Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Botanical art video by Kelly Higgs - 'The Evolution of a Painting'

Enjoy this Botanical Art VIDEO by Kelly Higgs - 'The Evolution of a Painting'
Narina Trogon with Cattleya Orchid

The video shows the whole process of a painting, from blank page to finished piece. Three weeks condensed into 3 minutes, using time-lapse video. My never-endingly patient Dad filmed me working every day, and I think the result is quite lovely to watch. Please click on this YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fD5zmWMoCPU&feature=youtu.be

Best wishes

Monday, 23 May 2016

Harvard restores its famed Glass Flowers - Botanical Art & Artists

This is truly art and science in one.  This is the official Harvard video of the process used to provide a complete top-to-bottom facelift to the "Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants" housed in The Harvard Museum of Natural History. The models are made entirely of glass often reinforced internally with a wire support. They were made by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka who were nineteenth century glass artists from Bohemia.  The museum re-opens on the 21st May 2016.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Ferdinand Bauer's book "Illustrationes florae Novae Hollandiae"

Fewer than 50 copies of Ferdinand Bauer's "Illustrationes florae Novae Hollandiae" were publishedhttp://ow.ly/4nfC2g
Ferdinand Bauer served as scientific illustrator on board HMS Investigator during Matthew Flinders' exploration of Australia. Robert Brown served as the expedition's naturalist, and when the pair returned to England in 1805, they had collected thousands of plant specimens and Bauer had produced hundreds of . Bauer decided to publish his sketches under ...the title "Illustrationes florae Novae Hollandiae," with Brown providing a brief preface and captions. Three issues of the work were published in 1813, consisting of 15 plates. Financial restrictions and a lack of adequate engravers resulted in the publication being abandoned after the third issuing, and as a result, this is a very rare work (http://ow.ly/4nfDpb).
The copy in BHL, which includes two colored and the rest uncolored plates, was digitized for BHL from the State Botanical Collection of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. The copy in BHL is also bound with works by John Martyn, C.H. Bellenden Ker and L.I. Duperrey.