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on 15 November 2008
I cannot praise this book highly enough. Billy Showell's portraits of flowers are not only unique and exquisite but very inspiring. The book is beautifully presented and a real credit to the fine illustrations.
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.