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The Kew book of botanical illustration.Artist/Author: King, Christabel.
Author, Christabel King has been doing illustrations for Kew for 40 years and is their foremost botanical artist. Here she explains both scientific botanical illustration and the looser botanical art, and covers materials, collecting and preserving plant specimens, drawing and painting techniques, magnification, using dividers, drawing from life, composition, light and shade and transferring drawings. She goes on to discuss painting leaves, flowers, cacti and succulents, wildflowers, trees and plates for Curtis’s Botanical magazine. A chapter on travel drawings gives a flavour of the author’s passion and worldwide experience. There is a helpful section on suitable subjects for beginners and a glossary of terms. The text is highly illustrated throughout with beautiful paintings.
Botanical painting with watercolour.Artist/Author: Hicks, Daphne.
The characteristics of watercolour naturally complement botanical art and this stunning book shows you how to make the most of this versatile artistic medium. This book guides you through the complexities of painting flowers, with advice on materials and colour mixing, using colour to achieve translucency and clarity, building confidence with step-by-step examples and the importance of observation and botancial accuracy. It then creates detailed and beautiful compositions for the more experienced botanical artist. This new book has ideas and tips on composition and how to include animal life and is structured by season to include a range of flowers and plants.
Flora illustrata: Great Works from the LuEsther T. Mertz Library of the New York Botanical GardenArtist/Author: Fraser, Susan M. and Vanessa Bezemer Sellers, editors.
The renowned LuEsther T. Mertz Library of the New York Botanical Garden contains many of the most beautiful and pioneering botanical and horticultural works ever created. More than eight centuries of knowledge, from the twelfth century to the present, are represented in the library’s collection of over one million items. In this lavishly illustrated volume, international experts introduce us to some of the library’s exceedingly rare books, stunning botanical artworks, handwritten manuscripts, Renaissance herbals, nursery catalogs, explorers’ notebooks, and more. The contributors hold these treasures up for close inspection and offer surprising insights into their histories and importance. The diverse materials showcased in the volume reflect the creative efforts of eminent explorers, scientists, artists, publishers, and print makers. From the rare, illuminated pages of Pliny the Elder’s “Naturalis historia “(1483), to the earliest book ever published on American insects (1797), to lovely etchings of the water gardens at Villa Pratolino in Florence (1600s), the Mertz Library holdings will inspire in readers a new appreciation for the extraordinary history of botany and its far-reaching connections to the worlds of science, books, art, and culture.
The Art of Botanical IllustrationArtist/Author: Blunt, Wilfred and William T. Stern.
This major work, first published in 1950, is still considered the classic work on the subject. The book was revised and enlarged by ACC in the year 2000, and published to overwhelming acclaim; this is a redesigned version of that edition. It provides a comprehensive, critical and well-illustrated survey of the portrayal of plants over more than three thousand years. This edition includes 126 colour plates (more than twice as many as the original 1950 edition) and 140 black and white illustrations, thus making available to the general public numerous examples of the work of great botanical illustrators past and present.
The Art of Flower Photography.Artist/Author: Niemeyer, Lucian.
This book is for all who have wanted to capture the beauty of flowers in photographs, but felt they lacked the experience to succeed. With 215 vivid colour photos of a wide range of flowers, professional photographer Lucian Niemeyer takes readers through the steps necessary to create artful colour photographs, including the right choices of setting, lighting, colour palette, and equipment, photographic techniques, and documentation and storage of the resulting images. He shows how flowers from the United States, Brazil, Africa, Bali, the Caribbean, Europe, and Canada were photographed in widely varied settings, under morning and evening skies. He shows various tones and moods that may be achieved when proper photographic techniques are applied.
The Green Florilegium.Artist/Author: Poulsen, Hanne Kolind.
Very little is known about the Green Florilegium. Neither signed nor dated, it is generally attributed to the German painter Hans Simon Holtzbecker and originates from the library at Gottorp Castle in Schleswig. The album now resides at Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen. Recently the book was painstakingly restored, allowing the delicate illustrations to come to new life in their original colours. This beautiful volume reproduces the original work of 400 botanical illustrations in its entirety. It also includes an introductory essay and captions with basic information on each flower. Published for the first time, this lovely book is a must-have for lovers of botanical illustration. Text in English and German.
Botanical illustration: the first ten lessons.Artist/Author: Price, Valerie.
