are one of the most exotic, mysterious and fascinating of
flowers. Difficult to grow and maintain, they symbolize nature
at its most glamorous and fragile. Capture their beauty for
yourself with this book on how to paint them.
As with all Ready To Paint books this is an excellent place
for beginners to start. It doesn’t matter if you cannot
draw, the tracings in this book take that part in hand and
you can get on with painting. Small wonder this groundbreaking
series has won awards – this one gets my vote for not
getting tyro artists to invest too much money before they
know whether they want to take it up as a hobby or not. There
are six tracings and five step-by-step projects, each in many
photographic stages for a foolproof painting experience. Each
one teaches you a bit more about watercolor technique, from
painting washes to working with masking fluid, lighting effects
to capturing the flowers’ elusive qualities. The sixth
tracing has no instructions; you are on your own to work it
all out with the aid of a large picture of the finished work.
The best way I know of for beginners to learn how to paint
without a good tutor on hand.