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The Watercolour A to Z of Trees and Foliage: An Illustrated Directory of Techniques for Painting...

Adelene Fletcher



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Search Press Ltd
01 October 2020
Trees have inspired artists for generations. This unique watercolour artist's guide offers easy-to-follow, plant-specific information on how to paint a wonderful selection of the most popular species of trees. Beginning with a useful section on materials, the book then comprises an illustrated directory of 24 trees, from Acer to Zelkova. Step-by-step sequences show how to paint each one in a fresh, lively style with all the essential details of shape and form beautifully captured. The author explores the overall shapes and masses of branches and leaves, outlines in full foliage, winter trees, branch and twig details, and presents stunning leaf and flower portraits shimmering with life. A source of inspiration, as well as a manual of techniques, this book is a must-have for every tree painter. Purchase of this book supports the vital work of Kew - saving plants and fungi around the world that might one day save us.
By:   Adelene Fletcher
Imprint:   Search Press Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 280mm,  Width: 215mm,  Spine: 9mm
Weight:   546g
ISBN:   9781782219200
ISBN 10:   178221920X
Pages:   128
Publication Date:   01 October 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Adelene Fletcher trained as a textile designer at the Manchester College of Art before moving to London to pursue watercolour painting. She has exhibited at a number of venues, including the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours and the Royal Watercolour Society annual exhibitions, all in the UK. She also teaches watercolour painting, and has been running adult art courses for over 20 years.

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The Watercolour A to Z of Trees and Foliage by Adelene Fletcher is a beautiful book, perfect for both beginner and the more advanced watercolourist. It is well set out with clear illustrations and full instructions, helpfully including colour swatches for the paints used for each tree. After some initial instructional pages, mainly aimed at newcomers to watercolour, there is helpful technique information, ideas useful to all painters. The subsequent chapters each focus on one tree, twenty four in all, ranging from favourites, Common Oak and Willow, to the more exotic, Windmill Palm and Ginko/Maidenhair. If you want to paint the glorious autumn colours of Acers or the Olive Trees from your Mediterranean holiday, this is the book for you! A third short section touches on use of trees in varied landscape settings. It contains more technique tips for further inspiration. I am sure this book is going to be a great help to me. The rear cover tells me that its purchase supports the vital work of Kew Botanical Gardens in London which must have plenty more to inspire the author should she wish to produce a second, or similar, volume. This, I feel, would be a welcome future addition to a painter's bookshelf. -- Shirley Farrant Anstey * Amazon *

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