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More About Herbals

Dear Friends:  In last month’s issue of Studio News we discussed pictorial printmaking and how it served our botanical world.  This month let us look at some of the most outstanding examples of the printed botanical. As mentioned before the pursuit of medicinal discovery and its quest for the healing power of herbs was documented in books called “Herbals .”  Authors of most early herbal text and...

Learn to Draw in Perspective

Dear Friends ~ If you missed our offers at the last FPEA show, here is another opportunity to take advantage of this great offer.  If you already have Drawing Book I, and Book II, call us to discuss what you would like to accomplish and we will help you set up a plan.  In the meantime, view these  book choices and their special offers… Here are THREE special choices to keep you art career growing!  Choice 1 –...

Botanical Art History – Pictorial Printmaking

Frontispiece Hortus Sanitatis; Incunabula; Middle Ages Botanical Art History  Pictorial Printmaking “The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, (the earth which bore us and sustains us), the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need – if only we had the eyes to see.”  Edward Abbey   December 2017...

Seasonal Specials Offer

  Dear Friends ~ We have already begun our teaching schedule this season with students busy working away on many beautiful projects.  We thought you would like to see our Seasonal Specials – our discounted offers on books and supplies.  Please take a look at what may help you get your artist goals off to a great start for 2018! This first offer is our “Learn to Draw in Perspective” package.  It...

Flowers & Medieval Manuscripts

In the strictest definition of illuminated manuscript, only manuscripts with gold or silver, like this miniature of Christ in Majesty from the Aberdeen Bestiary (folio 4v), would be considered illuminated. Flowers and the Illuminated Manuscripts November 2017 Dear Friends: So far our exploration on the history of botanical art has revealed how flowers appear in art for a number of reasons.  In the case of herbals, practical...

Botanical References in Tapestries

One of the tapestries in the series The Hunt of the Unicorn: The Unicorn is Found, circa 1495-1505 the Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City   Dear Friends: Picking up the thread of last month’s newsletter which discussed the historical travels of botanical illustration as an art form, we can take a few stitches to the left as we continue our botanical tapestry.  In fact, speaking of tapestry, which...