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This book is lovely and contains stunning photographs of the artist’s work. The layout of the pages and composition is beautiful. There are some references and links at the back of the book, and Carolyn Jenkins does list her favourite 26ish watercolour paints from Winsor & Newton, Schminke and Daniel Smith, as well as her two favourite natural bristle brushes. But beyond a materials listing, there is no instruction. If you are looking for information about how Ms. Jenkins layers her colours (apart from noting that she uses an ultramarine blue underpainting or overlay to create some effects) or what her actual painting process entails, you won’t find it here. This is more of an autobiographical love letter to her gardens in London and France (she’s also a professional gardener), an exploration of some of her inspirations, examples of her commercial work, and some very practical information about photographing her botanical subjects. I would consider this more of a coffee table book with solid accompanying text. The paintings really are breathtaking and Ms. Jenkins uses beautiful, vivid vibrant colours. If you are a fan of brightly-coloured, detailed and exquisitely rendered botanical art, then this is most definitely a book for you. If you are looking for a book on techniques for how to paint botanicals, look elsewhere. But I would love a room covered in her floral Mineheart wallpaper.
This volume is perfectly titled. The compositions are unique and the colors are exquisite. I love that the artist shared their palette and approach. I bought the electronic version because I am trying to keep my library scaled down but I think I’ll treat myself to the physical book, it’s quite special.