I first came across Ray Balkwills work in a gallery in St. Ives, Cornwall three years ago. For me his work was distinctive and just kept drawing my eye. So much so that I cannot remember any other work in the gallery. Since then wherever I see a Balkwill I seem to recognise it instantly. This book (and his others which I now have) give you a good insight into how he produces such attractive and distinctive work. As a beginner artist myself it has also help me move into mixed media painting.
I was rather doubtful as to how useful this book would be. Indeed it isn't an A to Z of how to paint but gives many useful tips and ideas both for materials and methods. Add to that the enthusiasm of the artist and his delightful paintings and you have a little gem of a book, full of inspiration.
There are numerous illustrations in this book and the author reveals the techniques he used to produce the paintings. There are many helpful tips though at times the author seems to assume the reader already has considerable experience, eg when he says 'Additional equipment for painting on location includes a simple viewfinder, which I find invaluable': he doesn't explain why though the answer is presumably obvious to the initiated. But in the end he goes a long way in achieving what he says is a main purpose of the book, namely to arouse enthusiasm in the reader for 'a subject with unlimited possibilities'.