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5.0 out of 5 stars Celebration of the New Forest National Park, 24 Nov. 2011
This review is from: New Forest Painters (Wildlife Art Series) (Hardcover)
This book, full of beautiful artwork, depicts the Forest as it is now, and as an ever-changing entity, this pictorial aspect, as well as the text, is an important historical record too. The brainchild of the New Forest Painters, a group founded in 1997 and comprising 6 artists, all have a common interest - to portray the Forest in their own inimitable style, as many artists before them. Those familiar with the art world of the Forest will recognise the names of Frederick Golden Short, and Lucy Kemp-Welch, as past masters. Current masters include: Barry Peckham, Janet Langford, Peter Frost, Barry Miles, Richard Tratt and Hilary Tratt.

The professionalism in this book extends to the text too with author Georgins Babey, a freelance writer and historical researcher well known in the local area, and is full of fascinating facts about the Forest and its' inhabitants. With Forewords by Keith Kirby,Principal woodland ecologist for Natural England, and Clive Chatters from the Hampshire and I.O.W. Wildlife Trust,this book is very much supported by experts from the natural world!

What I especially like about this book, is its' excellent presentation...a well balanced 'documentary' in both pictures and text. The paintings range from a single study of perhaps a bird or a flower, to a more 'heavyweight' landscape painted in oils, with some light, airy watercolours bridging the gaps! And the text, large enough to be easily read, is very informative, and complementary to the subject matter in the paintings.

A lovely book to own - a special present to oneself perhaps, or gift for another -in hardback, but of a size and thickness that is handleable. Something to enjoy visually as well as an absorbing read, and especially appealing to 'natives' of the Forest; a nostalgic trip perhaps for those who have visited, or lived in the area at some time, or indeed any art lovers / historians attracted to this special place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Forest wildlife focus for artists' first book, 11 Dec. 2011
This review is from: New Forest Painters (Wildlife Art Series) (Hardcover)
Each year for over a decade we have made a pilgrimage to the village hall at Emery Down just outside Lyndhurst to catch up on the year of work of the New Forest artists at their annual exhibition. It has become a highlight of the year for many local people. This group of artists, perhaps more than any other in the New Forest - and there are numerous - has successfully captured the spirit of this remarkable and diverse landscape so that at times you find yourself standing in a glade or overlooking the heather and recalling one of their paintings. Frederick Golden Short (1863 - 1936) is one of few traditional artists of whom I would have said the same. Whether it is the woodland, the wildlife or the wilderness that is the heathland, today's New Forest Painters have tackled them all and there are many successful examples in their first book together.

With its emphasis on the wildlife of the Forest, this lavishly illustrated book teams with facts about the New Forest environment (compiled and informatively conveyed by Georgina Babey) and is an education in itself. It will undoubtedly inspire you to set out into the Forest in search of anything from a stag beetle or bog myrtle to a fallow buck or a herd of Highland cattle. And of course, the New Forest is now a National Park as the text reminds us, with all the controversy that goes with it. Perhaps this book will help us remember the value of the Forest and its environment, its natural tranquillity and the importance of the creatures it supports.

A well-produced coffee-table style book and easy to dip into, New Forest Painters is an essential for anyone interested in the New Forest and offers an excellent record of the complementary styles of the artists in the Group, in particular the well-established Barry Peckham and Richard Tratt. I was disappointed that one of the key founder members is missing - Alan Langford -a splendid illustrator whose individual style would have brought an added dimension to the publication. However, the delightful miniatures of Janet Langford are included with some good examples of the work of Peter Frost, Barry Miles and Hilary Tratt. A most enjoyable book for those who live in and around the New Forest as well as occasional visitors and wildlife enthusiasts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Forest Painters., 14 April 2013
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This book is excellent. I particularly love it, as one of the artists - Barry Peckham I have met, and he is a nice chap!
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful paintings, beautiful book,, 15 Oct. 2014
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beautiful paintings, beautiful book, well worth it.
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