Picture Profile: 1904 Magnolia soulangeana

SOLD 1904 Magnolia soulangeana

Botanical Illustration. Artist Code 1904. Magnolia soulangeana. Completed 7th April 2019. Original water colour on classic calf skin vellum, size 7″ x 5″. SOLD December 2019, private sale.

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A two-day Master Class at Cambridge University Botanic Gardens for professional artists, run by Gael Sellwood, opened my eyes to the beauty of painting on vellum. I tried out several types but found the classic calf skin was a lovely surface on which to paint. This is my first painting on vellum and will not be the last. William Cowley of Newport Pagnell are the only company in Britain to prepare this product.

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