Eyes for Plants
A workbook for observing and drawing plants
Margaret Colquhoun & Axel Ewald
New Eyes for Plants
by Margaret Colquhoun and Axel Ewald, offers
fresh ways of seeing and understanding nature with a vivid journey
through the seasons. Scientific facts of nature are interwoven with
artistic insights to arrive at a synthesis of understanding and
appreciation of the transition of forms in nature. Readers are guided by simple observation
exercises and by inspiring detailed illustrations which together
make a companion guide to the observation of plant growth around the
year. The authors demonstrate how science can be practised through
the eyes and sensibilities of the artist, and how art can help
science through using the holistic observational approach used and
recommended by Goethe. A wide variety of common plants are
beautifully drawn, from seed and bud to flower and fruit.
The drawings in New Eyes for Plants are accompanied by helpful suggestions which encourage
readers to try out the observation and drawing exercises. Dr
Margaret Colquhoun researches into plants and landscape. Axel Ewald
is a sculptor. The book is the outcome of their teaching and
This book invites us to go on a journey,
not simply of the imagination but also activity and transformation.
The invitation is to reconnect with the living forms by looking and
doing so that our eyes are opened to the nature of plant life . . .
The door opens onto a new way of practising science as an art . . .
The drawings resonate with the relationship to nature that inspires
the work of Andy Goldsworthy and David Nash, while the text achieves
the directness and simplicity of intimate conversation arising from
real understanding. The impulse engendered by this workbook to
participate by looking, drawing and experiencing is irresistible.
– Professor Brian Goodwin, Department of Biology, Open University
206pp; large format paperback (21 x 27 cm)
ISBN: 1 869890 85 X
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