Flower Power and Snail Trails

by Delia on May 9, 2011

Time to mark some recent successes for two of our art teachers.

Leonie Norton - Women of FlowersBotanical art teacher Leonie Norton has just seen her marvellous book Women of Flowers: Botanical Art in Australia from the 1830s to the 1960s go into its second printing barely 18 months after being published – a considerable achievement. Leonie Norton herself, who is one of our regular teachers at Daku Resort, is one of Australia’s leading botanical artists and an international botanical art tutor.

Her next course at Daku runs from August 27 – September 3 – Botanical Art and Holiday Sketching

Leonie explores the lives and talents of the women who produced these wonderful pictures – women who were often denied any other artistic outlets and who consequently turned their energies into these beautiful drawings and paintings. Botanical art has long been dominated by women and often dismissed as no more than a nice hobby by the art world. She reminds us that ‘female’ art has great and enduring merit, and her book is a testimony to the artists of that world.

And it’s just a lovely book, one of the publications that the National Library of Australia does so well. Full of pictures drawn from its archives, the reproductions are clear and generous and the text is well-laid out and a pleasure to follow.

The book is available at the National Library’s book store and can be purchased by phone (02) 6262 1424 or internet http://shop.nla.gov.au for $34.95. It is also available at many book shops throughout Australia.

Elena Parashko Seascapes and LandscapesElena Parashko took out the first prize in seascapes at the Royal Canberra Agricultural Show with her painting “Dare to be Different”. It’s a striking oil painting that focuses on a tiny detail of life by the sea: the snails and the trails they leave in the sand. Not a drop of ocean to be seen – and yet you can still feel the ebb and flow of the tide in the background.

Elena’s next course in Fiji runs from 13 – 20 August – Seascapes and Landscapes

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