To know me is to know how strongly I feel about a botanical artist developing an intimate familiarity with every aspect and detail of a live specimen. This is why I was thrilled by one passage in particular in Diana Beresford-Kroeger’s book, To Speak for the Trees – My Life’s Journey from Ancient Celtic Wisdom to a Healing Vision of the Forest.
The passage quoted below follows a description of how, as a young woman in Ireland, she would take her watercolour paints and a jam jar of water and venture out into the countryside for a day of painting plants . . .
“I always started with the plant itself. I would examine it first with my artist’s eye, searching out and noting the crucial and unique features that would infuse its truth into a botanical drawing.”
You must treat yourself to this book or its audio version: