About the Artwork
In the great tradition of 18th and 19th century botanical artists, Linda Kneeland paints exquisite forms of flora. Every detail of each flower is given her utmost attention and care in rendering to true form. Linda’s love of the garden can be seen in each delicate brush stroke.
I begin by finding a flower or plant that catches my eye. After studying it and drawing sketches of it from different angles, I draw out the composition in graphite. Once satisfied with the drawing, I transfer it to watercolor paper. Then begins the slow work of building depth and color with layers of “tea washes”. A “tea wash” is a layer of water with a light amount of pigment in it. These light layers give a sense of translucence to the painting. Once the form is really established, I have the fun of putting in details with the smallest of brushes.
I have loved discovering how individual plants and flowers grow, how they’re structured, how veins in leaves can differ from one plant to another and how patterns repeat in nature. I hope you enjoy having these museum quality prints for your own.