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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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