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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 29 May 2018
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782216483
  • Carton Qty: 22
  • Size: 215x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 400
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $19.95
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Kew: The Watercolour Flower Painter's A to Z


An illustrated directory of techniques for painting 50 popular flowers by Adelene Fletcher

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Book Description

From Agapanthus to Zantedeschia, this unique watercolour artist’s guide offers easy-to-follow, plant-specific information on how to paint 50 of the most popular species of flower, with the help and guidance of renowned watercolour artist Adelene Fletcher.

'A stunning book which helps you through all the tough aspects of painting flowers. Read this and you will be able to capture the fragility of each and every flower with care.' - Review of the previous edition,

A brand new edition of the bestselling book, endorsed by the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew, by renowned watercolour artist Adelene Fletcher.

From azalea to zantedeschia, this unique watercolour artist's guide offers easy-to-follow, plant-specific information on how to paint over 50 of the most popular species of flower in a crisp and natural style. Adelene teaches you the essential skills of creating a realistic structure and form of a flower by close observation of the pattern of light and shade on petals and foliage. 

Included are step-by-step photographs, details, and instructions on capturing the individual essence of the flower, together with comprehensive information on the appropriate techniques and colour mixes to use. Glorious full-colour photographs of the finished watercolour show the depth and variety of the plant portraits, from the exquisitely executed passion flower to the bold luminosity of the oriental poppy. Finally, a handy colour key is included for every flower, helping you prepare your palette before delving into your floral portait.

If you have never painted flowers before, or have always wanted to capture that specific species on canvas that you've never managed to grow in your own garden, this is the book for you.

Table of Contents



Directory of Flowers




About the Author

About Adelene Fletcher

Adelene Fletcher trained as a textile designer at the Manchester College of Art before moving to London to pursue watercolour painting. She has exhibited at a number of venues, including the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours and the Royal Watercolour Society annual exhibitions, all in the UK. She also teaches watercolour painting, and has been running adult art courses for over 20 years.


The SAA Catalogue 19/20

Each demonstration occupies a single spread and covers the palette, working sequence and further examination of the detailed areas, covering 50 popular flowers.

The full-page illustrations of the finished results show you exactly what you are trying to achieve and the enlarged detail photographs ensure that you'll get the fine work right every time.

'Re-publication has brought this under the umbrella of Search Presss relationship with Kew, and this is no bad thing. Kew are a world authority and dont issue their imprimatur lightly, so theres considerable added authority here. The crispness of the illustrations also suggests re-origination, so theres really rather a lot to like here.'

Read the full review here.

Paint lovely studies of fifty popular flowers with this useful primer.  Every book sold donates money to the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, funding their vital work.  Aimed at anybody who has some basic skills but wants to extend their art repertoire to include flowers, there is a useful lesson in every project.

As it says on the cover this is an illustrated directory of techniques and if you work your way through all the flowers you will amass a wealth of useful watercolor skills.  Start by learning what colors you need to buy plus a brief overview of other materials, and progress though some short techniques which are particularly associated with painting flowers.  Most of these are common to all watercolor work but the examples shown are all of plants so you can discover how to use them in context with floral depiction.  A true beginner will probably require more in-depth instruction for basics such as wet-in-wet, dry brushing, masking out etc but anybody of at least improver level used to painting other subjects will find it useful.  The rest of the book mostly consists of the fifty projects, taking you from agapanthus to zantedeschia.  Each project covers two pages, one showing a picture of the finished work plus a few enlarged areas with notes and the other the method.  Colors are listed with a blob of each which is helpful.  These are all mentioned in the method, which is separated into a staged Sequence and at the bottom Special Detail which highlights a particular technique which you can learn or perfect with the project. At the back of the book is further help on composing floral groups plus a glossary and index.  The glossary contains both watercolor and botanical terms, and each flower has a short piece describing it.  Choose from a large range of garden and house favorites such as roses, sunflower, waterlily, poppies, tulip, nasturtium, passion flower, bird of paradise, poinsettia, carnation and many more.  The rewards will not only include a wealth of lovely paintings and new skills but also the knowledge that buying this book has helped Kew Gardens important work including their Seed Bank.  A good book for anybody who wants to learn how to paint flowers in watercolor.

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