Week 29: Tulip, by Sunnyside

This is another beginner tutorial at Anna Mason’s membership site. I will definitely try this one again after lots of practice on how to do those fine directional marks. She makes it look easy…but, of course, it is not! Thanks for Visiting 🙂 ~Sunnyside

Maria Sibylla Merian and Natural History

Who Is Maria Sibylla Merian? Artist, scientist, businesswoman, mother, and rule breaker extraordinaire – there is no doubt that Maria Sibylla Merian’s life story is filled with astonishing accomplishments. This German-born artist, botanist, naturalist, entomologist, and scientific illustrator lived during the 1700s in the Netherlands, where adherence to the guild system in Europe prevented women…

Jan van Kessel: Butterflies, Moths and More… (1654)

Cabinet of Curiosities in Paint Often produced as pendants, Jan van Kessel’s detailed depictions of insects, flowers and plants were sought after by collectors. They should be seen in the context of cabinets of curiosities. Van Kessel belonged to a famous dynasty of painters and is indebted in style and technique to his grandfather, Jan Brueghel…

Be Near Nature And Change Your Life

Originally posted on Plants and Beyond:
~ Have you ever felt peace, rejuvenation, calmness when you find yourself next to Nature? ✨🌳☀️🌿✨ How about taking in the view of breathtaking greenery behind your window? The refreshing and relaxing effect of Green color making a positive effect on our brains. There is a multitude of scientific…

Lessons from Nature with Wassily, William, and Luda

William Wordsworth’s poem, The Tables Turned, Wassily Kandinsky’s painting Park von St. Cloud -Herbst, and a lovely post by Luda at Plants and Beyond remind us why we need to unplug, venture out, and notice the gifts of nature. The Tables Turned by William Wordsworth Up! up! my Friend, and quit your books; Or surely…

David Kitler and Messages Mothers Give Children

  “God is an amazing designer. The closer you look, the more there is to see…“ quote from David Kitler I have a large collection of vintage nature prints on my computer and a smaller collection of originals on my walls — most are by artists long passed away, but remembered for their amazing work….

Joseph Bartholomew Kidd – Birds (after John James Audubon)

  Joseph Bartholomew Kidd – Trio of Birds (copy of the work of John James Audubon)     Works of Art Yellow Warbler Orchard Oriole Black-Backed Three-Toed Woodpecker Joseph Bartholomew Kidd, after John James Audubon Kidd, Joseph Bartholomew Scottish, 1808 – 1889 Audubon, John James American, 1785 – 1851 Via National Gallery of Art

Maria Sibylla Merian: Illustrated Understanding by Devi Norton

Recently, there is conversation in our office about the importance of hand drawing, more specifically, the ability to understand the environment around us through its practice. I have always been fascinated by scientific illustrations as they seem to portray the quest for understanding told through rendering. One illustrator and naturalist that uniquely displays this is […]….

Perpetual Nature Journal Joys

Originally posted on Practical Pages:
Last year I introduced you to Lara Gastiger and her inspiring nature journals and beautiful botanical artwork. Recently I read Anne’s interview with Lara Gastiger on My Giant Strawberry  – A Sketchbook Conversation.  Here’s how Lara describes her perpetual nature journal ~ “I encourage everyone to obtain a blank journal that is a portable size and proceed…