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This is a botanically based (as opposed to free-form drawing) practical manual on how to paint a vast range of plants in watercolour and other media.
Drawing on her experience as a teacher at RHS Rosemoor, Christine Brodie takes a holistic approach to botanical art, covering: botanical terminology; drawing and painting techniques in a wide range of media; dissection and examination of plants; simple experiments that can be performed at home; microscope work and tips on presentation.
Having been taken through the various techniques in clear steps, the reader will be able to draw and paint flowers, fruit, leaves, stems and roots, trees, fungi, grasses, rushes and sedges, ferns and horsetails, seaweeds and other algae, cacti and succulents, mosses, liverworts and lichens with remarkable precision and stunning detail.
1 The Plant Kingdom
2 Drawing and Watercolour Technique
3 Flowering Plants: Flowers, Fruits & Seeds
4 Flowering Plants: Leaves, Stems & Roots
5 More Painting Media
6 Monochrome Drawing Media
7 Measuring and Magnifying Plant Parts
10 Flowerless Plants
11 Presenting Your Work
12 Further Study
Christina Brodie is a graduate from the Winchester School of Art, and she was awarded RHS Gold Medals in 2003 and 2005. She has taught botanical painting for the RHS at Rosemoor, and runs design company Temple of Flora.
"This does not compromise or cut corners and it's refreshing in an age when books are increasingly becoming commodities [...] that there is still someone out there who is prepared [...] to go the extra mile to produce books for the serious student."
"A good mix of inspiration and education, with gorgeous illustrations, as you might expect."
– Publishing News
"This new and authoritative book is a welcome change of direction [...] For the artistic plant lover, it's a real treat."
– The Artist