Provides a practical introduction to botanical illustration based on ten graded lessons. Each lesson gives you new skills to build upon the last. From mushrooms to orchids to hawthorn berries and leaves; once you’ve completed these lessons in drawing and painting botanical subjects, you will have all the techniques you need in order to tackle far more complex arrangements. An experienced teacher of botanical illustration, Valerie Price shows even the uninitiated illustrator how to produce accurate and beautiful results, with her step-by-step instructions on how to tackle each individual project. With advice on topics including accurate drawing, measuring and recording your subject, right the way through to preparing a well-composed botanical plate, this book covers everything you need to know to get ahead in botanical illustration.
Collecting ladies: Ferdinand von Mueller and women botanical artists.Artist/Author: Olsen, Penny.
Around 1870, Ferdinand von Mueller, the greatest Australian botanist of the nineteenth century, began to advertise in several newspapers across Australia for lady plant collectors. Of Muellers astounding 3,000-strong network of collectors (which he maintained through between 2,000 and 6,000 letters a year), only about ten per cent were women. However, this was at a time when women typically had little recourse to science, or contact with men outside their circle of friends, making Muellers network of ladies quite extraordinary. Collecting Ladies profiles 14 of Muellers coterie of women collectors. Included are Fanny Charsley, Louisa Atkinson, Annie Walker and Ellis Rowan for whom Mueller made time to assist in pursuit of their own passions. He identified the plants they painted and provided letters of introduction to publishers and scientists. Together, these ladies produced some of the most beautiful books and botanical art to come out of Australia in the nineteenth century, covering all the Australian colonies. Author Penny Olsen provides a lively portrait of each woman featured in Collecting Ladies, beautifully complemented with photographs, drawings and paintings in full colour, the majority drawn from the National Library of Australia collections.
500 Plants: Great Australian Favourites for your GardenArtist/Author: Stewart, Angus.
Out of the thousands of Australian plants worthy of garden space, here are the top 500, as edited and selected by Angus Stewart. These are the tried and tested, the popular cultivars, the ones that won’t turn up their heels and die on you – and are available commercially. Over the last few decades, the native plants that had been looked on by generations of Australian gardeners as inferior and drab are now being viewed in a different light. Many gardeners now see the opportunity to introduce a sense of place to their landscape to link it with the indigenous landscape. Improved cultivars, a better palette of plants to use in garden design, and a new-found pride in the classic shapes, forms and textures of many of the wild species of Banksias, Grevilleas, Gum Trees and Wattles have opened the eyes of many gardeners. Fully illustrated throughout and filled with handy top 10 purpose-driven lists, 500 Plants collects Angus’s favourites in his journey through the world of Australian plants. Some are relatively new cultivars, others are old favourite wild species; there is something in this book for every Australian climate and major soil type.
The golden age of botanical art.Artist/Author: Rix, Martyn.
From some of the earliest attempts at art to the plant hunters of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the images produced in the study of plants have held a fascination for all those who love nature. This book brings together the stories of the intrepid explorers (some of whom became botanical artists by default) and the many professional artists who recorded the flora that they discovered on their travels and expeditions. Truly global in its scope, this beautifully illustrated book moves across centuries and continents looking at the artistry of China and India, delving into the sketchbooks of explorers in the Himalayas and following the voyages of those who discovered new worlds and new species as far apart as Russian and South America. Alongside special features on key figures in the botanical art world, the book highlights the work of some of the great names of botanical art, including Ehret and Bauer. This book includes a host of rarely, or previously unpublished, images, and shows how what might have been a pastime for some also made a significant contribution to our understanding of the world and the glories of nature.
Botanical painting.Artist/Author: Baldwin, Mariella.
Written in an accessible style and beautifully illustrated, this practical book aims to unravel some of the perceived mysteries of the art by revealing the steps that go towards making a stunning painting. By breaking complex forms down into basic shapes, it provides a foundation for building and developing detail in a painting.
Seeing flowers: discover the hidden life of flowers.Artist/Author: Dunn Chace, Teri and Robert Llewellyn.
Robert Llewellyn’s intricate photographs illuminate the amazing beauty of everyday flowers in this companion to “Seeing trees”. Teri Dunn Chace discusses the unique characteristics of each flower family. This combination delivers a fresh perspective on familiar garden flowers. For “Seeing trees” see .