Reviews

This is a selection from the many unsolicited Tech Talk, workshop and e-booklet reviews I’ve been pleased to receive.

In the interest of protecting people from online nuisance and spam, I’ve attached only initials.

E-booklets

Margaret has produced some of the most accessible, affordable and massively informative e-books for botanical artists and students I have come across. Essential reading!

DE 

I absolutely love these e-booklets, a great and affordable way to learn from one of the very, very best.

MW

I believe that this (The Value of Colour  – Pale hues and Soft neutrals) will be essential reading for artists and students from everywhere. Congratulations on a beautiful and informative e-book on a fundamental subject for us all.

DE 

You’re very inspiring and also very generous. The Value of Colour is a wonderful resource on the most fascinating of subjects.

AH

It is abundantly clear to me now that painting off a digital image does not in any way come close to matching colour to the real plant. Margaret’s process, techniques and superb understanding of paint pigments outlined in her e-booklets made this painting possible for me.

GC

I love your work and your e-books are fantastic.

 

CC

Such talent. I plan on collecting all of the e-booklets. Of all of the literally hundreds of books I have, these are the most helpful and informative.

JEF

Your e-booklets are encyclopedias of valuable and well-written information.

M la C

Your e-books are a ‘Treasure Trove’ Margaret.

RP

Your e-books are excellent! So much valuable information. Beautifully organized. A joy to read and view. Clearly, you are a former teacher. 

PM 

The download went off without a hitch. Love the booklets. I have them printed up for my use on 32lb paper and spiral bound with clear covers. It makes such a nice addition to my botanical art book library. Please pass on to Margaret how much her work is appreciated!

 

BS

I purchased three of your e-booklets yesterday. I read one of them in full last night. I highlighted the heck out of it! My only complaint is that we live too far apart for me to take an in-person workshop taught by you. Highly impressed! Your love of teaching oozed out of my booklet.

SLV

I took the time to read the Going Green booklet today and need to say what a wonderful job! The layout is so beautiful – they all are!

CD

Since I have been totally immersed in your books for coloured pencil these past few days, the new one on greens comes at the best time for me. Your techniques have expanded my understanding of what pencils can do and how to achieve results. Thoroughly enjoying the process.

JB

I want to thank you for the information in the booklets. They are wonderful and just what I have been looking for. I’m very excited to continue my journey into painting with this info.

SB

Fantastic as always! And yes, it is packed with great information. And yes, I need it as I am one of those artists who has done many workshops and had many teachers and got different paints every time. And I have to confess I’ve accumulated around 60 different paints of which I use a small part. So it is time for spring cleaning. Thank you, Margaret!

KG

I’ve already started reading it and LOVE IT!! Like all of Margaret’s booklets, they are wonderful. Please tell her to keep on writing. I love her openness and honesty. What a treasure!

JS

The thing that I like most about your booklets is that they teach not only a single approach to a single subject matter but also ways to look at color that will increase interest and beauty in all of the reader’s subsequent work.

RCE

These workbooks are a huge asset to me (and I’m sure to the botanical art community in general). Thank you for the work that has gone into them and the passing on of invaluable knowledge. 

AvZ

Each of the booklets I’ve received has been phenomenal! Margaret addresses questions and supplies education that I would not otherwise have access to. I’m especially grateful for the most recent Going Green. Green and I have such a love-hate relationship.

LE

These e-booklets are so great, so affordable with rich and priceless knowledge. Love them! 

LM

Not only is the written material invaluable and clear to understand, the illustrations are beautiful . . . an altogether wonderful experience.

GY

These e-books are so wonderful! thank you for creating them

TR

I have received them and started to read them yesterday – they are fabulous!

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Workshops & Tech Talks

Thank you for your enquiry. Margaret’s class is already full! We may put you on a waiting list if you like, or you may wish to choose another tutor? Margaret’s class filled up before you could say “Georg Dionysius Ehret” — I have never known anything like it to happen before!

