Flowers in art

Mr. Marshal’s Flower Book

Author: 
Alexander Marshal
Publisher: 
Viking Studio
Publication Date: 
2008
ISBN: 
978–0–6700–2038–6

cloth, 192 pp., $26.95

This delightful book is a collection of botanical watercolors created in seventeenth-century England for Alexander Marshal’s Florilegium. Marshal’s flower book was eventually given to King George IV, so the work became part of the collections of the Royal Library.

Volume: 
11
Number: 
2

Flowers in Acrylics: Ready to Paint

Author: 
Wendy Jelbert
Publisher: 
Search Press
Publication Date: 
2009
ISBN: 
978–1–84448–425–6

paper, 48 pp., $17.95

Artist Wendy Jelbert encourages novices to gain skills in acrylic painting in this introductory guide to art techniques. She provides tracings of five paintings with floral motif; a detailed listing of the materials needed; clear instructions on transferring the tracing images to paper; and, finally, lessons on how to develop each of the five artworks.

— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden

Volume: 
12
Number: 
1

Photoshop Brushes & Creative Tools: Floral & Botanical

Author: 
Alan Weller
Publisher: 
Dover
Publication Date: 
2009
ISBN: 
978–0–48699–059–0

paper with CD–ROM, 48 pp., $24.95

Created for use with Adobe’s Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, the book contains examples of custom brushes, shapes, and styles in this digital version of a clip art book with an essential CD. Contents include a gallery of art and tutorials. This resource is a useful tool for graphic artists, designers, and others interested in adding floral and botanical elements to their publications and craft work.

— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden

Volume: 
12
Number: 
1

Draw Flowers: Using Pencils, Pastels, Crayons and Charcoal

Author: 
Anne Pieper
Publisher: 
Search Press
Publication Date: 
2011
ISBN: 
978–1–844–48528–4

paper, 126 pp., $19.95

First published in Germany, this practical art book provides instruction on drawing flowers using various media. Its author, Anne Pieper, encourages talented beginners with detailed information on selection of proper equipment and drawing techniques. The second section contains 16 detailed studies of individual flowers and provides drawing projects as practical exercises. Whether the reader is a novice or experienced artist, this colorful text will inspire all to pick up a pencil and draw.

Volume: 
13
Number: 
6

Flower: Paintings by 40 Great Artists

Author: 
Celia Fisher
Publisher: 
Frances Lincoln
Publication Date: 
2012
ISBN: 
978–0–711–23361–4

decorated boards, 96 pp., ISBN 978–0–711–23361–4, $19.95

Flower is a book to be cherished by those who love gardens, flowers, and the artists who gave us great paintings of them. The author selected 40 of her favorite flower paintings in approximately historical order, one painting per page—that is one of the great treats of the book.

Volume: 
14
Number: 
6
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