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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford (23 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906388776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906388775
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 24.1 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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.


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Format: Hardcover
I ordered this as I was aware of the author's reputation and I was not disappointed.
The images used are 'different' and offer an unusual but interesting approach to watercolour painting. No more 'pale washes' then! The instructions are more like suggestions, offering you the flexibility to add your own ideas. You can easily follow Ann Blockley's guide to painting and produce very pleasing results but it does help if you are confident with using this medium and are prepared to 'experiment' with techniques.
The contents are given within 'seasons' with instructive sub-divisions pertinent to the subject themes, so there is plenty to keep your interest awake through the year.
Overall, I think that this is a worthwhile addition to any collection of instruction books.
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By Nica on 26 Nov. 2011
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Wow! This book is truly sensational. Ann Blockley has had the courage to step outside the box again with her latest, motivational book. This is flower painting with a difference. The paintings are strong and contemporary with ideas for collage and mixed media as well as amazing loose watercolor techniques.

`Experimental flowers in watercolor' does not pretend to be a how to do it book. There is a plethora of them on the market already for students who want to follow instructions for the usual watercolor techniques. This book on the other hand really makes you think for yourself and the paintings are packed with original ideas that, personally, I couldn't wait to pursue.
Ann has her own signature style but each page has something in it that I felt I could adapt for my own work. I had come to a stand still with my painting and I found it extremely encouraging and inspiring to follow the personal journey of a well thought of artist experimenting with a wide range of ideas in order to move forward. The chapters follow the floral seasons and the book is written almost like the diary of a painting year, in which the author has the guts to admit that the painting process can be a struggle as well as rewarding. I found this refreshingly honest and human. Ann's teaching method is to motivate by example and the advice that shines through each page, to achieve your own genuine style, is to experiment and focus on the journey and not the end result. A previous reviewer states that `one could waste time trying out these ideas as there is no template'. This clearly misses the point of what the book stands for.
If you want a book with step by steps you may prefer one of this author's other books, `Watercolour Textures' or `Learn to Paint Country Flowers'. However, if you want to be helped out of your comfort zone and be inspired by something ground breaking and different, I cannot recommend this stunning book highly enough.
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I found Ann Blockley's latest book most readable and full of ideas. Like every such book there are many things I wouldn't be bothered with, but much of her work has lead me to try out techniques for different subject matter. I particularly like the flowers done in their own landscape--- lots of ideas could come from this. I am no expert but she has helped me find some new inspiration to pick up painting again with some real enthusiasm.
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As someone who has admired Ann Blockleys style for years, I must admit that i was really expectant to receive and read through this book. It is filled with stunning and innovative watercolors that sing with originality. The pictures are outstanding and mesmerising and certainly the book has assured itself a supreme place in the world of watercolor books.However, ultimately i was very disappointed. The main book review on her web site to be fair does stress that this is not a book for beginners, but more accomplished artists. I though am not a beginner and having read through the book carefully there is no hint anywhere of how to actually obtain these effects. As a previous reviewer has written, one could waste an awful lot of time trying out these ideas but there is no clear template for doing so. All of the artistic mystery is concealed. it is almost impossible to emulate her techniques. This essentially is a book to show case her beautiful work, but I would advise buying from other artists such as Jean haines el al who give more concrete tips on how to achieve their effects. it is not about copying another artists work, rather learning techniques that can further your own work, but this book will not do this
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Truly lovely book with many excellent close-up photos of Ann's detailed flower paintings. As clearly stated it is not aimed at beginners, so there are no wasted pages of what papers and paints to get or how to mix colours, thousands of books do that already. This shows many wonderful paintings, you can clearly see how a lot of the effects have been made, and Ann gives lots of details in the descriptions of them. If you already know basic watercolour ideas such as how salt or the various painting texture mediums work when added to watercolour, or have thought of using torn painted paper as added collage, you can see here how these have been utilised in the paintings shown, and there is much here to inspire any watercolourist to experiment themselves.

Finally, I must add that a few people have given very low stars, and they all give similar reasons for doing so - in each case they say there are no details explained, or the artist does not share anything, and they could not see how to paint these kind of paintings, but I find this actually quite a strange thing to say, as this is totally untrue - how can it be that I and others find the details there,(pages 12 and 15 in particular list very clearly the materials used for her effects!) and these other reviewers not read or see them?? Maybe a case for those three or four people to get together for a trip to Specsavers! :)
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