Tempting offer on my new book

Have you click on SHOP in the menu at the top of this page, you will see that I have my new book on offer, signed, at the knock down price of £8.00 (plus p and p).

(Postage within the UK is £3 and International is £5 or equivalent.)

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I have several copies available and now I’m not out and about as much as I used to be and so it will be difficult for me to reach an audience to sell the book.  But I would love people to be able to buy the book at a reasonable price.  So why not take your chance now while stocks last?

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What will you get in this latest book?  Quite a lot!

***There are 35 projects to have a go at, each teaching a new watercolour skill, such as wet in wet, negative painting and using masking fluid.

***You will be able to paint 30 or so different flowers including Lilies, snowdrops, poppies, hellebores, roses and many more.

***Each project is a manageable size taking about half an hour to complete.

***You will be guided through three full size projects, which each have a companion video available on my Youtube channel.  Daffodils in a wood, Wild dog rose and clematis.

https://www.youtube.com/user/annmortimerart

***And don’t forget, you get a tracing for each project, so useful help with your initial drawing.

 

I think that’s good value!

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One of the full size projects, with tracing provided
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One of the 35 projects to paint.  This shows you how yo use masking fluid
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This is one of my favourites. Iceland poppies showing how to use negative painting.
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Holly leaves, just in time for Christmas cards!

 

I’ll be providing more tips to help illustrate some of the techniques in the book in this blog over the next few weeks.  So look out for that.

I heard this week there will be a Russian translation of the book as well as French and Italian.  Thrilling news for me to think that my book will be read in all these countries.

Til next time… and don’t forget to visit the shop and why not use the link above to visit my Youtube channel.  There are some free videos!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blackberries step by step

 

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I painted this a few years ago after a walk along a local canal where the hedges were full of Autumn fruits and I photographed the different stages.

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The results of my Autumn foraging walk along  the canal
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My drawing with some details masked out
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A first wash wet in wet was allowed to dry
blackberries stage 3
Some leaf shapes have been cut out with darker washes.
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The blackberries have been washed in leaving some highlights
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The finished painting.

Some more leaf shapes have been cut out of the background wash to give depth.

The leaves have been washed with different colours wet in wet.   The masking has been removed and the hawthorn berries and flowers have been painted in.

Towards the outer edges of the painting you can see areas of the first wash left un touched in order to take the eye towards the middle of the painting.

Colours used:

Winsor and Newton artists watercolours

aureolin                      Winsor blue (red shade)         Winsor red           Ultramarine blue

raw sienna                   Quinacridone gold                   cobalt blue           Indian yellow

burnt sienna                Quinacridone magenta           Alizarin crimson     Permanent rose

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My palette with colours ready.  I love these rich Autumn mixes!

 

I used 140 not watercolour paper.  Saunders Waterford.

I hope you’re inspired to paint Autumn!

Excerpt from my new book in this month’s Leisure Painter

Hi everyone!  It’s been some time since I last posted but here’s some news about my new book.

There’s an excerpt from the book in the November issue of Leisure Painter.  It’s one of my favourite projects in the book with a lovely Autumn twist to get us in the mood for painting as the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” arrives.

Chinese Lanterns are so showy and colourful…I have planted a shrub in the garden now and the orange lanterns are there, glowing away merrily.

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And look at the Liquidambar tree in the back garden.  Incredible colour!

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Be inspired!

 

 

Patchings 2017 coming soon! My Demonstration and Book Signing

 

 

I hope you will come and see me on Thursday 13 July at 2pm in the Search Press marquee at Patchings Festival.

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I’ll be at Patchings this year, but I won’t have a stand.

Blink and you might miss me!

I’ll be in the Search Press marquee on Thursday afternoon, July 13th at 2pm.

 

I’ll be painting one or two of the projects in my new book, Flowers in Watercolour.  I’ll be talking about the book, about how to use it and get the most out of it and I will have some of the example “inspirational” paintings on show.

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Looking through the book, I am impressed by how much we’ve managed to fit into it!  There are 35 projects to have a go at.  All with illustrated step by step instructions, a tracing if desired, a photo of the subject and with plenty of tips about techniques, colour mixing, texture making, etc.

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I’ve included here some of the illustrations which didn’t get into the book, but which give you a flavour of what there is inside.

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So I hope you’ll come and say hello.  I’m really looking forward to seeing some old friends and meeting some new ones too!

 

New book out summer 2017

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I received a forward copy of my new book this month.  Very exciting!

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New book cover

It’s been the best part of a year’s work for me and I was really pleased to see that the book has a lot to offer.  It’s packed with ideas, projects, tracings, illustrations and it looks like good value for money to me…but then I’m biased!

The projects are quick and easy, well as easy as watercolour ever is!  Based on small flower portraits using a variety of techniques which are fully explained.

Makes me remember that when I first started out with watercolour, I used to do small flower portraits…and then would sell them at craft fairs.  Either framed or as greetings cards.

I’ll tell you more soon, but in the meantime here are some of the sort of projects you will find in the book, with full step by step instructions.

example project 3 30 min flowers
Backlit crocus
daffs in wood
Woodland daffodils

 

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Anemone

 

 

 

 

 

Sketchbook fun

Towards the end of last year I began a sketchbook to document  the garden and anything else that took my fancy.  I love the concept of journaling but have always been a bit hit and miss with my sketchbook work.

I bought a Strathmore watercolour journal and I was off.  My first sketch was done…

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My first journal sketch

 

And here are some sketches I’ve done recently, ending up with the Plum blossom sketch of which more in the next blog.

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Winter Clematis
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Hellebores

 

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Winter Jasmine

 

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Spring Plum Blossom

 

 

Iris step by step

I painted this iris ages ago and took photos of the stages.  Thought you might like to see the progress of the painting.  It’s quite small…about A4 size.

I love depicting these flowers with their delicious folds and frills!

The challenge was to bring out the iris against a dark background.  The white edges at the top were important in making the flower stand out and not be lost in the background.  I like putting in a background as I don’t want to produce a botanical study but to try and catch the spirit of the flower growing in its natural environment.  I like the stroked in leaves at the bottom giving a bit of depth and context.

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My drawing from my own photo. I’ve masked out the sparkly white areas with masking fluid.
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First wash.  I wet the whole paper and then dropped in colours to reflect the flower and a natural background. Yellows dropped into the centre of the flower wet in wet. (See colours used below)
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Here I’ve started to lay in colours round the edge of the petals, wetting the whole petal first and then dropping in colour right on the edge and letting it spread.  some shadow work within the white areas
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More background laid in.  Darker tones around the top and some dark greens stroked in wet in wet at the bottom to give the impression of more leaves. Then the masking was removed.
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Hard edged shadows worked in round the edges of the top petals.  This brings out the white sparkles making it look sunlit.  I’ve painted negatively behind the main leaves with darker tones to bring them out against the background.

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The Final Painting

 

Colours used:

Cobalt blue, Ultramarine blue, cobalt violet, Winsor violet, quinacridone gold, aureolin, permanent rose, Indian yellow

Winsor blue, quinacridone gold, aureolin to make the GREENS

Cobalt blue,cobalt violet, touch of permanent rose for the FLOWER SHADOWS

Indian yellow for the CENTRE