Last night we came across a blog post by the incredibly talented illustrator, Frances Watts. So impressed with what we saw we went straight onto her fab and very unusual website and was not disappointed! What set her apart for so many other illustrators was her subject matter, which quite frankly is right up our street.
Take a look for yourself……..
Our favourite, of course have to be the beetles, but we’re pretty partial the the ‘Be kind to Bees’ too.
Frances, (not to be confused with the Australian Children’s Book Illustrator) or Franny to her friends lives in deepest Somerset with her photographer husband (also not to be confused with the wildlife photographer with the same name), her little son and lovable hound which is obviously where she gets much of her inspiration. However, she is happy to take commissions too.
Check out her website and latest blog post for more examples of her work, ways to contact her and the chance to buy one off prints. We’re busy trying to think of an excuse for a party (not such a difficult task) for her to design an invitation for us!
A couple of weeks ago I went on a little trip to the Royal Botanic Kew Gardens and decided to head to the Shirley Sherwood Gallery where there was an exhibition showing some of the stunning work by Rachel Pedder Smith.
I was unfamiliar with her work until that chance visit and really wonder where I have been all this time never to have seen any before?? It’s particularly bizarre because here at Warbeck & Cox we’re rather partial to insects, bugs and any other items that you’d expect to find at the Natural History Museum (as if you didn’t already know)!
Anyway, the botanical illustration exhibition was called ‘Pressed Plant’ and showed the intricate and detailed watercolour pieces of exotic seed heads, leaves and flowers from around the globe. It was really quite amazing.
I picked up a whole selection of postcards which I have sent to various friends and family… but kept my favourite for my pin board shown here below.
Section of Herbarium Specimen Painting 2006-2009
I thought I’d also share (with Rachel’s permission) some of my favourite images which I found on her site
Check it out to find some postcards to send your friends & family… or maybe even grab an original!!
Bees (5 cm x 6.5 cm)
Seahorse (2.5 cm x 6.5 cm)
Swallowtail butterfly (7 cm x 6.5 cm)
So.. now I’m off out to enjoy this sunshine and draw some more of my own!