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Drawing and Painting Plants [Paperback]

Christina Brodie
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Book Description

15 Oct 2006
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 botanical art teacher, Christina 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; fieldwork studies; 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, ferns and horsetails, seaweeds and other algae, mosses and lichens with remarkable precision and stunning detail.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (15 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071366889X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713668896
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 1.1 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 343,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...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." Artbookreview.net (4th October 2006) "A good mix of inspiration and education, with gorgeous illustrations, as you might expect." Publishing News (4th August 2006) 'This new and authoritative book is a welcome change of direction... For the artistic plant lover, it's a real treat.' The Artist (April 2006)

About the Author

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.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book! 4 Dec 2006
By Hazel
This is a brilliant guide to capturing plants accurately in drawing and painting. Unlike many other botanical painting books, it is written by someone who is very knowledgeable about the plants she is painting. I have learnt so much more about botany in this book than from any of the other botanical painting books I own (and I own quite a few!). This book contains a lot of scientific information about the plants themselves. A refreshing change...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Drawing and Painting Plants by Christina Brodie 19 July 2009
This book is about "knowing your subject before lifting your brush". The first chapter discusses plant kingdoms and plant parts in plain English. The following chapters are about scientific approach to drawing & painting plants of each kingdom. It includes detailed illustration on how to dissect plants, how to scale down and up, how to handle various media and how to present finished works. It is a book for serious botanical artists who want to learn more about botany.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully illustrated and written book 26 Oct 2006
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This book is a delight to have and I will be looking at the subject matter and wondering how you can possibly create the illustrations for a long time to come. I am sure this will make a valuable reference for students.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative 31 May 2013
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This is a lovely book with some great hints and tips for embarking on botanical paintings.
I have enjoyed it thoroughly.
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