on 5 February 2015
My impression of the book is that the author Margaret Stevens (and other botanical artists) has worked hard to create a book that will show those that don't have access to a botanical art course or teacher, how to paint flowers and plants. For example, on Page 12 Stevens writes, "Instead of just looking and thinking, "if only," try it. Very encouraging words! On Page 14, Stevens writes, "Artists arrive at their favourite mixes by trial and error..." which helps the reader understand that there is no magic formula except patience and persistence. As an aspiring botanical artist living in Canada, I find the selection of paint and paint names confusing and frustrating and expensive. On Page 16 in the exercise on the Lily, the author mentions Glowing Violet paint manufactured by Schmincke but that's the only mention of this colour in the book. I couldn't find it in the test pages at the back of the book - omissions like this add to the confusion. Some of the brands of paint the author tests are not available in Canada. Having said that, there is a great deal of information on painting but paints that are listed for the exercises are going to have to be translated by the reader into what's available in their area, and what is affordable.