Book Review: Billy Showell's Botanical Painting in Watercolour

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Book Review: Billy Showell's Botanical Painting in Watercolour

Billy Showell has written a number of books on flower painting but these have so far concentrated on the less formal flower portrait.

Billy Showell's Botanical Painting in Watercolour

Where this one differs is that is approaches it entirely from the technical side. You'll look in vain for specific examples. As well as avoiding repeating what has already been said, this method fills the inevitable void left by the specimen-led way of working. It is not, however, a primer in flower painting. For all the attention given to negative shapes, brushwork and colour mixing, this is not a book for the complete beginner. In order to tackle the discipline of botanical illustration, you need to be competent and confident with your style and your materials. Informative, practical and rewarding, this meets a long-felt need.

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