New Eyes for Plants: A Workbook for Observing and Drawing Plants
If you’re trying to understand how something came about or get closer to something in Nature, then you might start with the first impression of it…and then slowly, as you look at it, you come down through its life context…until you start to be aware of a life process within the physical. —Dr. Margaret Colquhoun
This book is about a different way of seeing and understanding nature. Detailed, scientific facts are closely interwoven with artistic observation. The authors pose and answer this question: “How do we develop a way of perceiving and thinking that will do justice to life processes?”
A wide variety of common plants are beautifully drawn at every stage of development, from bud and seed to flower and fruit.
The inspiring illustrations are complemented by clear instructions that enable the reader to create finely observed and accurate drawings. This over-sized book has numerous black and white illustrations.
About the Author
Dr. Margaret Colquhoun studied zoology and genetics with agricultural science at Edinburgh University in the 1960s and worked there as a Research Associate in the 1970s on questions of population genetics and evolutionary biology. Later on, still carrying questions into the reality and relationship of taxonomy and evolution, she spent four years in the Carl Gustav Carus Institute in Öschelbronn in Germany and at the Natural Science Section in Dornach, Switzerland learning to use the Goethean scientific methodology. Since then she has both taught and researched extensively using Goethean science in Britain with a special interest in landscape, medicinal plants and animal evolution. She is also the director of the Pishwanton Project of the Life Science Trust, an Educational Charity working on environmental issues in South East Scotland.
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