Ann Mortimer con Orchids in Watercolour (Ready to Paint)
Orchids are the most varied of all the flower species, with an almost infinite variety of colours and shapes to tempt and challenge the artist. Ann describes them in her introduction as "exotic, sensual and mysterious" and this perfectly sums up their appeal.
In former times, people risked (and lost) their lives to collect specimens, but today we can adopt a safer approach and examples can be seen in most collections and even domestically.
Ann demonstrates several varieties including the Miltonia and the Slipper. Each is, as usual with the Ready to Paint series, accompanied by an outline tracing and up to 30 individual steps showing you how to build up the painting and to place and blend the colour and get the shading just right.
This is a beautifully illustrated and easy to follow guide to an intriguing subject that will also help you develop your general flower painting skills in an enjoyable way.
Book: Search Press. 48 Pages. Paperback. ColourThroughout.
"She also offers helpful advice on colour and shading to give your result presence and depth. As well as exploring a rewarding subject, this is also an excellent way to develop your general flower painting skills." --"Paint" (January 2013)
Ann Mortimer is a professional artist and watercolour tutor. She received no formal art training after A level Art at school, and instead studied for a degree in European Studies at UEA. After completing a PGCE at Southampton university, she became a French teacher. Later, she retrained to do infant teaching and so her students have ranged from age 5 to 85. In 1990 she was able to rekindle a lifelong love of painting and drawing. She became fascinated by the medium of watercolour and was soon exhibiting and selling her work. She has had work commissioned for greetings cards and mug wraps. Ann is a member of the Society of Floral Painters with whom she exhibits regularly. In 2008 she was awarded the Popular Choice Salver at the SFP annual exhibition at Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire. Ann now runs watercolour workshops in her Garden Studio at home and is a popular teacher for art societies around the country. She has written several articles for Leisure Painter magazine. Ann lives in Nottinghamshire with her husband. She has three grown up children and loves gardening and all things French.