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Art in Print Dear Friends: Jack Kramer is the author of more than 130 books.  His best...
About Paper     ABOUT PAPER Written & Compiled BY O. M. BRAIDA©2002-2012  ...
Understanding Taxonomy Understanding Taxonomy By O.M. Braida©2013 Iconography is a branch of art...

“Taxonomy” ~ The Science of Naming

Dear Friends: Taxonomy is one of those words we don’t usually hear in every day life. We do encounter the term in biology classes where it is known as the Linnaean Taxonomy, after Carl Linnaeus, the father of taxonomy. Linnaeus was a renowned botanist, physician and zoologist and one of the most influential scientists in history. He attempted to describe the natural world in its entirety and explore the relationships...

Orchids ~ Up Close & Personal

   ORCHIDACEAE Colmanara ‘Wildcat’ Artist Title: “Wildcat” From an Original Watercolor by O. M. Braida©2004   Orchids ~ Up Close & Personal “We Draw What We See So Others Can See Clearly” O.M.Braida To create accurate scientific botanical art and illustrations, recording botanical structure precedes botanical portraiture. Understanding what we need to look for is the first step. Close observation of...

Australia Expeditions & Florilegium – P...

Dear Friends:   There have been numerous expeditions to and around Australia. Between 1768- 1771, Captain James Cook took the first voyage around the world stopping in Madeira, Brazil, Tierra del Fuego, the Society Islands, New Zealand, Australia and Java. As a result of commissions by royalty and early explorers, 17th and 18th century florilegia (records of plants collected) were created. During Cook’s voyage,...

A Short Story of Pomological Art – From Anti...

Malus domestica Borkh. 1795 nv: Common Flowering Apple “Fruit of the Gods” by O.M. Braida© Dear Friends: Pomology is a branch of botany that studies and cultivates fruit and nut. Pomological research is mainly focused on the development, cultivation and physiological studies of fruit trees. The goals of fruit tree improvement include enhancement of fruit quality, regulation of production periods, and reduction of...

A Place to Be

Dear Friends: It gives me great pleasure to introduce to you my friend Anelia Elaine Crawford, P.E.   Anelia is an award winning artist whose work “Tree Culvert” was selected to be on exhibit at the National Arts Club in New York City. “Tree Culvert”, is part of an international competition offered by the 119th Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club’s Annual Open Juried Exhibit at the National Arts...

“Drawing” for the Sake of Art

Dear Friends: The following is a commentary on the September 12, 2004 New York Times article The Undressed Art:  A Passion for Meaningful Lines by EDWARD SOREL who reports that Peter Steinhart in ”The Undressed Art: Why We Draw,” reminds us that there is something ”innate and human” about the impulse to draw what we see…Like the sweet face of your granddaughter at 2 months…. Steinhart, a...