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Colours of Nature: Botanical Painting

By: Sandrine Maugy (Author)

192 pages, illustrations

Robert Hale

Hardback | Mar 2012 | #204579 | ISBN-13: 9780709093725
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NHBS Price: £29.99 $37/€34 approx

About this book

Colours of Nature: Botanical Painting is the perfect companion for anyone who is puzzled by the seemingly unpredictable behaviour of the paints on their palette, as well as those who would like their watercolour paintings to look fresher and livelier.

The author has tested more than 150 artists' watercolour paints from six manufacturers, and the results of this exhaustive testing are not only included here but also analysed, with the best colours recommended in a palette section.

Throughout this beautifully illustrated book, Sandrine Maugy guides the reader through a world of colours and exquisite flowers and fruit, explaining simple concepts and more advanced colour-mixing theory while exploring the serendipity and beauty of wet-in-wet watercolour painting. Her 'Harmonic Shadows' theory creates a link between tone and colour, making both work in harmony for better form and purer colours.

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Sandrine Maugy is a botanical artist and writer. She is a member of the Society of Botanical Artists and the Society of Floral Painters and was awarded a Silver Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society for her paintings of A Plantman's Garden. She paints to commission and for exhibitions, with paintings in collections in Europe, Australia and the United States. Sandrine teaches for the London Art College and for the Society of Botanical Artists' Diploma, as well as at West Dean College. She has students from all over the world and is well known in botanical, artistic and horticultural circles for her articles in Artists & Illustrators Magazine, of which she has written more than forty to date. Her painting style is characterised by pure, vibrant colours and dramatic light, which give this traditional style a contemporary twist.

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