Watercolour Flower Painting Step-By-Step - Wendy Tait (Paperback)

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Four popular and well-loved authors share their expertise, offering a wide variety of styles for readers to admire and emulate.

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5 Oct 2012
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Wendy Tait
Jackie Barrass
Richard Bolton
Ann Mortimer
Ann Mortimer (Editor)
Painting Step-by-Step
Number of Pages
197 x 248 x 13mm (671g)


  • Be inspired in your flower painting with the beautiful, individual styles of four respected watercolour artists in this comprehensive guide. This title includes information on the materials you will need, instruction on vital wash and softening techniques, and many step-by-step flower projects for you to follow. This book is packed with fantastic guidelines on composition, colour mixing and more advanced techniques.


General Subject
BISAC Subject 1
Art / Techniques / Watercolor Painting
BISAC Subject 2
Art / Subjects & Themes / Plants & Animals
BIC Classification 1
BIC Classification 2
Botanical art
BIC Classification 3
Painting & art manuals
Library Subject 1
Watercolor painting; Technique.
Library Subject 2
Flowers in art.
Library Subject 3
Still-life painting
Academic Subject 1
Watercolor Painting
Academic Subject 2
Painting Of Specific Subjects
Dewey Classification

Author Bio

Wendy Tait studied at the Joseph Wright School of Art. She now teaches watercolour painting to adults, runs residential courses and often gives demonstrations to Art Societies. She produces designs for publication as greetings cards, and in 1998 was commissioned by the Jersey government to produce a series of autumn flower paintings for postage stamps. She has also written articles and produced illustrations for specialist art magazines.

Richard Bolton is a professional watercolour artist who enjoys travelling and painting. He has written a number of successful art books from his visits around the world. He now lives and works in New Zealand with his wife.

Review Quotes

June 12

This is an interesting bind-up, as the publisher has chosen to attempt a comprehensive manual on flower painting by taking complementary sections from several previous books. On balance, I'd say that it works. I tend to be wary of this sort of approach because, all too often, it looks like a scissors and paste job, and shoe-horning together stuff that was never intended to be more than a chapter requires time and skill. I'm therefore pleased to say that this seems to have been overcome and that it's not at all easy to see the joins.

One of the reasons, I think, is that there's been no attempt at democracy - all the authors are not equally represented so, if you think you're getting four for the price of one, you're not. This is a book that stands on its own and is all the better for that. Having more than one author can be both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, you get the best approach for each section; on the other, you get a lack of continuity. Flicking quickly through, however, doesn't reveal any great changes of style and I suspect that this again comes down to the choice of material and perhaps also to the production - maybe the colours were more markedly different in the original books (I can't say for sure), but they have a consistency here. * Artbookreview.net * Dec 13

This book brings together several books previously published by Search Press by four popular tutors, Wendy Tait, Jackie Barrass, Richard Bolton and Ann Mortimer. The book is divided into five main sections: wild flowers in watercolour, and watercolour flower portraits both by Wendy Tait; light in flower painting by Jackie Barrass; creative techniques for flowers by Richard Bolton; and flowers in the landscape by Ann Mortimer. Each section clearly describes how the author sets about his or her particular subject. There is information on the basics, including materials, techniques, how to stretch paper, use masking fluid, and plan your painting, as well as the treatment of backgrounds, using negative spaces, step-by-step demonstrations and troubleshooting advice. These compilation books are good value for money, allowing you to learn from more than one expert, all painting in different styles, and the content is concentrated so that it really focuses on the subject in hand. * Leisure Painter, The *