Sunlight & Shadows in Watercolour
Lucy Willis, herself an award-winning artist, uses her own watercolours on every page of this practical guide, helping to demonstrate and explain various techniques. Starting with a sketch or a photograph, painting indoors or out, in all weathers and at different times of day, she offers advice on how shadows and the effects of light on objects and landscapes can create atmosphere in a painting.
Music for Children
This illustrated guide explains how to read music, describes the history and style of different genres, and introduces the most popular instruments. There are practical exercises for the recorder, piano and guitar, and activities and tips to help budding musicians discover more about how music is made, why it is important and how to develop their own musical talent. Age 7+
Exotic Botanical Illustration With the Eden Project
The natural world is teeming with strange and striking plants that can be an enjoyable challenge to paint or draw. With step-by-step exercises and advice on setting up your work environment, using technology, choosing a subject, drawing and incorporating colour, this volume will help readers to produce impressive illustrations from nature. Presented by award-winning artists, many of the plants featured are inspired by the Eden Project’s Rainforest Biome.
Being Bold with Watercolour
Celebrated watercolour artist Annette Kane uses examples of her own confident and powerful work to demonstrate direct application of watercolour paint, rather than the traditional build-up of layers. Including advice on brushes, paints and papers to use, she describes techniques from how to create texture and express colour to ways of observing light and shade, and encourages readers to develop their own unique style.
400 Chinese Motifs
Over many centuries, the tradition of Chinese decorative arts developed a way of rendering the world that is as instantly recognizable as it is consistent and harmonious. Inspired by examples on ceramics, paintings, bronzes, jade carvings, sculptures and architectural features, this book provides designs of flowers, animals, birds and fish for use in craft projects. The accompanying CD contains all 400 motifs.
Classic Hymns & Carols
Jerusalem, God of our fathers, Let us with a gladsome mind: many of our best-loved hymns are based on the words of famous British poets such as Cowper, Dryden, Kipling and Blake (whom Sir John Betjeman calls ‘our greatest religious poet’). This colourfully illustrated anthology presents the texts of 65 hymns and seven carols, with an appendix highlighting where these familiar versions differ from the original poems. Based on Hymns as Poetry (1980).
Batsford's Walking Guides: Thames Valley
20 Country Walks for All the Family
From its elusive source in Gloucestershire, the River Thames winds its way through woods, meadows and country towns to London. The walks in this book encompass peaceful forests within a stone’s throw of the capital, the Henley riverside, the high Chilterns patrolled by red kites, the historic Trout Inn, the ancient Ridgeway Path and the White Horse at Uffington.
Kasparov: How His Predecessors Misled Him About Chess
Following his retirement, Garry Kasparov published a series of books in which he analysed the playing styles of his twelve predecessors as world chess champion. The authors of this lighthearted response adopt Kasparov’s persona as they annotate more than 130 games, both famous and lesser-known, to identify moments when he lost or made serious errors by following too closely the methods of those same champions of yesteryear.
Written by an embroiderer and textile artist, this well-produced book includes ideas for creating everything from necklaces, bracelets and earrings to collars and purses. As well as traditional fabrics such as silk, lace, tulle and leather, the pieces use recycled plastic and items such as kebab skewers and garden mesh. The author outlines more than 30 techniques, while the 10 step-by-step projects are carefully described and photographed, and range in difficulty.
Understanding Fashion History
As fashion history is now taught, a divide has developed between collections of dress in museums and academics who approach fashion via theories about the body, feminism, gender and postmodernism. A classic text in its field, this book re-examines the evolution of fashion and how it has been defined and studied since the late 17th century, and looks in detail at the assembling and use of collections of fashion and textiles.
A Picture of Life in the 1920s
London in the 1920s was a contrasting mixture of bright young things and down-and-outs, motor cars and horse carts, new mansion blocks and old slums. This fascinating collection of archive photographs is selected from the publication Wonderful London which included images by some of the best photographers working in the city at the time, including EO Hoppé and Donald McLeish, and the book records the working life of the metropolis as well as public events and entertainments.
Ode to London
Poems to Celebrate the City
Many poets, from Wordsworth and Byron to Betjeman and Motion, have celebrated – and sometimes excoriated – the sights and sounds of England's bustling capital. All the above can be found in this anthology, along with work by Auden, Blake, Donne, Eliot, Kipling and many others. Illustrated with vintage London Transport posters, the selection will entertain Londoners and visitors alike.
Ode to Childhood
Poetry to Celebrate the Child
Children, childhood and being a parent are celebrated in this collection of poetry ranging from Bunyan to Betjeman. The poems are arranged by ages, from infancy and the particular joys of babies and very small children, through holidays and play to schooldays – not forgetting childhood ailments in Robert Louis Stevenson's Land of Counterpane.
Chinese Animal Painting Made Easy
Rebecca Yue shows how to develop the techniques required to create the loosely drawn, expressive paintings that capture the essence of animal subjects in Chinese art. After explaining basic techniques and materials, Yue describes more specialized methods for various animals, such as the big, bold brushstrokes required for a panda's black patches or wet and dry methods for depicting animals with patterns such as leopards and tigers.