- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Taking Risks with Watercolour Hardcover – 2 Aug 2004
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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 !
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Shirley Trevana has a very unique style. Wish I could paint like she does. I also have her DVD and that is very good as well.Published 4 months ago by Colleen
Not sure Id class painting as an extreme sport but then I've never tried. Bought as a present and was well received. Apparently it has opened up new avenues to explore?Published 9 months ago by spud bucket
Bought this book because of all the good reviews by other people...wish I didn't. Would give no stars if amazon allowed.
This womans 'artwork' is egregious. Read more
A good artist in watercolour, but not my style, after all. Well written and good teaching.Published 13 months ago by dorthe bach
This book is exactly what I expected it to be and is so useful and inspiring. It was well packed, arrived undamaged and was delivered very quickly .Published 19 months ago by mary bennett
This is a wonderful and beautifully produced book. Shirley Trevena's artwork is fresh, exciting, and has a magical quality. The book informs, encourages, and inspires. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Asterisk