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*screams and throws money at screen*
Nobrow: Ping Zhu ELCAF Print
NoBrow coming to SPX 2013? You better believe it. And they’re bringing special guest, the uber-talented Jon McNaught!
I want to go to there
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.
I am starting a new project something that has always fascinated me are scientific charts. So I am going to start making them…some truth, some elaboration, but that’s what the masters did too.
Illustration of a Gharial,(Gavialis gangeticus) a rare freshwater crocodile that inhabits only two rivers in Nepal and India. These crocs are going extinct and it’s a shame, hence the precious egg emphasized. They don’t breed well in captivity and happen to be the only croc with a visible sexual dimorphism.Look at that nose!
More to come!