This blog may not appeal to all my readers, but I am trying very hard to focus on the beauty of God’s world instead of the horrible events perpetrated by those who do not care about murder and complete wrecking of societies. My prayers continue for those dear souls who are in such desperate need, but we must not lose sight of each day and the beauty which surrounds us for our own mental health.
One of the great botanical artists of the world was PT Redoute, who was born in Belgium. His career was mainly in France, but is greatly honored in Belgium and throughout the world.
Never heard of him? Neither had I until I hung up one of my prints in our home and decided to look up his name.
“In 1786, Redouté began to work at the National Museum of Natural History cataloguing the collections of flora and fauna and participating in botanical expeditions. In 1787, he left France to study plants at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew near London, returning the following year. In 1792 he was employed by the French Academy of Sciences. In 1798, Empress Joséphine de Beauharnais, the first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte, became his patron and, some years later, he became her official artist. In 1809, Redouté taught painting to Princess Adélaïde of Orléans.… In 1985, 468 leaves were bought at a New York auction by an art dealer for approximately 5.5 million and then dispersed. In the 20th and 21st century, numerous exhibitions in Europe, the Americas and Australia have been devoted to the work of Redouté. …” (Wikipedia)
There are many beautiful flowers in our garden, thanks to my husband’s skill and patience with their growth. This week, I hope to start a new painting that reflects this. When finished, I will share. In the mean time, I just watched an amazing artist. She is Angela Lober, who lives in Australia, and is one who honors detail work. She says, “It takes many, many hours to finish one painting.”
As a professional, this is her life and particularly a show of her personality. Not everyone has the patience or the expertise for such detail. You will see what I mean when you watch the video. You will also be amazed at the glorious Norfolk Island Pine.
Her influence is why I am going to try to make some changes to my art work. Usually, I am very free handed…and love to just “slap on the paint.” It is now clear to me that doing this is not giving the perfection of nature a chance.
Turn on your sound.