Experimental Flowers in Watercolour: Creative Techniques for Painting Flowers and Plants

Experimental Flowers in Watercolour: Creative Techniques for Painting Flowers and Plants

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By (author) Ann Blockley

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  • Publisher: Batsford Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 228mm x 256mm x 16mm | 780g
  • Publication date: 2 August 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1906388776
  • ISBN 13: 9781906388775
  • Illustrations note: 130 colour
  • Sales rank: 13,789

Product description

Well-known watercolour painter Ann Blockley presents flowers through a variety of interpretations, from traditional to unconventional in both technique and concept. In this exciting new book she really pushes the boundaries of watercolour, showing how to paint a stunning range of flowers throughout the seasons. Everyone loves to paint flowers in spring and summer but Ann inspires you to paint dramatic seedheads, foliage, fruit and berries in winter, as well as the more traditional flowers and blossoms. She also demonstrates how to create exciting textures by using collage materials like glitter, sequins, salt and gold paint. Divided by seasons into four sections, Experimental Flowers in Watercolour is a practical and inspirational book aimed at the more experienced flower painter who wishes to take their painting to the next level.

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Author information

Ann Blockley is a well-known watercolourist with an international reputation. She is author of seven bestselling practical art books, including Experimental Flowers in Watercolour and Experimental Landscapes in Watercolour, both published by Batsford. Ann runs her own very popular watercolour courses, teaches at international workshops, has made three DVDs of her painting techniques and regularly writes for The Artist magazine. She lives in Gloucestershire.

Table of contents

Introduction 6 Experimental flowers in watercolour 8 Paint experiments and colour doodles 10 Watercolour and mixed media 12 Surface textures 14 Spring 16 Exploratory sketches 18 Finding inspiration 20 Getting started 22 Playing with ideas 24 Background 26 A fresh look at composition 28 Creative mark making 30 Challenging yellows 32 Using the white of the paper 34 Working spontaneously 36 Exploring watercolour 38 Experimenting with shapes 40 Capturing the essence 42 Choosing a format 44 Summer 46 Exploring a theme 48 Being original 52 Expressive leaves 54 Interpreting your subject 56 Avoiding the literal 58 Starting with collage 60 Choosing your subject 62 Developing ideas 64 Moving on 66 Telling a story 68 The decorative approach 70 Working from life 72 Creating drama 74 Emphasis and echoes 76 Looking for abstract qualities 78 Experimental flower centres 80 Using paper collage 82 Autumn and Winter 84 Vibrant colour 86 Sparkling light 87 Paint textures 88 Leaving something to the imagination 90 Finding your own style 92 Hedgerow tangles 94 Torn and cut paper edges 96 Working creatively 98 Shapes and pattern 100 Using a restrained palette 102 Coloured drawings 103 Tonal values 104 Working with gesso 106 Winter skeletons 108 Finding a fresh approach 110 Food for thought 112 Flowers in the landscape 114 Index 127