Anna Mason's Watercolour World: Create Vibrant, Realistic Paintings Inspired by Nature

Author(s): Anna Mason

Art Instructional

Learn to paint with Anna Mason, using this inspiring, practical watercolor guide to botanical art


Anna's vibrant, detailed and uplifting watercolors have earned her worldwide recognition. In this, her second book, she goes beyond flowers to explore her inspirations from across the natural world, including fruit, birds and animals. The book gives you a very personal insight into Anna's way of working; with clarity and warmth she will help you find inspiration, choose scale and composition, see things correctly and work with discipline and flow until you produce fabulous work of your own.


Packed with advice and inspiring finished pieces, this gorgeous book guides the reader through Anna's method of working with a variety of beautiful step-by-step projects and exercises. It is suitable for beginners or for more experienced artists looking to refine their style or try some new techniques.


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Anna Mason grew up surrounded by the lush English countryside and has always been inspired by the intricate detail and colourful beauty in the natural world. Completely self-taught, Anna has developed a true-to-life watercolour style that is accessible to the beginner and more advanced painter alike. It is her mission to help people develop their creative confidence and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of painting, as well as helping them get results they can be proud of. Anna's won several awards for her own work, including the Royal Horticultural Society's Gold Medal in 2007. Her paintings are held in prominent public collections and she has taught and exhibited widely in the UK and US, including at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show. Anna lives in Surrey with her husband and young son. Her popular blog has inspired prospective painters from all over the world to pick up their brushes. Take a free video class and join Anna's online painting school at:

Welcome to my world 6 How I got here 8 The Inspiration 10 Being in nature 12 Being in gardens 14 The act of gardening 16 The experience of painting 18 The Approach 20 Detail and impact 22 Small subjects painted big 24 Painting from photographs 28 Photographing tips 30 Composing with your camera 32 It has to click for you 34 Realism 36 Understanding colour 38 Form and texture 40 `Tuning in' to see visual textures 42 The Painting Method 46 My method: a 5-stage process 48 Drawing 50 Drawing process 52 Painting: my paints 54 Consistency and colour mixing 56 Brushes 62 Paper 63 Brush techniques 64 Transitions 68 The Projects 70 Blackberry 72 Maple Leaf 84 Sunflower 92 Blue Tit 102 Keys to Improving 116 Practice right 118 Exercises for practice 120 Making practice happen 124 Trust the method 126 Taking a strategic break 130 Sharing 134 Where you're heading: flow 136 Outline drawings 140 Index 144

General Fields

  • : 9781782213475
  • : Search Press, Limited
  • : Search Press, Limited
  • : 0.884505
  • : April 2018
  • : 280mm X 216mm
  • : June 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Anna Mason
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 751.422
  • : 144
  • : 350 Illustrations, color