Monday, 9 July 2012

New Improved!!

New Improved - Now with Added Treasure Gold!! It does give it a lift without making it look too glitzy. One of my daughters suggests I dirty up the beads along the spine a bit. She's probably right but I don't know if I'm brave enough to try it. They do look a bit new and clean.


Several members of my group said I should frame these painted 'dead' catalogue pieces (you may remember I posted 5 or 6 different ones a few weeks back) and thought they were too good to be used as book covers, so to keep them happy I made the piece above. I forgot to photograph it before framing and apologise for the shadows. It was so hard to avoid reflections in the glass. I still have the others to play with in the future.



I recently came across this lovely little book, packed with interesting information about the trees and shrubs commonly found in our hedgerows which are so often taken for granted. It's fascinating and full of the most beautifully drawn and painted illustrations for each plant.


I hope I am not infringing any copyright by showing a couple here - after all I'm plugging the book! It was really difficult to select just two pages - each one is a work of art.



Inspiration for a sketchbook of drawing exercises perhaps. A very nice project to start at the beginning of the year maybe and collect my own leaves, etc., and do just one page a week. The artist is Lizzie Harper and if I could draw and paint like her I'd be a very happy woman.









10 comments:

JustJules said...

Fantastic, it looks really good. And I would also love to be able to paint plants like the book lady - the detail is beautiful.

Carol Q said...

very interesting post Heather. book cover looks really good with the gold highlights and I think the frame you chose shows off your "dead catalogue" to great effect. Darn, looks like another book to add to my never ending list. :)

The Weaver of Grass said...

Inspiration indeed Heather - if only I could draw like that.

Maggi said...

The Treasure Gold really lifts it. Great way to mount the killed catalogue.

Helen Suzanne said...

Love these pieces you've done. Also intrigued by the hedgerow book... might have to go look it up :)

Robin Mac said...

The book looks even more fabulous now, and what a great thing to do with your killed catalogue. Cheers

Julie said...

The Treasure Gold is working really well and gives it a lift as you say. Your dead catalogue piece looks amazing in its frame.

I love your idea of a new drawing project based on your own plants. I'm sure you would do it justice.

Barb Cady said...

Love the addition of treasure gold and thanks for showing the lovely book, I agree a great project to do! Perhaps chart all the trees in the neighbourhood through the seasons? You got me thinking now! Great post, thankyou.x

sharon young said...

What a lovely post, Heather, your pieces are beautiful, and I'd never have thought the catalogue piece could work so well, brilliant!

Great book too and your idea of recording the leaves is one I'd love to do.

Kekoa Pika said...

beautiful stuffs you got there. so inspiring that you collected such great stuffs and still keeping those as treasures.
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