Michael Lakin was born and bred in South Derbyshire, UK. His early learning was basic but he always excelled in art. After leaving school he moved into engineering, becoming a manager, before he left to start his own business. Michael kept up art as a hobby and began to teach classes in Botanical Art to adults at Derby WAEA. Since then he has exhibited in London and other parts of the UK. He has a purpose-built studio next to his rural home, where he teaches and gives demonstrations throughout the year. He is a full member of the Society of Botanical Artists (SBA) and a member of the Society of Floral Painters (SFP). He was awarded the Highly Commended Joyce Cummings Award for the portrait of Red Onions and he received a silver medal at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) London (April 2014) for paintings of the Lifecycle of the Newton Wonder Apple.
Michael presents a 6-stage process to painting any flower you like in detail. It's a mix of traditional techniques and contemporary style to produce detailed flower portraits. There are sections on colour (including greens), drawing (simplifying the process into shapes), tone, composition and dissection. 12 excellent step-by-step projects are included with full-size tracings provided. Find out how to select, prepare and draw flowers and how to mix colours. Michael has chosen to depict favourite flowers with wide appeal - rose, calla lily, iris, magnolia and pansy amongst others. Throughout you will find Michael's inspirational flower paintings. This book is based on two previously published books. * www.yarnsandfabrics.co.uk * December 2017 Michael Lakin's Beginner's Guide to Botanical Flower Painting turns the exquisite art of botanical painting into an achievable reality using his six-stage process. There are sections on colour, drawing, tone, composition and dissection, intersoersed with many tips along the way, plus 12 step-by-step projects with full-size tracings included. * The Leisure Painter *