Classic Sketchbook: Botanicals

Classic Sketchbook: Botanicals by Valerie Baines

Secrets of Observational Drawing

Format: Paperback / softback, 112 Pages
ISBN: 9781631591396
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Learn to sketch and paint flowers, from bud to full-blown!

Imagine learning to draw roses with Redoute, or tulips with Pieter Brugel. Imagine learning the secrets that made their flower paintings stand out in their eras and still stand out today. Classic Sketchbook: Botanicals is a draw-in book that shows you how by taking a close look at the details of great floral paintings and coaching readers to try the techniques with the help of an exper's suggestions. Printed on quality uncoated stock and suited for drawing and watercolor, each spread will consist of two working parts.

The left-hand page is for study, featuring a close-up for a drawing or painting by a noted artist from the 19th century or earlier. The right-hand page is for drawing, with only a small box for the expert's brief coaching tips, observations, and a demonstrative sketch. While progressing through the book and trying the different artist styles, you'll gain observational confidence and techniques to apply your own drawing and painting. In learning from the masters, you'll become a master yourself!

Valerie Baines is a founding member and past vice president of Britain's Society of Botanical Artists.

She has been drawing as long as she can remember and studied at Harrow Art School and the Royal College of Music before becoming a designer in the studio at Sandersons, where an aptitude for flower painting is essential. On leaving Sandersons she continued as a freelance designer and illustrator.
Her botanical paintings have been exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, the Royal Horticultural Society, the Linnean Society, London’s Museum of Garden History, and annually with the Society of Botanical Artists, among other venues in England.

Internationally, Valerie has shown her work at the Hunt Institute of Botanical Painting at Carnegie Mellon University, and the Botanical Garden of the Memorial University, Newfoundland.  Le Jardin des Cinq Sens, Yvoire, France hosted a solo exhibition of her work.

Valerie has illustrated more than ten books concerned with natural history, including Guernsey Sketchbook, The Naturalist's Garden, The Story of Silk, and Mindful of Butterflies. She has written articles for The Artist magazine on drawing and painting in watercolor and tutors courses on painting at Pashley Manor, Ticehurst, Sussex, and at Juniper Hall Field Centre, Dorking, Surrey, where there is a butterfly garden.
Valerie Baines resides in East Sussex, in England. Visit her at

Format: Paperback / softback, 112 Pages
ISBN: 9781631591396
Size: 8.5 in x 10 in / 215.9 mm x 254 mm
Tools, Materials, and Tips                 
Sketchbook Opener                           
Pussy Willow                                     
Spring Flowers                                               
Lily of the Valley                               
Still Life with Flowers and Strawberries                                                                   
Striped Tulip                                      
Three Tulips                                       
Still Life with Tulip, Melon, and Flowers     
Three “Broken” Tulips                                                                                   
Apple Blossom                                               
Bearded Iris                                       
Summer Flower Studies                                
Poppy: Pavot                                      
Belladonna Lily                                                         
Rosa Gallica                                       
Branch of Roses                                             
Still Life with Roses                          
Pink Rose with Buds
Bengal Rose                                       
Eglantera Rose                                               
Old-Fashioned Roses                         
Yellow Rose                                                                          
Peony and Double Poppy                                          
Cape Blue Water Lily                                    
Water Lily                                          
Morning Glory                                               
Yellow Chrysanthemums                               
Autumn Leaves                                              
Oak Leaves and Acorns                                 
Stone Pinecone
Eastern Pinecone                                                                                
European Holly                                                          
About the Artist         
"should appeal to the more experienced artist who wants to do their own thinking without being led by the hand at every stage"