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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 07 September 2020
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782219200
  • Stock: 24 in stock
  • Hurt Stock: £6.50 (1 available)
  • Size: 215x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 350
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: £12.99
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Kew: The Watercolour A to Z of Trees and Foliage


An illustrated directory of techniques for painting 24 trees by Adelene Fletcher

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Book Description

Trees have inspired artists for generations. This unique watercolour artist's guide offers easy-to-follow, plant-specific information on how to paint a wonderful selection of the most popular species of trees. Beginning with a useful section on materials, the book then comprises an illustrated directory of 24 trees, from Acer to Zelkova. Step-by-step sequences show how to paint each one in a fresh, lively style with all the essential details of shape and form beautifully captured. The author explores the overall shapes and masses of branches and leaves, outlines in full foliage, winter trees, branch and twig details, and presents stunning leaf and flower portraits shimmering with life. A source of inspiration, as well as a manual of techniques, this book is a must-have for every tree painter. Purchase of this book supports the vital work of Kew saving plants and fungi around the world that might one day save us.

Table of Contents

20 Acer saccharum (Sugar Maple)
24 Aesculus hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut)
32 Callistemon subulatus (Dwarf Bottlebrush)
36 Cocus nucifera (Coconut Palm)
40 Cupressus sempervirens (Italian Cypress)
44 Cedrus libani (Cedar of Lebanon)
48 Eucalyptus perriniana (Spinning Gum)
52 Fagus sylvatica (Common Beech)
56 Gingko biloba (Maidenhair Tree)
60 Ilex aquifolium (Common Holly)
64 Juglans nigra (Black Walnut)
68 Malus domestica (Apple)
72 Nerium oleander (Oleander)
76 Olea europaea (Olive)
80 Pinus pinea (Umbrella Pine)
84 Quercus robur (Common Oak)

About the Author

About Adelene Fletcher

Adelene Fletcher trained as a textile designer at the Manchester College of Art before moving to London to pursue watercolour painting. She has exhibited at a number of venues, including the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours and the Royal Watercolour Society annual exhibitions, all in the UK. She also teaches watercolour painting, and has been running adult art courses for over 20 years.


Guild of Silk Painters

The infinite shapes and colours in trees are a source of numerous design elements in silk painting. This book focuses on both common and the more unusual, exotic varieties of trees, from Acer to one I have never heard of, Zelkova. Useful for drawing our attention away from the normal to branching out into more interesting shapes.

The book supports the vital work at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. The characteristic shapes of each tree, in full foliage, winter outlines and the smaller details are dully illustrated. 

The big plus are colour palettes for painting each tree and techniques for painting leaves. I found the detailed perspective of branches particularly informative. 

The bark on some trees in so fascinating, and often difficult to mimic, there are lots of ideas on how to approach this. I realised it could be useful to mix silk paint with dyes to achieve a certain effect.

This book draws you in, the more you read the more you want to know. Occasionally, I wish I could enter the draw, this is one such occasion but not to be. However, I think it could well be worth the purchase.

Amazon Customer Review

The Watercolour A to Z of Trees and Foliage by Adelene Fletcher is a beautiful book, perfect for both beginner and the more advanced watercolourist. It is well set out with clear illustrations and full instructions, helpfully including colour swatches for the paints used for each tree. After some initial instructional pages, mainly aimed at newcomers to watercolour, there is helpful technique information, ideas useful to all painters.

The subsequent chapters each focus on one tree, twenty four in all, ranging from favourites, Common Oak and Willow, to the more exotic, Windmill Palm and Ginko/Maidenhair. If you want to paint the glorious autumn colours of Acers or the Olive Trees from your Mediterranean holiday, this is the book for you! A third short section touches on use of trees in varied landscape settings. It contains more technique tips for further inspiration.

I am sure this book is going to be a great help to me. The rear cover tells me that its purchase supports the vital work of Kew Botanical Gardens in London which must have plenty more to inspire the author should she wish to produce a second, or similar, volume. This, I feel, would be a welcome future addition to a painter's bookshelf.

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