When I saw the paintings of Susan Bourdet, I was fascinated by her style of painting, the fluid beautifully blended background washes, the simple but striking compositions, the lovely bright colours and the beautifully rendered foreground subjects of nature. I bought both her books as a next step in my learning process. She shows various mini demos for building a painting and finally four complete compositions. There are also sections on how to choose reference materials to make a good composition. I had the most magical time looking at her gallery of paintings and thought it would take a lifetime to be able to do anything like that. I mustered up enough courage finally and started on the one titled ‘warblers and wisteria’ on a very small sized paper.