12 March 2020


BC Paperback

216x280 mm



128 pages

Search Press

Kew Books

The Kew Book of Painting Roses in Watercolour

by Trevor Waugh

Roses have a special place in both art and culture across the world. Published in Association with Kew Gardens, this stunning book teaches you how to capture their character, colour and form in watercolour, and showcases both historical images from the Kew archives and the author's own extensive collection of inspiring paintings.

Guided by watercolour artist and rose enthusiast Trevor Waugh, this book begins with clear explanations of essential watercolour techniques followed by a short project that allows the reader to explore the nature of watercolour in a practical way. Particular emphasis is placed on mixing colours cleanly in order to reproduce the purity and variety of this much-loved family of flowers. This is followed by sections on how to gather reference material; how to compose your own paintings; and how to inject your paintings with colour and light. All are accompanied by three further step-by-step projects, each culminating in a stunning painting of your own. 

Book Contents

Preface from Kew
History of painting roses
Exploring The Nature of Watercolour step-by-step project 
Finding Inspiration
Creating form
Portrait of a Rose step-by-step project
Rose Blush step-by-step project
Still Life Roses step-by-step project
Capturing the essence

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