes of colour. Whilst silk paints and dyes may differ in colour we can easily substitute colours to achieve the same effects on pre-treated silk. The exercised are easy to follow, all depicting some aspect of nature. I could spend many hours just browsing this book, knowing full well I would learn some valuable snippets to use in my own paintings. * International Journal of the Guild of Silk Painters * This book is glorious in every sense, from the beautiful cover to the absolutely stunning paintings throughout the book, this is something to bring joy on the dullest of days. Simply to sit and turn the pages is a wonderful source of inspiration, but the detail is outstanding. it's easy to forget that they are paintings, her paintings are so realistic you want to touch a petal, or bite into an apple. In the Introduction Anna shares her take on her world, 'Those precious moments, the kind that makes you stop in your tracks and feel grateful to be alive are what inspire my watercolours' . Throughout the book she shares her inspiration tips and her love of gardening. This beautiful book is packed full of helpful advice, how to garden, how to photograph, and how to paint from those photographs, how to understand colour, form and texture. Anna also describes in detail her 5 stage painting method, how to draw as well as helpful advice on selecting brushes, paper and paints. Four projects are broken down into the key details. The final chapter is about Improvement and also the importance of taking a break from your painting to gain a new perspective. Anna also has a second book, equally inspirational, The Modern Flower Painter - Creating Vibrant Botanical Portraits in Watercolour. Both books would be a wonderful source of inspiration to any artist whether a beginner, or more experienced, Very Highly Recommended! * My Creative Notebook * This stunning book has a magnificent quality of reproduction. This matters, because Anna paints with considerable detail and many of the illustrations are, I think, slightly oversize, so that her brushstrokes are easily analysed. Anna's subject matter is flowers, fruit, leaves and birds and the core of the book are the very nicely presented demonstrations that show how colour and detail are built up. These are more analytical than some of the more brushstroke-by-brushstroke ones and should satisfy the needs of the more advanced worker at whom this is aimed. On top of this, the progression is by approach and method, so the demonstrations are not seen in isolation, but as part of a holistic treatment. This is a quite radically different book and it contains much to like. -- Henry Malt * The Artist, September 2018 * July 2018 Aimed predominantly at beginners or more experienced artists looking to try new techniques, Anna Mason's Watercolour World explores how to paint the natural world in watercolour, including fruit, birds and animals. From choosing your subject to the right composition techniques and good working practice, Anna guides you every step with plenty of advice and inspiring paintings. Detailed step-by-step proje

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Anna Mason grew up surrounded by the lush English countryside and has always been inspired by the intricate detail and colourful beauty in the natural world. Completely self-taught, Anna has developed a true-to-life watercolour style that is accessible to the beginner and more advanced painter alike. It is her mission to help people develop their creative confidence and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of painting, as well as helping them get results they can be proud of. Anna's won several awards for her own work, including the Royal Horticultural Society's Gold Medal in 2007. Her paintings are held in prominent public collections and she has taught and exhibited widely in the UK and US, including at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show. Anna lives in Surrey with her husband and young son. Her popular blog has inspired prospective painters from all over the world to pick up their brushes. Take a free video class and join Anna's online painting school at:


Welcome to my world 6 How I got here 8 The Inspiration 10 Being in nature 12 Being in gardens 14 The act of gardening 16 The experience of painting 18 The Approach 20 Detail and impact 22 Small subjects painted big 24 Painting from photographs 28 Photographing tips 30 Composing with your camera 32 It has to click for you 34 Realism 36 Understanding colour 38 Form and texture 40 'Tuning in' to see visual textures 42 The Painting Method 46 My method: a 5-stage process 48 Drawing 50 Drawing process 52 Painting: my paints 54 Consistency and colour mixing 56 Brushes 62 Paper 63 Brush techniques 64 Transitions 68 The Projects 70 Blackberry 72 Maple Leaf 84 Sunflower 92 Blue Tit 102 Keys to Improving 116 Practice right 118 Exercises for practice 120 Making practice happen 124 Trust the method 126 Taking a strategic break 130 Sharing 134 Where you're heading: flow 136 Outline drawings 140 Index 144