Kew: The Watercolour A to Z of Trees and Foliage


An illustrated directory of techniques for painting 24 trees by Adelene Fletcher


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Trees have inspired artists for generations. This unique watercolour artist’s guide offers easy-to-follow, plant-specific information on how to paint a wonderful selection of the most popular species of trees. Beginning with a useful section on materials, the book then comprises an illustrated directory of 24 trees, from Acer to Zelkova. Step-by-step sequences show how to paint each one in a fresh, lively style with all the essential details of shape and form beautifully captured. The author explores the overall shapes and masses of branches and leaves, outlines in full foliage, winter trees, branch and twig details, and presents stunning leaf and flower portraits shimmering with life. A source of inspiration, as well as a manual of techniques, this book is a must-have for every tree painter. Purchase of this book supports the vital work of Kew saving plants and fungi around the world that might one day save us.

Table of Contents

20 Acer saccharum (Sugar Maple)
24 Aesculus hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut)
32 Callistemon subulatus (Dwarf Bottlebrush)
36 Cocus nucifera (Coconut Palm)
40 Cupressus sempervirens (Italian Cypress)
44 Cedrus libani (Cedar of Lebanon)
48 Eucalyptus perriniana (Spinning Gum)
52 Fagus sylvatica (Common Beech)
56 Gingko biloba (Maidenhair Tree)
60 Ilex aquifolium (Common Holly)
64 Juglans nigra (Black Walnut)
68 Malus domestica (Apple)
72 Nerium oleander (Oleander)
76 Olea europaea (Olive)
80 Pinus pinea (Umbrella Pine)
84 Quercus robur (Common Oak)