Color In and Out of the Garden

Watercolor Practices for Painters, Gardeners, and Nature Lovers


Capture all the hues of the garden with a few simple brushtrokes and Lorene Edwards Forkner’s inspirational advice on observing color in nature, painting with watercolor, and gardening with joy and intention


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Lorene Edwards Forkner


If you love flowers and the rich colors of the garden, Color In and Out of the Garden is for you. Artist and garden expert Lorene Edwards Forkner shares her simple watercolor techniques for capturing every lovely hue in a miniature artwork. Along the way, she also offers practical advice on topics from painting (no matter your skill level) to gardening mindfully to celebrating life. This delightfully useful and addictively readable little book may just inspire you to begin keeping a garden journal of your own, so you can record favorite plants with just a few simple brushstrokes.

Arranged by color, each chapter helps readers sharpen their powers of observation and capture nature’s lovely palette. Plant profiles and personal reflections mingle with creative prompts for making a simple watercolor that helps focus one’s attention. Both a mindfulness exercise for seeing garden colors and an easy guide to reproducing them on the page, Forkner guides you through the spectrum with her own watercolors while offering inspiration and a delightful garden respite from everyday stress.

Additional information

Weight 810 g
Dimensions 18.7 x 23.6 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 23 June 2022
Number of pages 192
Format Hardback
Dimensions 18.7 x 23.6 cm
Weight 810 g


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Lorene Edwards Forkner is the author of five books and the garden columnist for the Seattle Times, where her column is read by more than 700,000 gardening enthusiasts.