For years my favorite book for teaching Botanical painting has been, Botanical Illustration Course with The Eden Project, by Rosie Martin and Meriel Thurstan. The ease of following the book’s guidelines, the abundant illustrations, and demonstrations have made it my go-to textbook. Sadly, I have just found that it is no longer in print and will soon be … More The Eden Project and Botanical Painting
In the ongoing process of making a better rose, at least in painting one, new tools are always being sought, tried and incorporated into the technique. Art supply stores are the garden where new tools are harvested. On one particular scouting expedition, I was overjoyed at what I thought would be a wonderful new tool for streamlining … More A Tale of Two Roses
“I want to paint the way a bird sings.” Claude Monet Sometimes I wish I could compose beautiful poetry. If I could, I’d write some lines about the beauty of a bird in flight, the graceful curve of the wing, the focused determination in the eye, head down, feet up. There is just something magical in … More Poetic Musings
“All art is theft,” David Shields from BrainyQuote After discussing in a previous post about the importance of artists stealing from other artists, I took a look at my favorite targets and why I chose to steal from them. Artistic theft is the truest form of flattery. We learn from those who have gone before by … More A Favorite Theft Target
Hoping you and yours have a wonderful 2019! Mary Gwyn and Twinkie
“Good artists copy, great artists steal,” Picasso as quoted from “Real Artists Don’t Starve” by Jeff Goins A couple of weeks ago, I was standing around in a FedEx Office store waiting for the computer guy to finish my project when in the distance I spotted the word, “Artists” in the title of a book on the rack where there are usually books on sales … More New Year’s Resolution: More Stealing
Have a Happy Holiday Season!