This book focuses solely on the subject of how to achieve the right colour in botanical art using different mixes of watercolour paints. It provides a very authoritative and helpful guide to this topic.
Getting the colour right is one of the main challenges for a botanical artist. Consequently it can also be one of the aspects of which causes the most worry to aspiring botanical artists.
This book focuses solely on the subject of how to achieve the right colour in botanical art. It provides a very authoritative and helpful guide to this topic - and will doubtless be welcomed by all those seeking to develop and improve the quality of their botanical art.
Note: The Book is out of print but can still be purchased new or used from specific book dealers online
"Deep and bright colours were just plain scary to many people"
Margaret Stevens - commenting on questionnaire results
"The aim of this book is to provide guidance through the rainbow of the botanical palette and to help the aspiring artist and student to gain confidence"
Margaret Stevens - Introduction
This book was written by Margaret Stevens GM, PPSBA. She worked professionally as a botanical artist for many years. She received 13 medals from the RHS including the Gold and Silver Gilt Lindley medal for work of special educational interest.
She is a Past President of the Society of Botanical Artists - the first botanical art society in the world, At the time of writing the book she was also Founder and First Course Director of the SBA's unique Distance Learning Diploma Course in Botanical Art and had worked as a tutor in the field of botanical art / adult education for over 20 years.
The book was written in association with the Society of Botanical Artists - many of whose artists contributed botanical artwork for the book. This was the second book in a series of four written by Maragaret in association with members of the SBA.
Another essential read is my 2009 interview with her - A Making A Mark Interview with Margaret Stevens - in which she discussed the Diploma Course.
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My initial assessment is that this book is likely to provide lots of helpful advice for the beginning or intermediate artist. Those who are much more experienced are likely to find sections of the book - such as the colour comparisons - extremely interesting.
This is now OUT OF PRINT. Consequently it is a VERY EXPENSIVE book in both the UK or the USA, even when purchased as a used book.
Hardcover: 144 pages
UK Publisher: Collins | 1st edition: 1 October 2007;
USA Smithsonian | 1 edition: Sepetember, 2008
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Features of the book
It includes an overview of the colour issues experienced by botanical artists which crop up time and time again at the beginning and throughout the book. This was informed by a survey of students on the SBA Diploma course - in which they identified problems they had with colour.
Gallery of Botanical Art
The book includes a gallery of botanical art by members of the SBA - including 18 subjects given full colour pages plates at the end of the book.
Eight projects which include:
The books contains chapters and 17 step-by-step demonstrations by members of the Society on each of the following colours. All demonstrations provides details about the colours used.
For coloured pencil artists, demonstrations are provided by Susan Christopher-Coulson SBA (using Derwent Artists) and Ann Swan SBA and Susan Martin ASBA (both using Faber Castell Polychromos) .
The book includes charts of colour comparisons of artists' quality watercolour paints from Daler Rowney, Schminke, Sennelier, Winsor and Newton.
That was 10 years ago and I now feel it is more likely that people will now use the charts of colours and pigments as a baseline for developing their own charts as they develop their own knowledge about how different pigments and branded colours behave.
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