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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Billy Showell’s book; A – Z of Flower Portraits.

A - Z of Flower Portraits Book by Billy Showell

A – Z of Flower Portraits Book by Billy Showell

  • Title: A-Z of Watercolour Flower Portraits
  • Author: Billy Showell
  • Publisher: Search Press
  • ISBN: 978-1-84448-452-2
  • Price: £17.99 (at time of writing)

My Reason for Buying

I wanted to improve my watercolour techniques, and especially colour mixing and blending. Since sketching trips have been difficult due to health issues, I decided the garden was full of flowers and would provide me with more opportunities to sketch. I tell you this as often a review is based on how well the book lived up to the expectations of its reader, for their purpose ;)

Contents

  • Introduction
  • Composition
  • Materials and equipment
  • Techniques
  • The Flowers

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Plenty of techniques show step by step and photo descriptions at the start of the book
  • Finished paintings of the subjects are shown on the individual glower section
  • Colour mixes are shown next to the flowers and the colours used for the mixes are listed too
  • Smaller pictures of sections of the flower at different stages are shown, which helps you see how the layers progress
  • Process of the painting is described, but shortened as the description of the techniques them selves is just at the beginning.

Cons

  • Haven’t got any

Value for Money

Excellent, I’ve learnt a lot from this book. It’s an excellent colour reference for new flower painters.

Would I buy it Again?

Totally. I have the hard back version and recommend you get that if you can, as this is such a useful reference book. The hard back will stay open next to you more easily than a paper back.

Summing up

Although the only ‘photographs’ are in the techniques section at the start, each flower is shown completed and very clever partially completed pictures are also shown around the page too. I like to see how the layers build up and is often several layers in, before your flower will look like Billies. There is a description of the painting process next to each flower.

This is a beautiful book, a great reference guide for techniques and colour mixes but if you are just starting out and struggle to complete a painting before you subjects wilt, then I’m also enjoying learning to paint different flower/leaf and petal shapes by copying small sections of the images in the book.

Billy is an amazing artist and an excellent teacher too. There is also a DVD available separately that shows the complete process for three flowers; a narcissi, a hellebore and an anemone. This is available from the SAA (See link on my Art tab at the top of the blog). If you have never tried this style of painting before, get the DVD as well as it helps seeing the techniques in action and reinforces the process shown in the book.

A beautiful book and extremely helpful and informative. Highly recommended for anyone interested in paining flowers in watercolour.

Links

Do visit the authors website, where you can not only purchase the book and DVD but also find out about where she teaches.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; A-Z of Flower Portraits by Billy Showell DVD

A - Z of Flower Portraits DVD

A - Z of Flower Portraits DVD

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Teaching Art/ SAA
  • Item number: TA BSAZD
  • RRP at time of writing: £25.52 or £20.20 to SAA Members

Reason For Buying

This year I want to improve my watercolour painting techniques. To learn more about mixing colours and a more realistic style of painting too. My mobility hasn’t been great, so getting out and about to paint buildings hasn’t been an option. There are however, lots of flowers in the garden, I can try to paint.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Double DVD
  • The DVD is divided into chapters, so you can go directly to a particular project
  • Colour mixing is shown during the painting process
  • Each technique shown, is well described in detail
  • Run time is 130 minutes

Projects included are;

Narcissus, hellebore and anemone. An extra section for adding a water droplet and a gallery of Billy’s work is also on the DVD.

Cons

  • Haven’t got any

Build Quality

Excellent. Sound, lighting and camera work are all superb. Perfect close-ups and nothing seems rushed.

Value for Money

Excellent. Getting to a one to one class would be much more expensive. With the DVD you can re-watch techniques as often as you like, till you get the hang of them. It will be helpful to paint along with Billy on the DVD, to try some techniques too.

Would I buy it Again?

Totally, I have also bought the book by the same name.

Summing up

Billy has really inspired me to get painting flowers, her style is beautiful and she explains techniques so well too. I want to practice these techniques and learn this more realistic style of painting. The book goes into greater detail and is great to have on hand next to me as I paint, but I’m a visual learner and the DVD is excellent. I found the fact that the colour mixing is shown, very helpful too. If you like this style of painting, I highly recommend you get this DVD.

Links

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Watercolour Roses 2

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Today I’d like to share another watercolour painting I recently made.

Watercolour Rose 2

Watercolour Rose 2

At Christmas I received a book and DVD set by Billy Showell about painting flowers. I’ve been studying and practicing and this was my result. I have a long way to go, but I’m pleased with my progress so far.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a picture of a rose that I made using watercolour.

Watercolour rose

Watercolour rose

At Christmas I received a book and DVD set by Billy Showell about painting flowers. I’ve been studying and practicing and this was my result. I have a long way to go, but I’m pleased with my progress so far.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Watercolour Flower Portraits with Billy Showell; DVD

Watercolour Flower Portraits DVD

Watercolour Flower Portraits DVD

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Teaching Art
  • Item number: TABSFPD
  • RRP at time of writing: £25.52 or £20.40 to SAA members

Reason For Buying

This year I’m hoping to improve my skills with watercolours. My favorite subject to pain would be old buildings, but there have been few opportunities to visit those lately. My garden however is full of lovely flowers and plants and this DVD looked a great way to find out more about how to paint them.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Superb content.
  • Billy clearly shows the whole painting process and explains what she is doing at every stage
  • Projects on the DVD
  • Tulip
  • Arum Lily
  • Hints on Composition
  • Phalaenopsis Orchid

Cons

Haven’t got any.

Build Quality

Excellent. Lighting, sound and camera work are all excellent and complement the superb content. No distracting music over the narration. There is music during time-lapse parts of the demo’s but it is gentle rather than over loud and annoying as some DVD often suffer with.

Value for Money

Excellent. Although the DVD doesn’t have a large number of projects on it, this has allowed for a detailed and full description of the painting process. Planning, drawing, colour mixing and blending are all shown, which is extremely helpful to newbies (like me).

Would I buy it Again?

Yes. I would highly recommend this DVD to anyone interested in flower painting, learning to mix colours and wanting to paint in a realistic style.

Summing up

I really enjoyed this DVD and also have the book of the same title, which I will review at a later date. I have learnt a lot and although I have a lot of practicing to do, Billy clearly has a passion for her subject and the love and care she puts into her paintings really show in the finished pieces.

Billy is an inspiring tutor and thanks to this DVD and the book, have given me the confidence to keep practicing with watercolour. I was lucky enough to get this DVD and book for Christmas along with her choice of artists colours. Billy is so right when she says materials do make a big difference to the results you get. Painting on proper watercolour paper with artist quality paints makes a massive difference, the colours really are brighter and easier to work with and behave totally differently on watercolour paper.

Links

For more information about Billy Showell please visit her website.

The Watercolour Flower Portraits DVD is also available from the SAA. You can also buy the Watercolour Flower Portraits book either on its own or as a set with the DVD from the SAA too.

Later in the year I’ll also be reviewing the following Billy Showell products;

  • Watercolour Flower Portraits; Book
  • The A-Z of Flower Portraits; Book and DVD

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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