Mother Nature, the artist

Following Edward Lear’s advice from yesterday’s Blog, let’s have a look at the works of the Almighty and Mother Nature or whatever or whoever you see as the creator of this most incredibly beautiful world.

Artists who paint nature fall broadly into landscape artists and botanical artists. We can further subdivide the latter into botanical illustration which is scientifically and botanically accurate; botanical art where the focus is a plant, a flower and near botanical accuracy is sought but the emphasis is on the aesthetic elements of the flower; and finally the popular painting of flowers as often seen in still life paintings, paintings of gardens, where botanical accuracy is of little importance, the aim being to create an artistic and stunning work of art.

My favourite Australian landscape artist is John Wilson. I particularly love his gum trees.
I did a workshop with John some years back and managed to produce this painting of the Grampians, Victoria. He is a brilliant artist and teacher who is so generous in passing on his knowledge.

One of my aims in writing the Blog is to introduce possibly unknown artists. A relatively little known Australian artist was Douglas Dundas (1900-1981). He painted many subjects but one of his landscapes I particularly like is "Sheep Country, Burra". For my overseas subscribers Burra is one of the main areas in Australia settled by the Cornish miners. The remains of their mines, still standing, make wonderful subject matter for painters and photographers.

I'm not a landscape artist, much preferring to tell a story. In a later Blog we'll consider whether landscapes can tell a story. I'm not a painter of flowers and definitely not still life. I use flowers and other aspects of nature to help tell my story. Here is one of my favourite and most popular paintings.
I love painting grass much more than flowers. I can become quite obsessive and have ruined several paintings because I couldn't stop. The idea for my "Fence Post" came from the work of German artist Albrecht Durer (1471-1528), one of the first artists to paint directly from nature. Here is his "The Great Piece of Turf" which I found inspirational.

I'll be talking about Mother Nature for a few days so please send me your favourite photos, paintings, artists that represent this topic and I'll feature them. Tomorrow Botanical Illustrations and Botanical Art.


I’m pleased to announce that one of my followers has done her homework and sent in her sketch of model Judy. Great effort Linda. We will put some facial features on Judy very soon. And some clothes!!

Also Day 12 Painting the Town video has just been uploaded. It focuses on painting a pub!

Anne Newman

Oil Painter in realistic genre style, predominantly buildings and people. To continue the discussion contact Anne on or phone +61 407 516 522

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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