Beatrix Potter ‘Image and Reality’ A portrait of an extraordinary woman
Exhibition at the Armitt Museum and Library in Ambleside, Cumbria
"Between 1888 and 1898 Beatrix Potter developed a passion for the study of mycology, culminating in her research paper on the germination of macro-fungi being presented to England’s oldest natural history organisation, The Linnean Society in London. The intriguing outcome of her venture into Victorian science can be discovered in ‘Image and Reality’.
During this period she produced over 450 drawings and watercolours to support her research. These works have the almost unique distinction of being both scientifically accurate and beautiful works of art. She herself considered them to be amongst her best work. On her death she left her portfolios of mycological work to the Armitt and we are proud to be the custodian of her scientific legacy.”
See also: Beatrix Potter’s scientific pictures on show in Cumbria
Drawing & Painting Birds by Tim Wootton
Birds are much admired, revered and envied. They have featured in art for many thousands of years and our fascination with them continues. They do though pose a challenge to paint and are not always the most cooperative of models. By understanding their anatomy and recognising their type, the artist can learn a shorthand way to capture movement and attitude. With technique and colour mastered, style develops and a special scene can be captured uniquely forever.
Explains bird types and how identifying specific similarities can help the artist Advises on painting in the field, using photographs and working in the studio Describes how to paint plumage and birds in flight Demonstrates how to compose a painting with emphasis on the birds’ habitat Gives insights into painting birds from 30 leading artists, as well as illustrations of their work, including John Busby, Robert Bateman and Charles Tuncliffe
Tim Wootton is the winner of the Birdwatch Artist of the Year 2011 Award
“Avatars—The Birds of India, No. 1” by Walton Ford - 1996
Watercolor, gouache, pencil, and ink on paper
60” x 40”