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A brand-new series aimed at helping novice painters hone their skills in thirty-minute periods.
Ready to Paint in 30 Minutes: Flowers guides the reader through crucial watercolor techniques for representing flowers, such as layering, blending, negative painting, and capturing the unique shapes and markings of flowers. The studies of these skills should only take half an hour each, so can be fit into a busy day.
Each of the 35 30-minute lesson builds up skills that will later come in useful when creating three beautiful, full paintings depicting flowers in different contextsin a landscape, in a vase, or on a trellis. However, the projects themselves also form unique, standalone paintings in a 6 x 4 sketchpad format, of which the artist can be proud as they build up their skillset in watercolor.
The variety of flowers and details to paint is just as great: from poppies to pansies, seed heads to stamens.
All the artist needs is basic equipment and a thirty-minute time slot in which to create a miniature masterpiece.
Ann Mortimer is a professional artist and watercolor tutor. She received no formal art training after school, and instead studied for a degree in European Studies at the University of East Anglia, UK. After completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Southampton University, UK, she became a French teacher. Later, she retrained as an early-years teacher, 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 watercolor, 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, UK.
Ann now runs watercolor 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.