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Botanical illustration

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Art of Botanical Drawing

Agathe Ravet-Haevermans 

This charmingly illustrated book is an ideal guide to the art of botanical drawing and painting. Agathe Ravet-Haevermans instructs the reader how to recognize and draw a wide variety of flowers and leaves and covers the textures and structural elements of a range of different plants including succulents, vegetables, trees and grasses. Practical as well as beautiful, this should be a welcome addition to the bookshelves of anyone interested in botanical art.

About Agathe Ravet-Haevermans

Agathe Ravet-Haevermans is a scientific illustrator and naturalist at the Museum of Natural History in Paris where she also teaches botanical drawing to adults.

96 pages/Soft cover/ ISBN 978 140811 111 6/ RRP $35.00

Available for purchase through the Garden Shop at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. Email or phone Joanne Jordan on 02 4567 3000.

 

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Contemporary Botanical Artists. The Shirley Sherwood Collection

Shirley Sherwood

Shirley Sherwood started collecting contemporary botanical art in 1990 when she became involved with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Since then she has toured the world in search of the very best practitioners of the art, and has brought them together in a collection that celebrates the renaissance of botanical painting the world over.

Over a hundred artists are represented here, with work that rivals- and in some cases surpasses - even the exquisite botanical studies of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The career of each artist is examined in an illuminating essay accompanying their work. The result is a ravishin and important record of an enduringly popular art form.

240 pages/ Soft cover/ 225mm x 290mm/ISBN 0-297-82270-5/ RRP $69.95

Available for purchase through the Garden Shop at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. Email or phone Joanne Jordan on 02 4567 3000.

 

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Drawing & Painting Plants

Christina Brodie 

This is a botanically based (as opposed to free-form drawing) practical manual on how to paint a vast range of plants in watercolour and other media.

Drawing on her experience as a botanical art teacher, Christina Brodie takes a holistic approach to botanical art, covering: botanical terminology; drawing and painting techniques in a wide range of media; dissection and examination of plants; fieldwork studies; microscope work and tips on presentation.

Having been taken through the various techniques in clear steps, the reader will be able to draw and paint flowers, fruit, leaves, stems and roots, trees, fungi, ferns and horsetails, seaweeds and other algae, mosses and lichens with remarkable precision and stunning detail.

About Christina Brodie

Christina Brodie is a graduate from the Winchester School of Art, and she was awarded RHS Gold Medals in 2003 and 2005. She has taught botanical painting for the RHS at Rosemoor, and runs design company Temple of Flora.

144 pages/Soft cover/ ISBN 978 071366 889 6/ RRP $55.00

Available for purchase through the Garden Shop at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. Email or phone Joanne Jordan on 02 4567 3000. 

 

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The Flower Hunter

Ellis Rowan

Ellis Rowan - painter, naturalist, writer and explorer- was an extraordinary woman for her era. Petite, plucky and always dressed immaculately, for almost 50 years she travelled to the remote parts of Australia, India, Europe, America and New Guinea in pursuit of exotic flowers and wildelife to paint. Over 3000 works testify to her prodigious output. Unabashedly ambitious, throughout her life she used her social connections to promote her work which was internationally acclaimed and collected by royalty. For all her accolades however Rowan’s reputation was contentious, even after her death. It is hoped that The Flower Hunter will help establish her rightful place in Australian art.

105 pages/ Soft cover/290mm x 235mm/ISBN 064210760-2/RRP $19.90

Available for purchase through the Garden Shop at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. Email or phone Joanne Jordan on 02 4567 3000. 

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George Caley- 19th Century Naturalist

Joan Webb

This biography is the first on George Caley to take a balanced approach to the life and work of a man who made a major contribution to 19th century scientific studies. Dr Webb takes the reader from Caley’s humble beginnings in a stable in Yorkshire to the settlement of Parramatta in New South Wales in 1800. It traces his journey through the colony, his encounters with Governor King, Governor Bligh and Reverend Samuel Marsden. His studies of the Australian flora and fauna are dealt with in detail. Research in London and Manchester as well as the Herbaria of a number of countries around the world has enabled the author to give the reader details of Caley’s early life and events after his return from New South Wales in 1810. Included are details of the fate of Caley’s extensive collections and the facts about those unwise decisions which led him to stagnate first in Manchester and then in the island of St Vincent.

187 pages/Hard cover/215mm x 305mm/ISBN 0949324620/RRP $39.95

Available for purchase through the Garden Shop at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. Email or phone Joanne Jordan on 02 4567 3000. 

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How to Draw Plants: the techniques of botanical illustration

Keith West

This comprehensive and authoritative handbook is for all those who want to portray plants and flowers with botanical accuracy. In it the author Keith West gives detailed advice on working in pencil, pen, scraper board, watercolour, acrylics and gouache; on building up a painting or drawing by stages; on taking measurements and understanding plant structure; on  collecting; handling and preserving plant material, and on the use of the hand lens and dissecting microscope.

Essential botanical terms and information are fully explained and illustrated, and there is a useful glossary. Highly illustrated, the book includes the work of well-known artists of the past as well as large number of diagrams and line drawings. All in all, it is the complete guide for anyone wishing to produce work of botanical accuracy.

152 pages/Soft cover/245mm x 185mm/ ISBN0713670053/ RRP $39.95

Available for purchase through the Garden Shop at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. Email or phone Joanne Jordan on 02 4567 3000.