- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Search Press Ltd; reprint edition (8 Jun. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844480666
- ISBN-13: 978-1844480661
- Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 1.6 x 29.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 372,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Watercolour Flower Portraits Hardcover – 8 Jun 2006
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In Watercolour Flower Portraits, Billy Showell presents her exquisite, technically brilliant watercolour flower portraits. This highly informative, lavishly illustrated book is packed full of information on different drawing and painting techniques, colour mixing and the art of composition. It is a good source of ideas and inspiration for anyone who wants to develop their painting skills. --The Lady, Feb 08
About the Author
Billy Showell graduated from St Martins School of Art with a B.A. is fashion design, but was irresistably drawn to painting and illustration. Since 1993 she set course for a career as an artist and now teaches Botanical Painting in Sevenoaks for The Adult Education Centre. Billy is fascinated by flowers and has long used their forms as her inspiration in her paintings. Billy lives and paints in Tunbridge Wells with her husband and two children.
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The information presented here helps the reader to fully appreciate the skills involved. The budding artist is encouraged to produce similar portraits with the inclusion of basic skills encompassing drawing flowers, leaves, composition, artist's materials and colour. The detail in this book is precise, easy to understand and very informative. Furthermore step-by-step instructions take the painter through the process of painting portraits of some of my favourite flowers such as the incredibly beautiful slipper orchid, the Green Goddess arum lily, the ever popular rose and the gorgeous hues of a delphinium. What I like about this book is that Billy has chosen to portray what is often regarded as the 'difficult' areas of painting, greens for leaves, white flowers, light and shadow and she makes it all seem so easy that you quickly gain the confidence to have a go. I am having great fun doing just that. This inspiring book makes a fabulous gift for anyone interested in flowers or painting.
Little wonder that Billy Showell has recently been awarded the Society of Botanical Artists' Certificate of Merit for the 5th year running. This book is a superb showcase not only for Billy as an artist but also as a teacher of her art. This is a book that will remain on my shelf and be used forever.
An essential book for anyone wanting to achieve realistic flower portraits
Thank you .
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Fabulous! After getting nowhere with classes, this answered all my questions and set me on the right path.Published 6 months ago by Mrs. J.S. Farmer
Book in excellent condition - the content wasn't quite up to expectations but I will get some use out of it.Published 11 months ago by Sallyanne McUrich
I bought it as a gift for my mum, which she had specifically asked for. The pictures are beautiful and she was really pleased, especially as I had bought it as part of a bundle of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mrs Claire M Koedood