I've been feeling rich and picked up two inspiring books on botanical art. I've always loved the paintings of old plant specimens especially the well done stuff. These books both show botanical art but in different styles but both highly lifelike.
This one is my favorite as it describes creating each style of botanical presentation from sceintific *(and the many styles) to folksy but with an emphasis on creating the more technical/scientific "species profile" aspect which I really love.
(picked this up at Barnes and noble books)
Painting Flowers A to Z
This one is more like a book of tutorials on painting flowers/plants of many types (including some orchids) and uses oils but you can do the same with acrylics with extender medium added to your paints.
(picked this up at michaels craft store)
Hopefully someone will find these books interesting too! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]