Thursday, August 13, 2009

Painting Flowers In Watercolour


My book Painting Flowers in Watercolour - A Naturalistic Approach, which was first published in 2001, is now coming to an end and will not go to any further reprint. All agree that an eight year run for such a specialist book has exceeded all expectations.
 
Each year, around two thousand readers borrow the book from public libraries in England, and it is used by many botanical artists as a reference. It has always been my hope that the book will pass on the majority of my self-taught techniques and methods, which have indeed become a standard over thes past few years.

It has always been my belief that a botanical artist does well to be ambitious rather than competitive. Many times proffessional artists have asked me why I endeavoured to give away my techniques so freely. To me, this was never an issue - simply a wish to offer knowledge and enable who ever wants to learn to be able to do so. I have lost nothing by sharing and gained much in seeing the fulfilment that many have experience by following the reccommendations that the book prescribes.

My thanks go to A&C Black for recognising it's worth from conception in 1999 and onwards. And, to all those who have enjoyed this book I offer my appreciation.

Monday, January 12, 2009






Leaf of the Winter Green 2009

Coral Guest

watercolour and graphite on paper
100 x 130 cms

I sat in my studio, with no heat, hoping to keep the leaf crisp. In the cold atmosphere it stayed alive long enough to be drawn and coloured. I saw the beauty in this most common of English vegetables. Rich with the intensity of green hues, it possesed a lattice of veining so complicated that it enthralled my perceptions.