For the last six years Christina Hart-Davies has been working on a book called A Wild Plant Year (details below). Today it is officially launched at a large botanical art exhibition of the same name in Hampshire.
Exhibition - A Wild Plant Year
A solo exhibition is a major endeavour - especially when it comprises 234 paintings! All the artwork included in the book can be seen in the exhibition and it's all for sale. There are also more original works by Christina for sale plus books, cards and prints.
I've been a big admirer of her work for a number of years and this major retrospective is a big opportunity for collectors of botanical art!
You can see examples of Christina's work on her website - in terms of Wild Plants, Cultivated Plants, Mosses and Lichens and Monochrome and Line Work for publications
These are the details:
Plus there's the added bonus of an opportunity to visit these delightful gardens!
(Map of the Gardens 513 kB)
NEW Book - A Wild Plant Year
The book is also called A Wild Plant Year and the scope of the book is limited to wild flowers in the UK.
It was described to me by Christina as follows....
a book on wild plants of Britain and their cultural history, folklore, medicinal uses and country names. It's not a botany book or a field identification guide (which I am well used to illustrating), rather a slightly quirky compendium of odd facts about some of our native plants - all illustrated of course.
Christina sent me a copy to review and I was most impressed!
Sarah Morrish has written a very useful blog post for botanical artists called Project Skills for Botanical Artists (i) - Identifying wild flowers & plants. This is the first in a series of posts relating to skills needed by artists developing botanical art projects.
She makes an acute observation early on
Learning to identify plants and their characteristics goes hand in hand with producing accurate botanical illustrations and portraits - you cannot do the latter without the other.
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