I am a member of the North Light Book Club which is a fantastic book club for all kinds of art books. Periodically they have sales on their books and I just received an e-mail blast from them that Billy Showell's Watercolor Flower Portrait Book is on sale for $8.00! The book is usually $29.99. You can't beat the price. Billy is one of my favorite contemporary botanical artists. She has a fresh approach to her watercolors and her compositions break out from a lot of the traditional modes of botanical illustration. Just take a look at her painting, "Bamboo and Lillies" to your right on the sidebar.
Here is a description of the book.
Billy Showell's exquisite and technically brilliant watercolour flower portraits are beautifully presented in this highly informative, lavishly illustrated book. Packed with information on drawing and painting techniques, colour mixing and composition, it is an invaluable source of ideas and inspiration for anyone who wants to develop their flower painting skills, whether or not they have any previous experience.