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Country Flowers in Watercolour (Collins Learn to Paint)

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Country Flowers in Watercolour (Collins Learn to Paint)

165 pages
53 minutes
Mar 19, 2015


Ann Blockley is well-known for her attractive paintings of flowers and here she explains all the basic techniques for painting country flowers in watercolour. This practical yet inspirational ebook is part of the renowned Collins Learn to Paint series.

Country flowers are an accessible and endlessly fascinating subject. In this book, Ann Blockley shows you how to capture them in watercolours, teaching the methods and techniques that are needed to paint a variety of flowers.

There are many practical and step-by-step demonstrations throughout, with sections on how to create texture and effective backgrounds, making this an essential guide on the subject.

Mar 19, 2015

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Ann Blockley is a well-known watercolour artist and teacher. Her paintings can be found in collections throughout the world and she is the author of several books on painting, as well as regularly writing for Leisure Painter magazine.

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Country Flowers in Watercolour (Collins Learn to Paint) - Ann Blockley

Portrait of an Artist

Ann Blockley was born in Lancashire, where she spent the early years of her life. She moved with her family to the Cotswolds in 1975 when her late father, the painter G John Blockley, opened a gallery in Stow-on-the-Wold.

As a child, Ann was constantly painting and drawing but also enjoyed writing. After leaving school, she studied design and illustration at Gloucestershire College of Art and Design, and later at Brighton Polytechnic. After graduating with a BA Honours Degree in Illustration, Ann launched straight into a successful and varied career as a freelance illustrator, working on many commissions for well-known companies. These included designs for greeting cards, tableware and tapestries, illustrations for educational and children’s books, images for packaging on everything from chocolate wrappers to shampoo bottles, and even a set of postage stamp designs for the Royal Mail.

Ann Blockley in her cottage garden with her dog, Mole.

Countryside inspiration

Ann’s style of painting was highly detailed and decorative for her commercial work but she was developing another, quite different and more personal style of using watercolour. Subjects for her own paintings were taken from the woods and fields surrounding the country cottage she still lives in with her husband and two children, and her paintings began to feature the poultry and pigs the family reared and the flowers Ann grew around the cottage.

Ann’s father, who had written many painting books including Learn to Paint Pastels for HarperCollins, suggested that she too might write for them. The idea for a book about painting the countryside emerged and the result was Ann’s first Learn to Paint book: Learn to Paint the Countryside. Since then she has written five books including Flower Painting Through the Seasons and has made a video with the same title to demonstrate her painting ideas and unorthodox approach to watercolour.

Ann’s career as a painter has blossomed and she has exhibited widely in many solo exhibitions, with buyers from all over the world collecting her work. She is a regular contributor to Leisure Painter magazine and also enjoys teaching, sharing her techniques and passion for painting country flowers with the wide range of students who visit the workshops that she and her husband run. Much of Ann’s time is spent walking through the countryside and visiting local gardens or country markets to find new subjects and sources of inspiration to share with her pupils. The aim of her workshops is not only to teach painting techniques but also to open her students’ eyes to painting possibilities and help them to look at simple country subjects with a painterly eye. Learn to Paint Country Flowers in Watercolour continues this theme.

Delphiniums and Poppy

70 × 56 cm (28 × 22 in)


I use my sketches and photographs I have taken as reference material, but also work directly from nature. Be prepared to use a little imagination when painting backgrounds, to create the effect of the outdoors.

Flower painting is a magical and evocative subject that is accessible to everyone. The title of this book – Country Flowers in Watercolour – was chosen to include not only the wild flowers of the countryside but also traditional cottage garden flowers. These subjects evoke an air of romance and atmosphere which is an aspect I hope to encourage you to explore.

Watercolour can be subtle or vibrant, simple or complex. You can apply it with traditional juicy washes, or play around with a variety of exciting textures and brushstrokes. The following pages show you how to explore these techniques for yourself.

Do spend plenty of time practising the basic washes – these are the building blocks of all watercolour painting. A flowing wash may not be easy at first but perfection is not a prerequisite for an interesting and expressive painting. You will achieve far more by being relaxed, enjoying yourself and accepting that mistakes may occur, than by being worried and timid with the paint.

The emphasis of the book is on loose, painterly work and not detailed, botanical illustration. I want to encourage you to look at flowers in new ways and to develop your own creativity using watercolour. This is a wonderful choice of medium for painting flowers – its translucency can capture the very essence of delicate petals.

At the end of the book, the demonstration section takes you through complete paintings step-by-step to help you to understand the planning process. I hope that, after studying these carefully, you will enjoy applying

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