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Botanical Painting

Margaret Stevens Although you could fill a generous library shelf with books on flower painting, there is always something more to say and this sumptuous and informative new book finds plenty. Although it’s compiled by Margaret Stevens, the work comes from many of the members of the Society of Botanical Artists, adding a variety of styles and approaches that provide plenty for consideration. Although there is a good selection of step-by-step demonstrations, Margaret also expounds on the theory and practice of botanical illustration and includes arrangements and settings, from florals to gardens, as well as album-style specimens. Subject matter includes not just flowers but fruit, vegetables, trees and grasses. This is a book for the more experienced painter, and is all the better for that. This is a complex subject and it and its practitioners deserve to be given the serious attention they receive here. Batsford £25, 160 pages (H/B) ISBN 9781849944526

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Welcome to the December issue of The Artist, packed with inspiring, practical articles and demonstrations from top professional artists, all designed to help you improve your drawing and painting skills and techniques. Whatever your preferred medium, there's something for everyone, from how to use wet-in-wet watercolour to capture the mists of autumn, paint a still life in oils over acrylics, use aerial perspective to create distance and atmosphere in your landscapes, to advice on coloured-pencil techniques for botanical subjects. Learn how to glaze your acrylic paintings for greater impact, capture the shimmering light and movement of the sea in acrylics, choose colours for maximum effect for your flower paintings, plus why not try setting up a contemporary still life for something different this month. There's an insight into 'Pete the Street' Brown's approach to working en plein air, Charles Williams' questions what we want from art, and Sally Barton explains how to paint portraits of people's houses to commission. We also include the latest art news and a host of information about competitions to enter, books and art products, offers and more for your artistic enjoyment.