This volume is a celebration of the Scottish artist Elizabeth Blackadder and provides an excellent overview of her full range of work - drawings, pastel, printmaking, watercolour and oils. There are 95+ colour illustrations of her artwork, all of good size and many are full-page. Her subject matter includes landscapes, portraits, studies of her cats, flowers and still-life. Work from all stages of her career is represented.
Her still-life work most often takes the form of a raised table-top, presented parallel to the picture plane with objects arranged to form an almost abstract design - a difficult approach to pull off, and revealing her intuitive sense of composition. Many regard her primarily as a watercolourist, but her oils have a sensitive, subtle quality and they are represented to good effect here.
The text consists of essays by Philip Long and John Leighton, providing a brief biography, some background on her work and a chronology; the bulk of the book, however, consists of the illustrations.
This is a very pleasing book which will be of interest to a wide range of art enthusiasts, beautifully laid out and well illustrated, very recommendable.