Vivienne Cawson's luminous painting style and considered use of flat or patterned backgrounds gives her work a contemporary, beautiful feel all of its own. Published in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, as a celebration of their annual Orchid Festival, this stunning book teaches you how to paint a selection of orchids in watercolour. The book contains a thorough techniques section that guides you through Vivienne's decision-making, colour-matching and painting process. It teaches you how to capture form with speed and confidence, practise painting different leaves, flowers, and roots and create different textures with paint. The book contains exercises that will hone your skills and encourage your artistic intuition, followed by three complete step-by-step projects that feature a range of flowers in wild and still-life settings. The paintings feature touches of watercolour pencil and crayon, along with panels of gouache, which complement the delicate watercolours. The book is interspersed with images from the Kew Art Collection, showcasing the rich variety and beauty of this much-loved family of flowers.
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Series: Kew Books
01 January 2020
Preface 6 Introduction 8 Tools and materials 10 Choosing complementary elements 14 Inspiration 18 My approach 22 The world through your eyes 26 How to start 28 Understanding colour 34 My palette 37 Local and reflected colour 40 Using a range of tonal values 42 Matching colours 44 Basic watercolour tips and techniques 48 Creating pattern and texture 52 Flower techniques 56 Leaf techniques 60 Root techniques 64 Composition tips 66 Project 1 70 Project 2 86 Project 3 98 Over to you... 127 Index 128
Vivienne trained in printed textiles at Leicester Polytechnic College. Her working career began as a freelance designer of printed carpets; during this period she began teaching art and design in Further Education, which then led to becoming Head of Department for Art and Design, working full-time in Further Education for 26 years in total. During her teaching career she painted and exhibited as time allowed. She began painting professionally in 2005. She is a member of The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) and the Leicester Society of Artists (LSA). She runs workshops at her studio, demonstrates to art groups and societies around the UK and exhibits at numerous national events. Her passion lies in painting flowers and portraits in watercolour.
Reviews for The Kew Book of Painting Orchids in Watercolour
Paint inspiring, luminous orchids using this practical, contemporary guide from artist Vivienne Cawson, in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. It teaches you how to capture form with speed and confidence, practise painting different leaves, flowers, and roots, and create textures with paint, before completing three step-by-step projects. * Crafts Beautiful *