The Modern Flower Painter (inbunden)
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The Modern Flower Painter (inbunden)

The Modern Flower Painter

Creating Vibrant Botanical Portraits in Watercolour

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Inbunden Engelska, 2014-04-23
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Anna Mason's exceptional floral artwork has won awards from the Royal Horticultural Society, International Artist magazine and seen her elected to the prestigious Society of Botanical Artists. In this book, she shares her innovative watercolour technique so that you can paint flowers in her clean, crisp style. The book covers every aspect of painting modern botanical-style portraits of flowers, from tips on gathering your reference to Anna's six stage watercolour process. There are instructions on setting up your studio and how to produce the detailed drawings. Each of the six step-by-step projects is accompanied by an outline drawing, tonal notes and useful colour swatches so that you can compare the tone and hue of your mixes to Anna's own. This all builds into a fantastic guide that will inspire and challenge the experienced watercolour artist, while drawing in and reassuring the complete beginner.
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This is an utterly gorgeous book! Based on her tried and tested six-step approach Anna has designed her book to be a manual on technique, a source of inspiration and also as she describes; 'the voice of kindness encouraging you to keep practising so that you too can enjoy painting to the full' The beautiful full colour illustrations are incredibly detailed and with step-by-step instructions to help you create your own versions. We absolutely loved it! Highly Recommended! * Hot Brands Cool Places * October 2014 Anna Mason is an award winning artist and is a board member of the Society of Botanical Artists. Here she shares her methods for painting modern, botanical-style flower portraits and the book gives detail of Anna's six stage watercolour process. The included six step-by-step projects had an outline drawing, tonal notes and colour swatches. The book is a good guide that is an asset to a complete beginner but also challenges the experiences watercolour artist. * Cake Craft & Decoration * Apr 14 This really rather attractive book is pitched somewhere between the basic guides to flower painting and the more technical botanical illustration works. Anna Mason's technique involves a six-stage process that starts with the highlights, which are normally in the centre of the flower, and works outwards, adding details, tints and contrasts so that shapes and depth are built up progressively while preserving the main form. There is also plenty of information on painting methods and the use of colour, but these assume a reasonable amount of basic knowledge, so that you don't spend half the book wading through stuff you should know already. The overall approach is busy and varied and the concentration is on the painting rather than the flowers - that's to say, it's about creating a work of art rather than recording a specific species. There is, however, plenty of variety (more than varieties) and examples of different flower types, shapes and colours. If you're looking for a book that takes you on from the basics but isn't obsessed with botanical details, this would be perfect. The demonstrations, while working within the aforementioned six-stage process, have a reasonable number of steps so that while you're not shown every brushstroke, neither are you pitched from one completed section to another and wondering how you got there. * * November 2014 This comprehensive book provides a little more detail in the method of painting than some previous guides to botanical illustration. Anna's six-stage process starts with the highlights, which are usually at the centre of the main flower and works outwards from there, adding tones and contrasts before putting in the final details. In the demonstrations, each stage may have more than one step, so there are no large jumps that leave you wondering what happened in between. There is a good balance between the basics of flower painting and the specifics of individual examples. The book is nicely placed between the introductory guides and the more advanced titles that assume a considerable degree of prior experience and sometime sacrifice detail for quantity of subjects an species. * Artist, The * May 14 As this is one of Search Press' occasional hardcover books, expect a visual treat and something rather special. Flowers lend themselves to lushly illustrated large format books like this one and this book lives up to its subtitle of "creating vibrant botanical portraits in watercolour". The book is in two halves, firstly getting to grips with the materials and secondly several staged paintings to work through. You can find some outlines at the back to trace so here is a nod to the popular Ready To Paint series that ought to work well with beginners, and those new to watercolor. The pictures here are well described as portraits, and combine the botanical appearance of old prints with a modern, vibrantly colorful approach. There are all the usual feature

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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 painting style that she wants to share with as many people as possible. It is her mission to get as many people enjoying the therapeutic benefits of watercolour painting as well as getting the kind of results they want. Anna won the Royal Horticultural Society's Gold Medal and Best in Show award 2007; has paintings in the RHS Lindley Library Collection and also the Shirley Sherwood Collection; and was the Grand Prize Winner in International Artist Magazine for 'Strawberries Everest' 2011. She was elected to the Society of Botanical Artists 2013, and was a juror for the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI) exhibition 'Plants, Birds & Pollinators - Art Serving Science' 2013. She lives in Surrey and teaches at RHS Wisley & West Dean College. Join her inspiring online painting school at:


Introduction 6 About the author 8 Material 10 Getting started 16 Reference material 18 Setting up your workspace 21 Drawing 22 Painting colour 26 Learning to see 28 Working with watercolour 32 Painting tone 34 Painting hue 38 Mixing hue 42 Brush techniques 48 Holding your brush 50 Applying the paint 50 Painting flowers 56 The six stages of painting 58 Flower portraits 70 Step-by-step project: Clematis 72 Step-by-step project: Viola 78 Step-by-step project: Cosmos 86 Step-by-step project: Tulips 94 Step-by-step project: Oriental Poppy 102 Step-by-step project: Dahlia 114 Outlines 124 Index 128