Botanical painting

Mariella Baldwin

Book - 2011

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Published
Ramsbury, Wiltshire : Crowood Press 2011.
Language
English
Physical Description
144 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (p. 141) and index.
ISBN
9781847972774
1847972772
Main Author
Mariella Baldwin (-)
  • Materials
  • Drawing the subject
  • Painting exercises
  • Specific colours for specific projects
  • Roots and stems
  • Leaves
  • Flowers and their parts
  • Fruit
  • Special techniques
  • The sketchbook and composition.
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Botanical artists' primary aim is to portray their subjects as realistically as possible, focusing on nuanced, accurate color representation and the structural details of plants. This book focuses on the painting process, with special attention paid to tools unique to botanical art, such as magnifying glasses, microscopes, and pruning shears. A section on plant handling details the best ways to cut plants and preserve flowers for extended study. The bulk of the book is organized according to plant parts: roots, leaves, flowers, and fruit. VERDICT Stands alone as a guide to the technique of botanical painting. Also complements Lizabeth Leech's Botany for Artists (below) very well. [Page 78]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Seeks to convey the essence and beauty of a plant through accurate rendition. This practical book aims to unravel some of the preceived 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.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A beautifully illustrated guide that aims to unravel the perceived mysteries of the art by revealing the steps to making a stunning botanical painting Botanical painting seeks to convey the essence and beauty of a plant through accurate rendition. By breaking complex forms down into basic shapes, this guide to an often intimidating art form provides a foundation for building and developing detail in a painting. It features a strong emphasis on observation, especially observation through drawing; color exercises and techniques to simplify the painting process; and it covers the main features of flowering plants&;the root, the steam, the leaf, the flower, and the fruit.