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Geninne's Art: Birds In Watercolor, Collage, and Ink
Geninne's Art: Birds In Watercolor, Collage, and Ink
Geninne's Art: Birds In Watercolor, Collage, and Ink
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Geninne's Art: Birds In Watercolor, Collage, and Ink

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In Geninne’s Art: Birds in Watercolor, Collage, and Ink, popular Santa Fe artist Geninne Zlatkis presents a personal field guide to how she creates her charming paintings and collages of birds and nature.

Brimming with inspiring examples of the artist’s work, this beautiful book takes you inside Geninne’s studio for an in-depth look at how she creates. You will discover, step by step, how this devoted artist spends time photographing nature, selecting her materials, and developing her personal imagery. Explore:
  • How her studio is set up, how she works, and what materials and tools she uses
  • How she captures nature with both a camera and phone for reference
  • Her artistic process through the step-by-step creation of 5 watercolor paintings, 5 collages, and 5 ink drawings, with notes on each medium and technique
As a special bonus, the book includes 32 pages of collage papers, painted and selected by Geninne, for you to use as you explore and develop your own artistic voice.

Vibrant, detailed, and richly imaginative, Geninne’s interpretation of the birds she has observed so closely will inspire you to use the natural world as fodder for your paintings, drawings, and collages.
Release dateJun 12, 2018
Geninne's Art: Birds In Watercolor, Collage, and Ink
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Geninne's Art: Birds in Watercolor, Collage, and Ink: A field guide to art techniques and observing in the wild by Geninne D. Zlatkis is a book I requested and the review is voluntary. I loved the light and airy feel the art has! I just drew me in and made me feel happy all over. I even had hopes I could do that, but I have been fooled before, lol. There are several step by step projects in the book of all kinds. I love the multiple types of art techniques used. It really loved fun. Something I would love to get my grand daughters too! Awesome beginners book!
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Geninne’s Art: Birds in Watercolor, Collage, and InkBy Gennine D. Zlatkis 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

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Geninne's Art - Geninne Zlatkis

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



Birds and Me

Setting Up

The Studio

Ways of Working

Tools and Materials

Photographing Nature

First Photos

Which Lens and Setting?

Phone Shots

When to Shoot


Vermilion Flycatcher


Notes on Watercolor


The Secret

Mountain Bluebirds


Chilean Pelican on the Rocks

Black-and-White Warbler

Notes on Collage


Cactus Birds

Cactus Wren

Drawing with Ink

Sparrow King

Paint Chips

Notes on Drawing with Ink

Singing Raven

Great-Tailed Grackles

Label Birds

Collage Papers

About the Author



Hola—welcome to my high desert studio!

I call sunny New Mexico home, but I haven’t always lived here. I was born in New York, I spent most of my childhood in Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina, and my teenage years in Chile. I went back to Mexico in my early twenties to go to college, and I met my wonderful husband, Manolo, there. We now live in an adobe house in the land of enchantment with our two sons and our adorable dog, Zorro.

The desolation and isolation of the high desert are infinite sources of inspiration, and being able to experience these is something that really moves me as an artist. I love the barrenness of the desert. Especially here in Santa Fe, where we are so high in altitude, the atmosphere is very different and the light is quite special.

All the places I’ve called home have left their mark on my creative life. I am always inspired by the culture, the colors, and the diverse flora and fauna of the different regions that I’ve been blessed to experience. My environment is definitely a big influence in my work.

Both of my highly creative parents always encouraged and nurtured my love of all arts and crafts. I knew early on that this is what I would do in life. Art and crafts were always my favorite subjects in school. I cannot think back to a time when I wasn’t drawing or absolutely enthralled with art materials. My mom says I could be entertained for hours with a coloring book and a big box of crayons, spending a lot of time studying all the different names of the colors. As I got older, my interest in doing anything creative with my hands grew.

When I sit down to draw, paint, start a collage, carve a rubber block for a block print, or make pottery, it’s as though all those little bits of each of the places I’ve called home, tucked away and carried with me wherever I’ve gone—bits of who I am and where I’ve been—are clustered around me on my worktable, influencing what I put down on paper.

My inspiration mainly comes from nature. That’s what inspires me the most: being in nature, being able to closely observe all the life forms, especially plants and birds. I focus a lot on birds because they represent freedom to me. Butterflies and moths look like flying flowers to me, and I really enjoy incorporating them into my work, also. I guess I have a thing for winged creatures and the concept of flying.

Paper feathers I made for a collage

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