Vivienne Cawson book - front cover


Vivienne Cawson's new book, 'The Kew Book of Painting Orchids in Watercolour' has been published by Search Press in January 2020. The book contains a detailed techniques section that guides you through Vivienne's decision-making, colour-matching and painting process. It teaches you how to capture form with speed and confidence, paint different leaf, flower and root shapes, and created different textures, together with exercises to encourage your artistic intuition, followed by three step-by-step projects.

"This book celebrates orchids in a very real a practical way," says Dr Martyn Rix, editor of Curtis's Botanical Magazine, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  "It will inspire many to observe and records their beauty and the wonder of their glorious diversity, colour and form."

Photograph of Vivienne Cawson

Viivenne Cawson

Vivienne Cawson's luminous painting style perfectly captures the striking beauty of orchids. The paintings feature touches of watercolour pencil and crayon, along with panels of gouache, which complement the delicate watercolour.


Published in January and priced £14.99, 'The Kew Book of Painting Orchids in Watercolour' is interspersed with images from the Kew art collection, and is available from Search Press. (see link below).

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