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

Watercolour Rose 3

Watercolour Rose 3

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. I added ink over the top of the sketch, on this one.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a picture of some holly berries that I recently painted.

Holly Berries in watercolour

Holly Berries in watercolour

At Christmas my sister-in-law put a sprig of holly to decorate my parcel, since I’ve been trying floral painting I thought it would be a good chance to practice with my new pallet of colours. My colour choice was based on Billy Showell’s pallet in her book; Flower Portraits.

The great thing about this subject is that it doesn’t quickly deteriorate like fresh leaves and flowers, which is VERY useful when you are as new to all this as I am and everything takes you ages! This was painted in my Daler Rowney sketchbook, perhaps not the ideal paper for the number of layers of paint I used. Great for practice though.

 Here’s another view of the painting, without the help of Photoshop enhancing the dull light of the day the photo was taken on. It’s a dilemma in the winter, the light is too dark to take good photos without flash bleaching out all the colours, but if you use Photoshop to brighten things back up, it often changes the colours too much.

Holly Berries in watercolour 2

Holly Berries in watercolour

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Hope you like it too.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a picture of holly leaves and berries that I painted recently.

Holly Leaves & Berries

Holly Leaves & Berries

At Christmas my sister-in-law put a sprig of holly to decorate my parcel, since I’ve been trying floral painting I thought it would be a good chance to practice with my new pallet of colours. The great thing about this subject is that it doesn’t quickly deteriorate like fresh leaves and flowers, which is VERY useful when you are as new to all this as I am and everything takes you ages!

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What do you think? Hope you like it too.

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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In today’s post I will be reviewing;

Teaching Art: Botanical Art Techniques with Bente King

Teaching Art: Botanical Art Techniques with Bente King

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Teaching Art; SAA
  • Product Name: Botanical Art Techniques; Painting & Drawing Flowers & Plants
  • Item number: TA BKBATD
  • RRP at time of writing: £18.37

Reason For Buying

I’ve always wanted to paint in a realistic style, not necessarily to the extreme accuracy of serious botanical painting, b ut well enough that you could see what flower etc I was representing. I saw a clip of this on The Painting and Drawing Channel (also on You Tube)  and really loved it.

Pros/Cons

Pros:

  • Bente Starke King is encouraging and inspirational in her art work and presentation style
  • DVD covers watercolours, working with coloured pencils,
  • Ink and wash
  • Drawing techniques
  • The run time on the DVD is 73 minutes

Cons:

This is mearly a niggle. Since the DVD was created in 2004 it is in 4:3 aspect ratio, which looked a bit odd on a larger wide-screen TV. It is simple to get round this, change your TV screen setting to 4:3 and the shapes of everything come out much better.

Build Quality

Excellent. Good lighting, sound and no distracting music or backgrounds. Well presented and quality content.

Value for Money

Excellent. There are lots of techniques covered in the DVD making it good value for money.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes. I highly recommend it o anyone wanting to start drawing and painting flowers and those wanting to increase/improve their skills with pencils, inks and watercolours.

Summing up

Bente is  simply wonderful, full of enthusiasm for her subject which is very contagious. When she says you can do it, you believe you can and that is half the battle when learning something new. I painted a leaf using her methods after watching this DVD and it was the best I’ve ever painted.

If you want to paint realistic style with watercolours this is an excellent place to start.

Links

SAA. The Society for All Artists. This is where you can buy the DVD and your art materials too. Become a member for excellent savings on products and postage costs.

Botanical Art Techniques DVD

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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