by my talented housemate Sara
My friends and I on Halloween in a Florentine photo booth
A while ago I posted a watercolour of a Cape wagtail I did - well this is me this morning with a wagtail that built a nest in our yard. She is insulating her nest with fluff and feathers, so I have trained her to sit on my hand in return for some cotton fluff for her nest
Looking at the moth picture again, I see it’s quite pixelated.. I don’t have Photoshop at the moment so all I could do was resize the image with the most basic editing program.. I will upload a better one soon I hope! Augh, I need to get photoshop again, I have a few more paintings to put up…
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The Paintbrush and the Plant
Before botanists had photographs, they had paintings. Delicate watercolors of leaves, seeds, flowers, and fruit were objects of beauty as well as scientific tools.
Shirley Sherwood (collector of botanical art and patron of the Gallery of Botanical Art at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) and biologist John Kress explore modern examples of the genre in their 2010 book, The Art of Plant Evolution.
Their book, a mix of art and science, looks at the way that contemporary scientific discoveries are changing our understanding of plants and plant evolution. With each painting is up-to-date evolutionary information—drawn from recent DNA analysis—plus observations by each of the artists and details about modern plant classification.
(Based on The Paintbrush and the Plant, an illustrated article by Veronique Greenwood in Seed Magazine.)
Artist Vicki Thomas painted the yellow globes and unusual roots of this African species at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Yellow Lotus: Nelumbo lutea
Botanists believed the lotus to be a relative of the water lily, but DNA analysis has linked the lotus much more closely to the sycamore tree. In this painting by Beverly Allen, all stages of the plants from bud to fruit are shown together—an impossible grouping in nature but common in botanic art.
Australian pitcher plant: Cephalotus follicularis
These carnivorous little pitchers, painted by Christina Hart-Davies, grow only in swamps in a small corner of western Australia, and, as they live in peaty, nutrient-poor soils, they must eat flies to make up the difference. Interestingly, they are unrelated to the other two families of pitcher plants—all three groups evolved their unusual dining habits independently.
Vicki Thomas was my botanical illustration teacher :)
Kitchen still life - in progress
This is how I relax on Saturday mornings
[edit - also updated my ‘about me’ page]
My wonderful and exceptionally talented friend, Rachel Personett
I used to attempt making music… Lo-fi stuff, largely influenced by Jonsi & Alex, Helios and Stars of the Lid. I’d use my electric guitar, pedals, samples I’d take from videos, bongo drums, programmed midi files, out of tune pianos… anything really.