Art Technique Books

Easton, David: Watercolour Flowers (9981)

B T Batsford 1st 1993
large 4to F+/F 800 gms
(Order reference 9981).

The transparent quality of water colour makes it the ideal medium for the delicate art of flower painting. By exploring many different approaches, rather than advocating a single method, David Easton encourages the artist to extend his or her range of expression to do full justice to the potential of waterbased colours.

Using his own superb paintings as examples, he demonstrates that the traditional approach to watercolouroverlaying transparent colours from light to dark - is by no means the only option available. Opaque pigments, masking fluid, lifting the subject out of a washed background and the use of vibrant primary colours are all features of his work, and can be used to produce fresh and lively results. Drawing and composition are also examined in detail.

Central chapters develop themes based on flower families, using a range of cultivated and wild flowers in natural and still-life contexts. A final section gives advice on framing and exhibiting finished work, with a resume of painting materials. The book is beautifully illustrated throughout, and will inspire beginners and more experienced watercolourists alike.