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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2008
I was really looking forward to browswing through this book, having read the description and the promise of step-by-step guides. I was, however, slightly disappointed that the guides were written text, rather than step-by-step paintings. The text and diagrams also geared more towards detailed pencil drawings of the flowers and whilst there are some detailed paintings, these are rather on the small side, whereas the full page paintings are very loose in style with hardly any detailed drawing needed and offer much less detail ... which I found a bit frustrating as an advancing beginner. The book also includes some flowers I've never heard of "Clivias" whilst omitting common garden flowers "Hollyhocks" which I had hoped to see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 June 2010
I bought this book on the strength of another Jill Bays book that I have & although it is very thorough in its approach, I do have some reservations.
In the main this is because all the illustrations are by Jill Bays and her style is a particular & loose one.
I would have preferred to see some examples by other painters with varied approaches.
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on 9 March 2014
This does not work on the Kindle. I am sure the book format is excellent, the content certainly is but it does not work as a handbook as all the illustrations are too small to follow. I thought enlarging the print size would enlarge the illustrations but they are too small to be able to follow. It would work if it was possible to zoom in as with photos but that isn't available. I am really disappointed as this has been a total waste of money. If considering I would advise you to pay the extra for the book copy.
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on 19 February 2013
I enjoyed the book as I am a flower painter of Botanical Studies
This book is more abstract but all painters have their own unique style.
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on 5 May 2013
Well I have used this book loads of time, it has improved my paintings on flowers immensely. I would not be with out it now...
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on 17 August 2010
An excellent book which was easy to follow with fabulous illustrations. Going to order another for a friend
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 3 April 2009
What is the point in asking customers to submit reviews if you only put up those that praise the product. I submitted a review for Jill Bays The Flower Painters Essential Handbook weeks ago and I am still waiting to see it. This product was recommended to me by Amazon and I bought two copies on the strength of it but I certainly won't be taking your recommendations in future as this book didn't live up to expectations at all. Could you please tell me why my review wasn't featured. It wasn't offensive in any way but it was honest and informative for potential buyers - which is what I look for in a review.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2009
THE ACTUAL CONTENT OF THE BOOK WAS EXCELLENT WITH MANY MANY EXAMPLES OF SIMPLE TO MUCH MORE COMPLICATD FLOWERS TO SKETCH AND PAINT. IT IS VERY INFORMATIVE AND I HAVE ALREADY SPENT HOURS WORKING MANY TIMES WORKING WITH LOADS OF DIFFERENT FLOWERES THE BOOK ARRIVED WITH A RIP IN THE OUTER COVER BUT AS SOON AS I CONTACT TTHE SELLERS THEY INSTANTLY REFUNDED ME THE WHOLE COSTS OF THE BOOK. THE SELERS WERE VERY AND A APPROCHABLE AND HELPFUL TOO. WOULD DEFINETLY BUY FROM THIS SELLER AGAIN
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 April 2009
This is ideal for learning to paint flowers in watercolour. Easy to understand and follow and gives a good list of essentials without being extensive and expensive for a beginner
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