Experimental Flowers in Watercolour

Author(s): Ann Blockley

a. Drawing & Painting

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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Ann Blockley is a well-known and successful watercolour painter and teacher. She is author of five bestselling practical art books, all published by HarperCollins. Ann runs her own very popular watercolour courses, has made a DVD of her painting and regularly writes for Leisure Painter and The Artist magazines. She lives in Gloucestershire.

Introduction -- Experimental flowers in watercolour -- Paint experiments and colour doodles -- Watercolour and mixed media -- Surface textures -- Spring -- Exploratory sketches -- Finding inspiration -- Getting started -- Playing with ideas -- Background -- A fresh look at composition -- Creative mark making -- Challenging yellows -- Using the white of the paper -- Working spontaneously -- Exploring watercolour -- Experimenting with shapes -- Capturing the essence -- Choosing a format -- Summer -- Exploring a theme -- Being original -- Expressive leaves -- Interpreting your subject -- Avoiding the literal -- Starting with collage -- Choosing your subject -- Developing ideas -- Moving on -- Telling a story -- The decorative approach -- Working from life -- Creating drama -- Emphasis and echoes -- Looking for abstract qualities -- Experimental flower centres -- Using paper collage -- Autumn and Winter -- Vibrant colour -- Sparkling light - Paint textures -- Leaving something to the imagination -- Finding your own style -- Hedgerow tangles -- Torn and cut paper edges -- Working creatively -- Shapes and pattern -- Using a restrained palette -- Coloured drawings -- Tonal values -- Working with gesso -- Winter skeletons -- Finding a fresh approach -- Food for thought -- Flowers in the landscape -- Index

General Fields

  • : 9781906388775
  • : HarperCollins Publishers
  • : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • : June 2011
  • : 254mm X 226mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : August 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ann Blockley
  • : Hardback
  • : 751.4224343
  • : 128
  • : 130 colour illustrations, 130 colour