cloth, 128 pp., $35.00
The highly respected British artist Billy Showell provides instructions on floral painting in the botanical style in this elegant book, containing a wealth of beautiful examples to admire. She advises readers to study the individual subject first before setting forth on the work, stating “I let the flowers themselves dictate the composition.” Continuing her teaching, the author tells about painting methods, techniques, materials, and equipment, prior to presenting a collection of floral portraits to study and copy. Showell directs both novice and experienced artists to meditate on each painting for even greater enjoyment.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden