New Forest Painters (Wildlife Art Series) Hardcover – 1 Nov 2011
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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.
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.Read more ›