Renowned botanical artist and professional gardener, Carolyn Jenkins combines her love of art and gardening to create stunning compositions (often very different from traditional botanical painting) with vibrant colours that leap from the page. The first part of this book – Botanical: Grow – explores time well-spent in the garden and covers much of the traditional details of botanical painting, from observation to capturing light, colour and texture. The second part – Contemporary: Paint – explores how Carolyn works with photography, using the computer to help with crop and composition, achieving maximum impact and creating luminous paintings that shine from the page. Her stunning illustrations are full of vibrant colours, and her larger-than-life artworks have gained an enthusiastic following on Instagram. This practical guide contains all the techniques and practices you need to create beautiful botanical art, plus step-by-step photography, crop, composition and photoshop demonstrations, to bring luminous colours, textures and impact to your own work.
Carolyn Jenkins is a painter and illustrator specialising in botanical subjects in watercolour. She is particularly interested in depicting the unusual textures and fascinating colours of plants, both vibrant and subtle, that can for example be found within a simple leaf or petal. She has studied horticulture and botanical painting, the combination of which has given her a great understanding of how plants grow and how best to portray their intriguing details.
Helen Birch is the author of several drawing and painting publications including Just Draw Botanicals. She is also an art tutor and blogger and has been an art lecturer at several institutions across the UK. She is the author of several highly popular blogs including drawdrawdraw.
"Contains everything budding artists need to create eye-catching springtime paintings"
"Both fascinating and thought-provoking"
– Henry Malt, The Artist
"Chock-full of resplendent botanical paintings"
"An inviting book"
– Henry Malt, Art Book Review