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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; First Edition edition (2 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000713326X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007133260
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.5 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Shirley Trevena is a successful watercolour artist, internationally renowned for her paintings of still life, flowers and landscape imagery. She is a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and has won several watercolour awards – the Winsor & Newton Award and the Llewellyn Prize. Shirley regularly runs painting workshops and exhibits her work annually at the Mall Galleries, London, and The Orange Steet Gallery, Rutland.


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Needed this book to assist with this term's project based on the wet in wet method used by Shirley Trevena. Soon realised how difficult it is and that I needed a lot of practice but the book gave me a good insight into her methods. Book was in perfect condition which really pleased me.
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A truly inspiring book giving an insight into how Shirley Trevena works. Dont buy it if youre looking for a step by step guide to producing a painting- this book is all about giving you the confidence to explore your own style rather than trying to use standard techniques to achieve a `result` as so many other books do.
As a practising artist,I found the book fascinating and a real insight into the authors methods of painting. It fired me up to try new ideas and could do the same for you !
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If like me, you have avoided watercolours because of their association with pale and insipid attempts to replicate nature, this book will really inspire you. I bought Shirley's second book first (Vibrant Watercolours) but this is the one to start with as she covers colour, composition etc in some detail and also goes on to show how she is developing her own practice. Her work (if you dont know it)is fairly abstracted, and highly colourful, but it retains a sensitivity and element of realism which makes it wholly engaging. Since discovering Shirley's books, I went out and bought the best watercolours I could afford and several huge sheets of paper and I havent looked back!
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An excellent book and have learnt a lot from it already
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A no rules approach to watercolour painting, very encouraging and informative. This book bins a lot of watercolour folklore. A good investment for the experienced painter who wants to push the boundaries further, especially still life of fruit and flowers. Only artists who are very talented, and realize that the source of their creativity is themselves, are as generous with the fruits of their experience, Shirley is one of those. She deserves her success.
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Very enjoyable - her work is amazing!
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I've been looking for inspiration for quite a while, stuck in a painting rut, seemed to be going in ever decreasing, depressing circles. At last, a book that really blew away the cobwebs, some preconceived notions and a fair bit of fear.

Just like someone throwing cold water over me, I feel wide awake now!! Excellent book for inspiration. I'd looked at this before and ignored it as flowers/still life aren't my natural subject. I shouldn't have been so narrow minded - I missed out on this treat for a long time.
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By lynsey adams VINE VOICE on 18 Feb. 2005
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This is simply a beautiful book. I have long admired Shirley Trevena's work, and was so pleased to see a book from her at last. It does not disappoint.
An artist myself for many years, normally a lover of landscapes and abstract art, this book comes near the top of my list for anyone who is serious about their painting - well, even if not, still buy it for the inspiration.
Shirley takes the most difficult of mediums, watercolour, and works magic with it. She takes the most deadly of subjects, still life, and makes it vibrantly interesting. She breaks all the rules of perspective, technique (backruns and blobs look beautiful), and truly does take risks. The results are amazing - despite having bought the accompanying video, and read the book from cover to cover, I know that I could never produce work like this if I tried for the rest of my life. Normally this would put me off buying a book, yet here the work is not 'looking down on us from a great height'; the subjects are familiar, it looks as though it MIGHT be achievable - at some undefined point in the distant future!
This is not a book for the beginner - it doesn't take you through the usual range of exercises designed to start you off in watercolour. There are thousands of books out there that will do that, (and you still won't be able to do it!)
The author is an artist of great ability and experience. She does not patronise the reader, is honest about showing us the way she works, the little tricks she might use to get the effect she wants - without being at all gimmicky. Her work might look as though she has thrown it all together in a few hours, but this is very far from the case.
She is still developing new ways of working, going in new directions,(landscape, printmaking), even returning to her beginnings as a figure painter. I hope she will continue to produce these fabulously unique and inspirational watercolours as well.
Buy the book! You can't fail to love it.
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