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An excellent reference
on 17 November 2009
Watercolour painting techniques used in botanical illustration demand high levels of skill. Although not an absolute beginner's guide, Billy Showell's book must be highly recommended because it provides such a clear series of photographs illustrating hand and brush in action as each painting progresses. These are accompanied by an equally clear & detailed text. The book provides an excellent and ongoing source of reference as (hopefully) continued practice turns technique into real skill.
No book can be a substitute for a really well taught class on botanical illustration (perhaps harder to find in your area than a copy of Fruit and Vegetable Portraits), but this one is closer to it than any other I have seen. Although Watercolour Flower Portraits is also very good, this is the one I would recommend for the less fussy compositions used in the artist's examples. These paintings are a genuine pleasure in themselves.