This lush guide to a favorite medium and a popular topic will delight aspiring artists. Not only does acclaimed painter Paul Riley demonstrate the basics of producing colorful, vibrant florals, he also reveals how to use special effects, collage, and textural techniques to enhance mood, create interesting compositions, and take advantage of watercolor's natural translucency. Step-by-step paintings plus tips and techniques throughout make this an accessible introduction for the beginner, and a fascinating section shows how to combine imaginative decorated still-life objects with flowers.
In the 1960s Paul Riley was the youngest painter to have his work exhibited at the Royal Academy. He has exhibited at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, the Royal Watercolour Society, and a number of private galleries. He is author of Flower Painting (North Light Books), Watercolour Landscapes (David Porteous Editions), and Watercolour Workshop (David Porteous Editions) and established the very successful Coombe Farm Studios Art Centre in Devon.