J deC

You have been one of the most important and influential teachers of my art/illustration career and I’m sure your advice and words will be with me until my very last piece is created. My work has been forever changed by you.

CD

Many thanks for a thought-provoking Tech Talk last night. Excellently managed and good pace throughout. I’ve been looking through my art work with your comments and insights in mind. Definitely room for development! No matter our level of ability, and degree of experience, there was something for us all. The time rushed by, it was so enjoyable. Now to give your e-booklet another in-depth scrutiny.

WH 

I want to thank you so much for the Tech Talks. Not only are they informative and lots to think about, but they are also very motivating to keep on trying. Please do more. You are so important. Thank you!

PK 

Margaret, your Tech Talks are the glue which has pulled everything together for me and set my learning. The format is spot on; it brings workshop (in-person and online) and e-booklet learning all together seamlessly. I feel both encouraged and empowered . . . It just all comes together and makes sense! Thank you for offering these informative Tech Talks.

HG

Today’s Tech Talk on Composition was so interesting. You continue to inspire all your students. I will be reading my e-booklet tonight to review. 

EW

Margaret’s Tech Talks have been FANTASTIC!!!

CS

I just finished your Tech Talk on composition and my head is spinning! It was wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing. 

LM

I really enjoyed your Tech Talk last week on Composition. And learned so much! And I now know I’m a ‘plonker’ and really need to rethink it all. Thank you for getting me to revise my approach. I took extensive notes but will order the Compostion e-booklet also.

RE 

I learned SO MUCH for your Tech Talk. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

AW

 

I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed yesterday’s Tech Talk on pale value. Wonderful to see other artists’ work and the samples of the Impressionists were amazing. I’m now motivated to keep working in graphite.

KH

Once again Margaret, your Tech Talks are wonderful and inspirational. I can’t thank you enough; you keep ‘pushing’ me forward to get better and not be afraid.

JS

Thank you, Margaret. This Tech Talk was very enriching and conceptually expansive.

BS

 

Always so brilliant, Margaret – thank you so much for your generosity!

M LaJ

I left both challenged and inspired. Thank you so much!

LH

Stunning presentation – when’s the next one?

BB

Such a great class! This approach to colour instruction is so effective.

DP

Fabulous class. Fabulous instructor. Learned so much.

CB

Your Tech Talk was absolutely fabulous . . . comprehensive, clear as a bell and the time flew by.

GY

Margaret’s Tech Talk on Saturday was amazing—she is a wonderful educator. 

SQ

Many thanks for your superb service. And please express my enjoyment to Margaret for her Tech Talk last night. It clarified a number of issues and I’m reappraising a work in progress as a consequence.

WH 

What a fabulous 3-day workshop. And such a generous and helpful follow-up!

JB

It is an honour and a privilege to have you as a mentor. I look forward to many, many, many, more years of fruitful collaborations with you!

SP

Your teaching resonates with me so strongly. For years I have struggled and struggled with my color mixing and my inability to get very dark shadows that were not sludgy got me down many a time. But your booklets and online course helped me understand color in a way I never have before. 

IvZ

The online workshop with Margaret was amazing! The level she took us to in three days was nothing short of mind blowing.

VR

Thank you for a very enlightening “Capturing Light ” workshop. For my painting, this workshop, along with the previous “Chasing Shadows” workshop, was a complete game changer. Having a controlled lighting setup, being made aware of the shadows and reflected light on the subject and then translating all of that into paint with a very carefully-chosen palette, has brought my painting to a whole new level. 

CS

I had 3 WOW moments in Margaret’s workshop. What you need to do before you even put a brush to paper, how to mix paints correctly and keep the consistency accurate throughout a painting and, how to build depth of colour.

GC

Additional workshop reviews on my portfolio site

In addition to these workshop and e-booklet reviews there are reviews of my workshops on my portfolio website.