Geninne's Art: Birds in Watercolor, Collage, and Ink: A field guide to art techniques and observing in the wild

Geninne's Art: Birds in Watercolor, Collage, and Ink: A field guide to art techniques and observing in the wild

by Geninne D. Zlatkis


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Santa Fe nature artist Geninne D Zlatkis is well-known on Instagram and Pinterest for her charming paintings and collages of birds. In Geninne's Art: Birds in Watercolor, Collage, and Ink, for the first time, she offers her fans a field guide to her art process. A skilled nature photographer as well as artist, Geninne begins her work in the field by observing and photographing birds and flowering plants. Then takes her observations back to the studio, where she turns them into works on paper.

Readers will discover, step-by-step, how Geninne selects her materials and then creates her personal imagery. What makes Geninne's work so successful is her imaginative and colorful interpretation of the birds she has observed so closely. Her work is approachable, and her fans will love to see how she does it, so that they can try it too.

To get them started, the book will include a selection of collage papers that can be removed from the book. Geninne brings a wide and ready audience with her to this project.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631594755
Publisher: Quarry Books
Publication date: 06/12/2018
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 184,237
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Geninne D Zlatkis is an artist living in sunny Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband, two teenage sons, and a cute red-heeler-mix named Zorro. Geninne's art draws inspiration from the natural world. Focused on birds and native plants, her work is a charming blend of close observation with colorful imagination in watercolor, collage,ink, and pencil. She designs a home decor line for Hallmark, an avian calendar and gift line for Galison, and has published one book, Making an Impression, with Lark, in 2012. Geninne's huge fan base follows her art activities and nature photography on her blog, Geninne's Art Blog. She has 79K followers on Instagram, and 515,759 followers on Facebook.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Birds and Me 15

Setting Up 19

The Studio 19

Ways of Working 20

Tools and Materials 24

Photographing Nature 28

First Photos 28

Which Lens and Setting? 29

Phone Shots 31

When to Shoot 31


Vermilion Flycatcher 34

Oasis 38

Notes on Watercolor 43

Dandelion 48

The Secret 52

Mountain Bluebirds 56


Chilean Pelican on the Rocks 66

Black-and-White Warbler 70

Notes on Collage 74

Seagull 80

Cactus Birds 84

Cactus Wren 88

Drawing with Ink

Sparrow King 96

Paint Chips 100

Notes on Drawing with Ink 104

Singing Raven 110

Great-Tailed Grackles 114

Label Birds 118

Collage Papers 123

About the Author 156

Index 157

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Geninne's Art: Birds in Watercolor, Collage, and Ink: A field guide to art techniques and observing in the wild 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Looking for new ideas to use in watercolor, collage, altered book creations, with children or just for fun? This book is one filled with wonderful ideas. The pages are vibrant and alive and made me itch to pick up a paintbrush again. I wrote immediately to my sister to tell her about this book and look forward to using some of the ideas I saw soon in artwork of my own. The book begins with Gennine’s art studio and preferred supplies along with information about herself, family and her journey as an artist. The descriptions about the photos she takes, how she takes them and then how she incorporates them into her work were easy to follow and make a lot of sense. The chapters wove together the use of acrylic ink with watercolor and acrylic paints and what the best papers were to use when applying them. I loved the incorporation of patterned paper to create birds and plants and well…I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to get back to my art table tomorrow! Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group – Quarry for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars