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Anna Mason's watercolour world: create vibrant, realistic paintings inspired by nature

Anna Mason's watercolour world: create vibrant, realistic paintings inspired by nature

Mason, Anna, author

Anna Mason's vibrant, detailed and uplifting watercolours 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, vegetables, birds, animals and bees

Hardback, Book. English.
Published Tunbridge Wells, Kent: Search Press, 2018
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ISBN: 1782213473, 9781782213475
Note: Includes index.
Physical Description: 144 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 29 cm
Subject: Watercolor painting Technique.; Art and Design.
Alternative Title: Watercolour world


  1. Welcome to my world
  2. How I got here
  3. The Inspiration
  4. Being in nature
  5. Being in gardens
  6. The act of gardening
  7. The experience of painting
  8. The Approach
  9. Detail and impact
  10. Small subjects painted big
  11. Painting from photographs
  12. Photographing tips
  13. Composing with your camera
  14. It has to click for you
  15. Realism
  16. Understanding colour
  17. Form and texture
  18. `Tuning in' to see visual textures
  19. The Painting
  20. Method
  21. My method: a 5-stage process
  22. Drawing
  23. Drawing process
  24. Painting: my paints
  25. Consistency and colour mixing
  26. Brushes
  27. Paper
  28. Brush techniques
  29. Transitions
  30. The Projects
  31. Blackberry
  32. Maple Leaf
  33. Sunflower
  34. Blue Tit
  35. Keys to Improving
  36. Practice right
  37. Exercises for practice
  38. Making practice happen
  39. Trust the method
  40. Taking a strategic break
  41. Sharing
  42. Where you're heading: flow
  43. Outline drawings
  44. Index

Author note

Anna Mason grew up surrounded by the lush English countryside and has always been inspired by the intricate detail and colorful beauty in the natural world. Completely self-taught, Anna has developed a true-to-life painting style that she wants to share with as many people as possible. It is her mission to get as many people enjoying the therapeutic benefits of watercolor painting as well as getting the kind of results they want. Anna won the Royal Horticultural Society's Gold Medal and Best in Show Award 2007; has paintings in the RHS Lindley Library Collection and also the Shirley Sherwood Collection; and was the Grand Prize Winner in International Artist Magazine for 'Strawberries Everest' 2011. She was elected to the Society of Botanical Artists 2013, and was a juror for the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI) exhibition 'Plants, Birds & Pollinators - Art Serving Science' 2013. She lives in Surrey and teaches at RHS Wisley & West Dean College.