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The Modern Flower Painter
Creating Vibrant Botanical Portraits in Watercolour
Anna Mason

Search Press
4 May 2014 / ISBN 9781844488636
How-To Books/Art

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


As this is one of Search Press occasional hardcover books, expect a visual treat and something rather special. Flowers lend themselves to lushly illustrated large format books like this one and this book lives up to its subtitle of creating vibrant botanical portraits in watercolour.

The book is in two halves, firstly getting to grips with the materials and secondly several staged paintings to work through. You can find some outlines at the back to trace so here is a nod to the popular Ready To Paint series that ought to work well with beginners, and those new to watercolor. The pictures here are well described as portraits, and combine the botanical appearance of old prints with a modern, vibrantly colorful approach. There are all the usual features in here from what you need to buy to color wheels, perspective, mixing colors etc., as well as intriguing sections on learning to see, getting the paint consistency right, laying out a palette and creating tone and hue. I don't think I have seen such an in-depth look at the medium before and it certainly bears reading and having a go even if you think you are past that stage. The author then shows us her six stage method of painting and works though a picture of a rose, before going onto the six staged projects which are handily arranged in order of difficulty. If you can't get onto a real course here is the next best thing.

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Reviews of other titles by this author

The Modern Flower Painter
Anna Mason’s Watercolour World

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2014