Painting flowers is a joyful experience - to capture and celebrate the colour, form and beauty of flowers in watercolour is an endlessly exciting pursuit. This book encourages you to experiment and play when you paint, to enjoy the process of creating a painting, and to develop your own style as you observe and render either a single stem or a full floral abstract. By moving from the tight constraints of botanical illustration, it encourages a looser style of floral painting that allows for a more personal and unique interpretation of the subject. Contents include: Observational skills - the importance of looking closely at a subject to see detail in a new way; Understanding your materials and equipment - looks at traditional tools and paints, but also how photography and other digital media can be used to the artist's advantage; Inspiration and design ideas - suggest ways to express emotions by experimenting with colour, shapes, concepts and narrative. Demonstrations, exercises, studio tips and projects guide the way, but the book's emphasis is on developing your own ideas and styles through creative experimentation. Beautifully illustrated with 273 colour images.
Anyone can be a rock artist! Just paint along with the easy-to-follow, step-by-step photographs. You don't need a green thumb to grow these bloomin' beauties - just some ordinary rocks and acrylic paint. Step-by-step instructions (with lots of pictures) make it fun and easy to paint your own rock tulips, daisies, petunias, daffodils and other flowers. They'll brighten any corner of your home, they make great gifts - and they're guaranteed not to wilt!
Charles Reid is one of watercolor's best-loved teachers, a master painter whose signature style captures bright floral still-lifes with a loose spontaneity that adds immeasurably to the whole composition. Portraying the glory of nature in a highly individual way is the ultimate challenge for all painters, and with this book, Charles Reid shares with you the instruction and advice you need to paint fruits, vegetables and flowers that glow. Special "assignments" and step-by-step demonstrations help you master techniques for superior brushwork, edge control, and composition. You'll learn to paint wild daffodils, roses, mums, sunflowers, lilacs, tomatoes, avocados, oranges, strawberries, jars, coffeepots, wine bottles and more. Reid also shows you how to paint flowers in any environment, from the tranquility of a warm kitchen to a windswept beach in Bermuda. You'll create a garden of floral glories--compositions that burst with light, color and realism. Best of all, as your proficiency for capturing the essence of flowers builds, so too will your personal style. Soon your paintings will depict the beauty of nature in your own individual fashion. Let Charles Reid show you how to create beautiful watercolor florals from start to finish!
"Jill Winch is an award-winning botanical artist and has been teaching people to paint and draw flowers for many years. In this delightful book, she teaches the key skills for making successful paintings of flowers. She breaks the process down into manageable steps, taking examples from a wide range of flowers. Throughout the book, Jill's own beautiful paintings provide inspiration and guidance."--Provided by Amazon.com.
This highly inspirational yet practical guide to flower painting provides a unique opportunity to discover the approaches and techniques used by acclaimed artist Julie Collins in her strikingly beautiful, contemporary work. Julie guides the reader through the materials she uses as well as her colour mixing and compositional techniques, giving a unique insight into the workings behind her creative process. She then explores in detail the techniques she uses to put her ideas down on paper with such success - clear explantion is accompanied throughout by step demonstrations, exercises and a stunning collection of finished artworks. She then moves on to explore advanced techniques such as painting abstracts and white flowers, as well as a rare insight into vellum work and the incredible levels of detail this can produce.
A celebration of light Light has the power to make an ordinary flower extraordinary. Inside, Jan Kunz shares simple, step-by-step techniques for capturing that celebrated “glow” in watercolor. A classic approach to a timeless subject, this encore publication of Kunz’s best-selling book covers a fabulous range of inspirations, from lilacs artfully arranged in a sterling vase to daisies skipping along a picket fence. Beautifully illustrated pages feature: • 20 special floral painting techniques • 6 paint-along demonstrations, complete with preliminary drawings • a comparison chart of 21 pigments and their special uses for the flower painter • coverage of everything from selecting materials and arranging flowers, to mixing glazes for radiant effects Kunz explains how composition, color theory and other important elements of painting apply to painting flowers, distilling years of experience into key techniques artists can take straight to their work for sparkling results. It’s the perfect pick for artists who want to spend more time at the easel and less time reading about it. www.artistsnetwork.com Ideas. Instruction. Inspiration.
You can paint beautiful blooms, step by step! Sunflowers, orchids, daffodils, lilies...your brush can bring these and more to life with Paint Watercolor Flowers. Master watercolorist Birgit O'Connor guides you every step of the way, from selecting essential watercolor supplies, to practicing basic painting techniques, to capturing the unique details of a variety of flowers, to showing them off in striking, color-rich compositions. Learn how to paint nine different flowers, with each demonstration covering important concepts you need for successful results. Friendly, easy-to-follow instructions make flower painting fun and doable for any artist, whether you are new to the medium or simply want to try a subject you haven't painted before. Detailed instruction on color, value, creating shadows, composition and more 3 negative painting demonstrations 9 start-to-finish flower painting demonstrations exploring topics such as creating backgrounds, layering color, values in white flowers, values in colored flowers and much more Learn to play with gorgeous color and water effects, expressing yourself with the unparalleled beauty of nature's bouquet.
The innate delicacy and beauty of flowers make them a compelling source of inspiration and a very popular subject for artists. The essence of a good flower painting is not only the artist's ability to capture the colour and shape of leaves and petals but also to transfer the life and vigour of a living plant to paper on canvas. An Introduction to Painting Flowers provides all the essential information needed to create successful floral compositions - whatever your chosen subject or medium. The initial chapters outline what materials are available and how they can be used to create different effects. Further chapters explore how to use a sketchbook to full advantage and how to approach composition while explaining the role of colour and light in a painting. Finished paintings and step-by-step sequences demonstrate the techniques described in the text. Throughout the book, artist Elisabeth Harden emphasises the importance of accurate observation of your subject and the value of experimentation with new ideas, techniques and media. She encourages all flower painters to build up their knowledge and confidence and to find their own individual style.
In this highly practical book award-winning artist Charles Reid uses his exceptionally fresh and free-flowing watercolours to show artists how to bring their floral paintings vividly to life. Starting out with basic brushstrokes and colour mixing, the artist leads readers through a series of exercises on painting individual flowers, leaves fruit and vegetables, keeping composition simple and carefully analysing local colour value. In the last section of the book full-scale step-by-step projects allow readers to put their newly found skills into practice Practical instruction and invaluable tips are accompanied throughout by a stunning selection of the artist's fresh and vibrant images.