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Everyday Watercolor Flowers: A Modern Guide to Painting Blooms, Leaves, and Stems Step by Step by [Jenna Rainey]

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"In Everyday Watercolor Flowers, Jenna takes you on an incredible, colorful journey, guiding you step by step through the process of painting flowers. This is a fantastic book for anybody with an interest in watercolor painting, whether they be honing their botanical skills or picking up a brush for the very first time." - Johanna Basford, illustrator and author of Secrete Garden and World of Flowers

"Beautifully accessible, warm, and inspiring, Everyday Watercolor Flowers is a book you'll want to dive right into, paintbrush in hand. Jenna's color-theory thought process, combined with her unique breakdown of flowers into shapes, helps to peel back the layers of her beautiful work and invite us all in." - Nicole Miyuki Santo, artist and author of By Hand: The Art of Modern Lettering

 "I’ve been following talented watercolor artist Jenna Rainey for years, so when I found out her second book was going to be focused on florals, I knew it would be right up my alley. Jenna thoroughly breaks down the watercolor technique into easy-to-absorb sections covering tools, technique, sketching, color palettes and tones, and floral anatomy before moving into various flower specimens broken down by shape. Not only is the content informative for any artist, but the book is also chock-full of Jenna’s stunning watercolor. A feast for both the eyes and aspiring watercolor artists' hands." - Laura Hooper, owner and creative director, Laura Hooper Calligraphy   --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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There’s nothing more breathtaking than the natural beauty of flowers. The folds and tears in a peony petal or the striking texture in a parrot tulip call for an extra-long look and gasp. Nature has done such an excellent job. A flower can show us how complementary colors work together and how something so delicate can be uniquely powerful at the same time.   

For thousands of years, painters and writers have made flowers their subjects, finding in them attributes of beauty, growth, and happiness.  I couldn’t agree more. Growing up, I was always surrounded by flowers. My mom has an incredible green thumb, and right outside my bedroom window were lilies, jasmine, poppies, chocolate cosmos, and so many varieties of roses that you couldn’t count them all if you tried I didn’t know it at the time, but this childhood experience helped me build familiarity with flowers’ shapes and structure. Observing the growth stages of flowers in my mom’s garden taught me that a flower in its earliest stages as a bud is spherical, then opens up, petals peeling back, to form a sphere, bowl, or cylinder. A five-petal flower, like a cherry blossom, can be broken down to a star, and viewing a rose from the side is like looking at a cone or bowl shape. All of this, plus a love for art, made for tons of sketching and painting flowers.   

But, for any artist, painting a flower can be intimidating. Grasping the powerful and harmonious relationship between colors while also capturing the delicacy of each petal can be a challenge. One thing that is so important for your practice is to start by interpreting each flower or subject in terms of its basic shapes. Many artists grow impatient with the process of breaking things down first, and the proportions of their subjects suffer. For example, if a rose becomes too oblong, it can look like a tulip, or if one petal in your flower is pointing off in the wrong direction just slightly, it can mess with the whole appearance of your flower. That is why, in this book, I’m here to show you an approachable and quick way of grasping a flower’s shape. We are going to be studying flowers with a variety of shapes—star, circle, bell, bowl, trumpet, and combination—all while exploring different techniques to paint in both loose and more realistic styles. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07HDSQFYG
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Watson-Guptill (11 June 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 203279 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 187 pages
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Reviewed in the United States on 14 June 2019
I’m looking forward to working through this book over the summer! The beautiful flower on the front cover is not one of the projects included in the book. I was also hoping for more of the typical Jenna-style loose floral arrangements like the beautiful wreath next to the cover page, the arrangement next to the “introduction” or the arrangement next to the “afterword” page. None of these are included as projects. Perhaps a spiral-bound book would have made it easier for readers to trace the line drawings using a light box. They are really close to the spine. I appreciate that there are lessons for both beginners and advanced learners. It also includes both loose and realistic styles of individual flowers. I’m looking forward to the Iris and Hellebores!

*Update: I decided to return my book after reading one of Jenna’s Instagram posts where she describes her business as an “art empire” and refers to herself as “one of the top creative educators of our day.” I love Jenna’s paintings, and I love her confidence but that made me cringe. Those statements are quite a stretch and quite conceited. There are so many watercolor artists who give very clear step-by-step instructions, who are so talented, and also humble (Louise de Masi, Sarah Cray, Sarah Simon, Annie Mertlich, Emma Block, for example) I would prefer to support these artists who seem to love teaching as opposed to building “empires.”
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