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Grass: An introduction

Grasses (Poaceae) are one of my favourite botanical illustration subjects.  I adore drawing and painting them.  I have written a blog on my passion for this family of plants before.  However, I wanted to take another look at the way grasses are put together.  I also want to introduce beginners to basic grass anatomy and terminology.  This […] Read more
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Grass Class

Scientific illustration often involves hours of sitting alone, staring at plants through a hand lens.  Getting out, especially spending time with like minded people who share your interests is a tonic. IAPI organise a Grasses day out IAPI (the institute for analytical plant illustration) is a fabulous organisation for botanists, botanical illustrators, and anyone interested in these […] Read more
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Glorious grasses

I have always loved grasses.  Even as a child I marvelled at their different heights, shapes, and textures.  I love the way fields of grass move and rustle in the wind, and I love the smell of new mown grass (it’s caused by green leaf volatiles (GLVs) and is actually a distress call from the […] Read more

Grasses workshop, a poppy, and a stonechat

Grasses Botanical illustration workshop The grasses workshop with Hereford Botanical Art Group went really well.  There were 15 students, all experienced and informed, and most importantly enthusiastic.  Having scoured wasteland and hedgerows, and begged for supplies from a farmer friend; I’d collated rather a fine of late flowering grasses.  Rye grass, wheat, Cock’s foot, wild […] Read more

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