The Kew Book of Painting Roses in Watercolour

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The Kew Book of Painting Roses in Watercolour is the perfect book for learning how to create stunning paintings of roses with watercolour paint. You will be able to capture the essential beauty of this much-loved flower in no time! 

Roses have rich symbolism in art and culture across the globe! Published in association with Kew Gardens, this great book teaches you how to captre every aspect of a rose - from their character and colour to their form - in watercolour. The book showcases both historical images from the Kew archives and an extensive collection of the author's own inspiring paintings!

Guided by watercolour artist and rose enthusiast Trevor Waugh, this book begins with clear explanations of essential watercolour techniques followed by a short project that allows the reader to explore the nature of watercolour in a practical way. Particular emphasis is placed on mixing colours cleanly in order to reproduce the purity and variety of this much-loved family of flowers. This is followed by sections on how to gather reference material; how to compose your own paintings; and how to inject your paintings with colour and light. All are accompanied by three further step-by-step projects, each culminating in a stunning painting of your own. 

128 page Paperback


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  • Preface from Kew
  • Introduction
  • History of painting roses
  • Materials
  • Techniques
  • Exploring The Nature of Watercolour step-by-step project 
  • Finding Inspiration
  • Creating form
  • Portrait of a Rose step-by-step project
  • Colour
  • Rose Blush step-by-step project
  • Light
  • Still Life Roses step-by-step project
  • Capturing the essence
  • Index


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Trevor Waugh is an internationally renowned and highly regarded British fine artist living in Wiltshire, England. Working mainly in watercolour and oils, and occasionally in mixed media, his paintings can be found in many private and royal collections around the world. Trevor works in an impressionistic, loose artistic style that brings light and life to his chosen subjects.

Having studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, Trevor now runs successful painting workshops and holidays. Aside from his original artworks, Trevor Waugh's work is also known to a wide market through his greetings cards, prints and other merchandise.

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