Author(s): Billy Showell
Billy Showell is a well-respected botanical watercolour artist, and her exceptional eye for detail and ability to re-create texture, colour and patterning have earned her a formidable reputation worldwide. Her compositions are given a contemporary, sometimes playful twist, while retaining all the beauty and accuracy of traditional botanical paintings. This book includes numerous step-by-step studies, close-up photography and finished pieces, through which Billy reveals the techniques she uses to attain her stunningly beautiful portraits of flowers, fruit and vegetables. With detailed guidance on every aspect of the painting process, from accurately counting the petals on a flower to creating the downy texture on a peach, this is an inspiring and indispensible guide for all botanical artists.
Billy Showell graduated from St Martins School of Art with a B.A. in fashion design, but was irresistably drawn to painting and illustration. In 1993 she set course for a career as an artist and now paints, illustrates and teaches botanical painting in the UK, USA and Australia. She lives in Tunbridge Wells, UK with her husband and two sons. Billy has been awarded five Certificates of Botanical Merit from the Society of Botanical Artists. Her paintings are collected the world over and many are available as limited edition prints. Full details of all her awards and commendations can be found on her website www.billyshowell.co.uk
IntroductionMaterialsGetting startedWorking from lifeObservationDrawingUsing a brushPainting techniquesTroubleshootingPainting detailAdding patternCreating texturePainting multi-headed flowersPainting from enlarged photographsColour and colour mixingCompositionStretching and finishingGlossaryIndex