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About Jackie Isard
Jackie Isard is a botanical and nature artist living in the UK. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design in 1989 and had a long career in this field. In 2013 she studied Garden Design and was awarded a distinction. It was from here she entered the botanical world. She is a Fellow member of the Society of Botanical Artists and has won awards when exhibiting with them. She is self-taught and enjoys painting flowering plants and nature subjects. Her detailed and accurate approach ensures her paintings are true to botanical form. Jackie runs watercolour mixing courses both in workshops and online. She is passionate about colour, and her clear and detailed tuition has already proved invaluable for many students wishing to improve their colour mixing skills. In 2020 Jackie wrote this, her first book, which she felt would be a much needed addition to the botanical book world. This book will be an essential tool for any botanical diploma student.
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Colour mixing is a key skill for the botanical artist. In this practical guide, Jackie Isard explains how to observe and use colour accurately. She shows artists how to make informed choices when selecting pigments, as well as how to learn about colour mixing and its application. Detailed instruction and advice are given on understanding colour and pigments. The author explains how to 'see' colour and tricky mixes, from greens and reds to the difficult botanical greys. Includes advanced colour application techniques - colour enhancement, shadow colours and colour temperature transition. Finally, step-by-step guides illustrate how to paint with layers, how to use underlaying colours to enhance, and colour and fine detailing.