Dear friends, firstly happy Valentines day, I am wishing many roses fall or fell into your laps today.
I am delighted with the launch of the tutorial website but it's been close to the emotions of having another baby! I have to sincerely thank everyone who has joined and for their patience. Tom my Tech guy has helped a few to log in and I am so glad you have managed to join us.
Don't judge me on this outfit, you were only supposed to see me from the waist up!
*One of the first things you'll notice on the subscribe site is that you need a username and password, you have to complete the new account form which is right at the bottom of the subscribe page of the payment plan you chose. You can't fill in the username and password until you have received the email conformations from us.
*If you are looking for your emails from us and your log in details, they may have gone into your spam folder so do check in there!
*Don't worry if you new to this kind of site and feel at sea with it, as no doubt I would have been in that wobbly boat with you, it is all fixable.
In a way, I am inviting you into my painterly world via this site and I sincerely hope that anyone joining enjoys the attention to quality that we have aimed for, we have been planning and secretly working on this site for quite sometime now and I have launched it quietly amongst my collected friends through email and Facebook without the fanfare, I aimed to share it with you first to get some gentle feedback and of course this is what you have done and I thank you for that; those of you who know me well will know how seriously and personally I take your expectations and satisfaction with my teaching.
Hopefully, you have followed and joined because you like the way I paint and in return I hope to explain my techniques and share with you the joy of mastering watercolour.
At the moment, it is just me and Tom at the end of the line, Roddy and Gavin have done the superb filming and editing and Tom is in charge of the website and teaching me how to moderately update things.
I send out the parcels, answer the non technical emails, teach my classes, book the diary and run house, home and kids and ....paint? well not very often at the moment but I do try to squeeze it all in. With all the above please do 'bear with' as they say, if I don't call back straight away or email back immediately or not send parcels the next day, you can be sure I am trying and will endeavour at all times to do it all as soon as possible respecting at all times that you are patiently waiting at the other end.
I love every minute of my bonkers lifestyle and thoroughly enjoy teaching and sharing what I know, so I will thank you all again and wish wholeheartedly that you enjoy the tutorials and tell your friends that it is worth the effort to join (many hours of tutorial for the price of one coffee out a week) at http://subscribe.billyshowell.com/ With best wishes and happiness in all your painting Billy Showell
Dear lovely friends, it has been a varied month so far, the SBA show was my best so far, I sold 4 out of the 5 paintings and still feel a little giddy about it. The large painting called 'South facing wall' won the Suzanne Lucas memorial award (Suzanne was the founder president of the Society of Botanical Artists) and peoples choice, get me a chair!!! I thought the show was colourful and varied but we still need new and exciting artists to join the fold, so spread the word and encourage fellow artists to apply, most mediums are being considered.Any hoo, following up on family matters, in case you are following me, I did actually have to tolerate a party for Will and am recovering from a very late night after peeling drunken girls up from the floor at 2am in the morning; followed in the morning by a massive trip to the bottle bank, I am very concerned that the young'uns drink so much and that's before they arrived at the party! I now miss the jelly and ice cream days. …
black petunias from last year's SBA show. Dear Painterly Friends, I have had very little time this year so far to paint and when I do have time I will iron, clean, hoover, organise etc. etc. anything but paint. Infuriating as this is I eventually pick up the brush and then the phone rings or I check my email and then have to sort out work things.OOO LA LA, this is a problem added to that, one has to squeeze in a new year diet and exercise programme, it would be funny if it wasn't so tragic, the perpetual cycle of to do's. As I wrote to one lady recently 'my mind is like a washing machine, constantly turning, always clean, sometimes in a spin, always jumbled up and always with one sock missing' But not this year, let it be known that I will endeavour to be a grown-up; surprised and amazed at how my sons are taking control of their lives and destiny, I am taking inspiration from them. Somehow I have brought up 2 men who talk with conviction and elegance and rather tha…