At one time or another, every artist looks back and discovers the sketches for a formal painting were better than the finished image. With this in mind, Seligman (Painting Murals) brings us a marvelous book on how to produce lively floral painting by using a sketchbook approach. She begins with watercolor materials and personal tips from professional artists. She then compares different methods of keeping a sketchbook and looks at ways to hone observational skills. The core of the book consists of the sketchbook work of 13 watercolor flower artists. Each artist introduces the work, describes his or her vision, and offers technical advice. Thus, within the private workshop of the sketchbook, one can study a broad variety of techniques and develop one's own style. Seligman's unique approach can be combined with more traditional efforts, like Jean Uhl Spicer's Bright & Beautiful Flowers in Watercolor. Designed and printed like a high-quality, hardbound scrapbook, this sumptuous yet inexpensive volume is highly recommended. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.