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Painting close-focus flowers in watercolor
Pember, Ann, 1946-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Cincinnati, Ohio : North Light Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
125 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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ND2300 .P46 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Watercolorists want to infuse their flowers with drama and intimacy. This book shows them how by capturing nature's beauty from a close-focus point of view. Easy-to-learn techniques for mingling colors and manipulating light, insights into the character of petals, designing composition and more essential information for portraying these dramatic viewpoints is included. Artists will also learn to: choose the best materials and handle them properly; mix luminous colors and avoid making mud; paint with a variety of methods, from wet-in-wet mingling to glazing; master texture and lifting techniques; understand flower forms and shapes.

Author Notes

Ann Pember is a signature member of Audubon Artists; Knickerbocker Artists, USA; National Association of Women Artists, Inc.; Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club; Watercolor West; and many other societies. She has had work included in more than one hundred juried, national exhibitions and is the recipient of numerous awards. She received a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston with a major in fashion design and illustration and has studied watercolor with many fine painters. In 1980, following a twelve-year career in commercial art, she began painting full time in watercolor. In addition to her regular painting schedule, Ann teaches workshops in watercolor

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Library Journal Review

Edgerton's entry in the "Learn To Draw" series is another expertly conceived volume. Brief, basic, and inexpensive, it does seem to have "everything you need to know to get started," as advertised. Libraries would do well to purchase this and others in the series as a base line of art manuals. Edgerton's work can be paired neatly with Pember's advanced Painting Close-Focus Flowers in Watercolor. With more than 100 national exhibits to her credit, Pember capably takes one from photographs to the mixing of luminous color and the realization of sumptuous roses, peonies, etc. Both books are highly recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introduction: My Philosophyp. 8
Part 1 The Practice of Paintingp. 10
What Moves You to Paint Flowers?p. 12
Flower Sourcesp. 14
Studio Setupp. 16
Choosing and Handling Your Materialsp. 17
Mixing Luminous Colorp. 22
Painting Methodsp. 28
Mingling Colorsp. 30
Demonstration Mingle Colors: Hollyhock Budp. 32
Vary Edgesp. 34
Texturep. 36
Lifting Techniquesp. 38
Create a Pattern With Flower and Bud Shapesp. 39
The Character of Petal Shapesp. 40
Demonstration Flower Clusters: Backlit Phloxp. 41
Flower Centersp. 44
Demonstration Painting Flower Centers: Rhododendronsp. 45
Consider the Backgroundp. 46
Demonstration Background Foliage Patternsp. 48
Demonstration Integrate Background Foliage With the Flower: Hydrangeap. 50
Consider the Lightingp. 52
Designing Your Compositionp. 54
Demonstration See and Paint Simple Shapes: Begoniap. 58
Demonstration Value Sketch: Rosep. 60
Try a Limited Palettep. 62
Demonstration Paint in Two Colors: Pink Phloxp. 63
Tone the Paper Before Paintingp. 66
Try Painting on a Smooth Surfacep. 68
Demonstration Practice Loosening Up: Rhododendronsp. 70
Part 2 Assemble the Pieces: Step by Stepp. 72
Demonstration Getting Started Painting Close-Focus Flowers: Amaryllisp. 74
Demonstration High-Key Floodlight Effect: Hollyhockp. 78
Demonstration Backlight Effect: Peonyp. 90
Demonstration High-Contrast Spotlight Effect: Gladiolap. 100
Demonstration Painting on a Smooth Surface: Lotusp. 110
Conclusionp. 120
Glossaryp. 121
Galleryp. 122
Indexp. 126