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I'm losing you, aren't I? Sorry, but read the book and you'll see immediately what I mean. The best way to sum up the approach is to say that that this is very much a book about painting, not a book about flowers. To this end, as well as lots and lots of pictures of flowers and plants, there's also a wealth of information about how to paint them. But, let's be clear, this is not an introduction to flower painting, it's far more than that.
In fact, it's one of the first books I've seen, especially on this subject, that assumes quite a bit of previous experience. However, if you're serious about painting flowers, then Billy Showell has a huge amount to tell you.
She talks about general painting methods and techniques, painting specific flower elements - petals, leaves and so on - and also how to handle various types of flowers, as well as some very detailed step-by-step demonstrations of specific examples. Although there is a structure to the book, it's not one you're going to work through like a course. Probably the best approach would be to familiarise yourself with the layout, get the hang of what Billy has to say, and then start to tackle the sections that most interest you.
I think that would work.
There's a lot to absorb and you get a lot for your money, too. An extremely well written, well illustrated book which will help any aspiring botanical artist to create brilliant flower portraits in watercolour. Billy Showell has developed a deep interest in flowers and is able to bring the flowers alive on the page.
Although watercolour lacks the lustre of oils and acrylics, Billy's watercolour illustrations have a depth and shading which is quite unusual. By working through this book, you can acquire all the basic skills that any flower illustrator would need.