by Robin Berry
I was commissioned to produce three
step-by-step watercolor paintings for this book: a fuchsia flower I call Tiny Ballerina, a blue poppy, or Himalayan poppy, and Lily of the Valley flowers.
It was published in 2010 out of the United Kingdom by the Reader's Digest (Quarto Books).
"Practice flower painting at your leisure, without worrying about seasonal availability, changing light, or your subject altering in appearance as buds open or fade. This beautiful collection of 60 flower images by professional nature photographers teaches you how to turn a floral photograph into a watercolor masterpiece. Along with the photographs, you'll find:
Step-by-step painting demonstrations with tips on special techniques and working methods, palette choices, and color-mixing
-A variety of techniques that are clearly explained, from laying washes to methods of salt granulation and wax resist
-Advice on bringing detail and vitality to your flower paintings
-A handy hidden-wiro format that shows the photo on one side of the spread and step-by-step instructions on the facing page, eliminating the need to turn a page as you paint
No matter your level of expertise, How to Paint Watercolor Flowers will provide you with countless hours of fun."
I was commissioned to produce a
step-by-step watercolor painting for this book. It was published December 8, 2011 out of the United Kingdom by the Reader's Digest (Quarto Books).
"This beautifully illustrated book is an indispensable compendium of essential know-how and ten inspirational projects using watercolor. It includes over 200 tips and step-by-step techniques organized to help you build on each skill you learn. Aimed at all painter levels, Watercolor Secrets is packed with expert advice on every aspect of watercolor painting. Beginners can follow processes step-by-step, while more experienced artists can dip in and out for help with specific problems. "Try it" and "fix it" panels placed throughout the book suggest ways to practice and develop new skills and avoid or correct common painting mistakes.
Learn how to:
-Create subtle and dramatic effects
Use household materials to save money
Pick the right paints, brushes, and equipment to suit your project
Choose a proper subject
Choose interesting color palettes
Each topic, self-contained in a one- or two-page spread, is fully explained and illustrated with photographs and more detailed diagrams where helpful. Advance your artistic understanding, dexterity, and ingenuity with the over 200 secrets included to help you practice the skills you've learned."
Pear photos at right are ©Copyright Quarto Books
My oil painting of Zwanda Cook appears in this book, published November 1, 2011, by Just Press International. There is a picture of me actually painting her in the studio on one of the opening pages. View book here:
"The technique of watercolor painting—applying pigment mixed with water to a surface—has a long and noble tradition. It was known in China as long ago as the third century, and has been practiced in the rest of the world for at least 300 years.
This vivid and informative book brings this technique to the modern-day artist. Filled with a complete range of water-based media, it presents more than 30 techniques—explained with easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step photography to guide and inspire.
The Encyclopedia of Watercolor Techniques will provide you with everything you'll need to master the art of watercolor."
How to Paint Watercolor Flowers:
Create Your Own Masterpiece in 6 Easy Steps
Hard cover, spiral edition
Watercolor Secrets: 200 Tips and Techniques for Painting the Easy Way
Zwanda 48 Artists
Available in hard and soft cover
The New Encyclopedia of Watercolor Techniques: A Step-by-step Visual Directory, with an Inspirational Gallery of Finished Works
Soft bound, reprint edition