Illustrated with a wide selection of her stunning watercolours, oils, acrylics and
collages, encompassing subjects from allotments to beach huts to seascapes, this
book will spark invaluable inspiration for any artist who thinks that life might be getting
in the way of art.
Known for her artistic versatility, Devon-based artist Val Morsman is constantly
reassessing how she depicts things she sees, often motivated by what she calls
‘happy accidents’ with the paint, which suggest a theme or mood.
This book aims to provide encouragement to fellow artists, stimulating them to
experiment with diverse mediums, to produce exciting and colourful work of their own,
or simply to browse when a moment of inspiration is
Val Morsman was born in England in 1942 and grew up in Kent before moving to
Newton Ferrers, Devon in 1984. Her love of painting started at a young age but
through life events and changing circumstances she was never formally trained.
Undaunted, she is a fantastic example of how anyone can paint successfully if they
see colours and shapes in everyday scenes – a cow peering over a fence, a beach
goer, an overgrown allotment, a Moroccan souk!
Observing the colours of life and transferring them to paper and canvas makes
Val feel inspired and happy. Her love of ‘loose’ watercolour and latterly her
intense colour combinations in acrylic, oil and collage have led her to give
regular workshops and exhibit all over the Westcountry including several times at the Summer Exhibition
at the Royal Academy.
Imprint: Halstar. ISBN 978 1 906690 55 7, hardback, 238x258mm, 144 pages. Published July 2014.