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 very difficult to get.
Barnes and Noble found two copies for me. Amazon still has a number of them available in new, used and hardcover. British bookseller, The Book Depository also has some copies available. Get one while you still can. It’s a great book for methods and materials of botanical watercolor painting in a simplified and easy to follow format. Currently, I am in the process of finding a substitute that will work in its place. In the meantime, I’ll keep using it until all available copies are gone.
One of my dreams has been to visit The Eden Project in Cornwall in the U.K. with a group of botanical artists. From all accounts it is truly a remarkable place. The amazing story as told on the website is of the transformation of an abandoned porcelain quarry repurposed to provide habitat for an array of plants from all over the planet. Biosphere domes shelter the plants in two basic climates: rainforest and Mediterranean.
Along with the plant life, The Eden Project provides educational opportunities for all ages in wide ranging topics from gardening tips to university degrees in subjects such as Horticulture, Land and Ecological Restoration and Sustainable Tourism. Many recreational opportunities are also available. You can opt for a Zip wire adventure, a visit to the Myth and Folklore garden where you might encounter a fairy or two, or spend time taking in the scents from the perfume garden. Concerts and festivals are held frequently throughout the summer months. A trip to The Eden Project includes lots activities for the kids and even an adventure for you and your dog.
Someday I may make it to The Eden Project. If you are fortunate enough to go, please share your adventure with me. I’d love to hear about it. In the meantime, happy painting!