I saw a beautiful book the other day at a dear friends atelier and asked to borrow it. I guess I was in a romantic spring mood, looking for blooming inspiration.
I was struck by these 18th century botanical drawings. I know it could be so much more interesting to paint from life but painting from photo or illustration poses its challenges as well. I like how there is an absence of space or depth of field. It seems as though time has been suspended. The images are crisp, clean and classical I find that reassuring somehow.
Once I had painted these 9 x 11 in. oil paintings on canvas frame, which I consider to be studies, I thought it would be fun to paint their miniature version. So that’s exactly what I did. Once they had dried, I added faux gold leaf embellishment to the sides and sealed it with lacquer prepared in my studio.
I think they make exquisitely romantic bridesmaids favors or wedding favors for the aesthetically minded bride. However can also adorn a little corner of your world like a nightstand or a bookshelf. Click here to view my Mini Botanicals in my shop.
Here is a little time lapse video. Click on the Settings wheel on the screen to view at the highest resolution.