Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Inspired by Adam Forster's Wildflower Paintings

Teaching myself to draw plants is a slow, steady process inspired by the plants themselves and books showing other people's work.

Mostly I'm using water colour pencils and paint -- also a little pen and ink.

Yesterday Doug arrived home with a present for me. The book is called A Brilliant Touch: Adam Forster's Wildflower Paintings. Published in 2010 by the National Library of Australia, and edited by Christabel Mattingley, it's a hardcover book of outstanding quality.

During his lifetime, Adam Forster completed 918 paintings (this book contains 90 of his paintings) on Australian wildflowers. His artistic ability and botanical accuracy, when combined with his passion for Australian plants, make him one of the top artists in this field. One of his aims was to help promote an appreciation of the Australian flora, and this he certainly achieved.

This book will inspire me for many, many years to come. It will feed my mind and creativity.

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