- 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)
- See Complete Table of Contents
Experimental Flowers in Watercolour Hardcover – 23 Jun 2011
|New from||Used from|
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.
More About the Author
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.
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
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.
`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.
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! :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love Ann Blockley's artworks, this book is no exception, lots of ideas and tips to create something unique from detail to abstract works of art I would fully recommend it.Published 3 months ago by minimayhem
I originally bought the digital version then decided I wanted to have the hard copy, for studio reference, as well. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jay
This has the most amazing beautiful paintings, which push the boundaries of water colour painting. It gives a great deal of inspiration to the intermediate / experienced... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mrs
Inspirational... Though I wish there were more practical demos to show how she gets these effects.Published 7 months ago by anne fisher