I've come across an interview with Susannah Blaxill, the renowned Australian botanical artist who painted that beetroot! (which I wrote about earlier this year - see Susannah Blaxill's beetroot and a magnifying glass)
I found the interview today as a link on her website. I found it an absolutely fascinating and learned a lot - I hope you do too. You can also find Susannah writing about her art on her website
The interview between Susannah Blaxill and Zoneone Arts covers the following topics
There is nothing worse than discovering that something is not right when 50%, or even worse 90% of the painting is completed. It is actually a waste of time to rush this early stage.
I have found over the years that it is more important to give students information and skills that they can build on rather than attempting to encourage them to produce finished paintings.
I think that drawing and painting onion skin gives me more pleasure than almost anything else.
To depict in art the richness of an older face with all the signs of age is so much more interesting than the perfection of the skin of a super model. It is the same with plants – the dying leaves of the pear tree gives the artist so much more scope to explore the ravages of time.
NOTE: Zoneone Arts aims to is to provide online interviews that showcase the full range of contemporary arts and crafts happening in Australia and across the world.
You can find out more about other contemporary Australian botanical artists on my website.
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