Shirley Trevena Watercolours


This book has been put together to give the reader, whether they are practising visual artists or just art enthusiasts, a closer, more personal view and hopefully a valuable insight into my evolving work as a watercolour artist.

I thought how useful it would be for me to look at past work that I had agonised over for more than 30 years, some good, some ok and some easily forgotten. Being a hoarder I had access to a lot of early work and so this book was written with over 100 images plus my thoughts, ideas and stories behind many of them.

Before I started putting this book together I asked myself what sort of art book would really interest me. I came up with a “luscious, can’t wait to see what’s on the next page” book. This was my aim with this book.

I hope that the reader enjoys my scrapbook of images. Putting all this together was quite a rollercoaster for me, relieving my youth, my early impressions and memories of work past and present.


19 thoughts on “Shirley Trevena Watercolours”

  1. Angela Dunlop

    HI Shirley – great to hear we have another book on the way. Have ordered and look forward to devouring. Still regularly use your work as exercises and examples in our workshops. Cheers Angela
    ( Sydney Australia)

  2. I am so looking forward to your new book , I have your others ,alongside Ann Blockley ,who also follows her own path , I rate you both the two most inspiring women painters living today .
    You follow your own path , and what a path
    In my own way I also follow my own path
    Happy Painting Bev

  3. Didi McCormick

    Hi Shirley
    I have all your books. Is this the same version being offered here as the one available on the Amazon site Sept 15. The cover looks different and it is spiral bound. As I live in the US, I would rather wait and save the shipping charges if they are the same book. Thank you

    1. Hi Didi

      Sorry that it has taken so long to reply but there has been some confusion over this. Apparently they did a deal with an American publisher to publish the book over in the US and that publisher changed to cover. It is however the same book, although with an inferior cover in our opinion (the original has a linen cover). Also we are now led to believe that the book isn’t spiral bound.

      Best wishes
      Mick Pickerill
      Assistant to Shirley Trevena

  4. Catriona Galbraith

    Hi Shirley

    Wonderful to know that another book is on its way. You say you have agonised over your work for more than 30 years; well I have been agonising for longer than that over a medium I seem to have a love/hate relationship with. But playing with watercolour continues to fascinate me.
    Thank you for being such an inspirational painter.

  5. I have all your books and dvds and have learned so much from them. Cant wait to see your new book.
    The vibrancy of your colours and how you use them I find so inspirational. Thankyou so much!.

  6. Hi Shirley,
    I´m looking forward to receive your new book. I just love your watercolours, full of colour and they make me so happy.
    I hope one day you´ll come to Portugal, to Lisbon, with such a special light and architecture, the south with magnificent fields or the north with beautiful houses ( mine amongst them…), and gardens.
    To paint watercolours, for me, is so important as breathing. Especially flowers.
    Thank you

  7. Jilly Edwards

    Have not put a brush to paper since my husband died 2 years ago. Hope your new book will give me a kick up the proverbial to get started again. Have so enjoyed your other books and DVD’s and leant so much just playing with paint and colour. Thank you

  8. Louise Carlin

    WOW – Your work has always inspired me. No wishy-washy watercolours allowed – always strong and powerful. Love your work and looking forward to escaping to your new book.

  9. virginia dunlap

    Have loved your work from the first book. The DVDs I watch over and over and really can’t get enough of (another please?). So thank you from the depths for this new book (as yet unseen).

    Virginia Dunlap

  10. You have been the star that has guided me through the process of creativeness. Much creativity can only exist to be shared. Thank you for being so generous.

    Sara Beiztegi

  11. Hi Shirley……wonderful that you have created yet another, no doubt inspiring book for all kinds of people and artists to peruse and use( as they say!)

    I love the one I have and continue to paint and exhibit every year too.
    Blessings and love

  12. Hi Shirley,
    I shall always treasure the time spent painting with you in your charming studio when my friend, Marge, and I came over from California, she from Idaho, to see you some years back. We both love your work and cherish your books as an inspirational guides in watercolor. You are a lovely, thoughtful lady and I feel honored to have met you….very fond memories. Now can’t wait to see the latest book.

  13. Dear Shirley,

    Your books are always front and center in my library. I can’t wait to see what you have put together in this new book.. Everytime I look closely at your work I learn something new.

    With much gratitude for teaching me to use color,

  14. huguette latulippe

    So anxious to receive your new book to enjoy every
    watercolor of yours.

    Congratulations !

  15. Dear Shirley,
    I just discovered your site yesterday.
    Quite amazing and beautiful.
    I jrecently retired from teaching and
    I have started experimenting with watercolor.
    I have had no previous experience and would
    like to know if you would initially recommend any
    one of your books over another for me.
    Thank you so very much.
    Patty Leone

    1. Hi Patty

      I think for someone starting that my first book ‘Taking Risks with watercolour’ would be best.


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