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Billy Showell's botanical painting in watercolour

Billy Showell's botanical painting in watercolour

Showell, Billy, author

Billy Showell's highly accomplished paintings give a contemporary twist to the traditional art of botanical painting, and have received worldwide acclaim. In this her fourth book she reveals in depth the techniques she uses to produce her stunning works of art. Every aspect of botanical painting is covered, including the materials and tools you need, preserving your specimens, drawing, painting, color mixing and composition. Richly illustrated throughout with step-by-step demonstrations and examples of Billy's work, this book is a visual feast as well as an invaluable source of expert guidance and inspiration. With a diverse range of subjects that include flowers, foliage, fruit and vegetables, Billy provides an insight into her painting techniques that artists of all abilities will find both informative and inspirational

Hardback, Book. English.
Published Tunbridge Wells: Search Press, 2016
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Statement of responsibility: Billy Showell
ISBN: 1844484513, 9781844484515
Physical Description: 192 pages : illustrations (colour) ; 25 cm
Subject: Plants in art.; Watercolor painting Technique.; Art and Design.


  1. Introduction
  2. Materials
  3. Getting started
  4. Working from life
  5. Observation
  6. Drawing
  7. Using a brush
  8. Painting techniques
  9. Troubleshooting
  10. Painting detail
  11. Adding pattern
  12. Creating texture
  13. Painting multi-headed flowers
  14. Painting from enlarged photographs
  15. Colour and colour mixing
  16. Composition
  17. Stretching and finishing
  18. Glossary
  19. Index

Author note

Billy Showell graduated from St Martins School of Art with a B.A. in fashion design, but was irresistibly drawn to painting and illustration. In 1993 she set course for a career as an artist and now paints, illustrates and teaches botanical painting at her studio and art clubs 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 and her first book on watercolor flower portraits has been hugely successful in the UK and abroad. Billy's paintings are collected by her followers the world over and many are available as limited edition prints.