Botanical Painting

Botanical Painting

by Mariella Baldwin
     
 

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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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"Stands alone as a guide to the technique of botanical painting."  —Library Journal

"Complements Lizabeth Leech's Botany for Artists very well."  —Library Journal

Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847972774
Publisher:
Crowood Press, The
Publication date:
04/01/2012
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,259,102
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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From the Publisher
"Stands alone as a guide to the technique of botanical painting."  —Library Journal

"Complements Lizabeth Leech's Botany for Artists very well."  —Library Journal

Meet the Author

Mariella Baldwin is a professional botanical artist whose paintings are held in private collections across the world as well as the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation in Pittsburgh, the Chelsea Physic Garden, and Hampton Court Palace.

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