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New Eyes for Plants

A Workbook for Observing and Drawing Plants

Margaret Colquhoun Illustrated by Axel Ewald

160 pp.  

Hawthorn Press


Published:  September 1996


If you’re trying to understand how something came about or get closer to something in Nature, then you might start with the first impression of it...and then slowly, as you look at it, you come down through its life context...until you start to be aware of a life process within the physical. —Dr. Margaret Colquhoun

This book is about a different way of seeing and understanding nature. Detailed, scientific facts are closely interwoven with artistic observation. The authors pose and answer this question: "How do we develop a way of perceiving and thinking that will do justice to life processes?"

A wide variety of common plants are beautifully drawn at every stage of development, from bud and seed to flower and fruit.

The inspiring illustrations are complemented by clear instructions that enable the reader to create finely observed and accurate drawings. This over-sized book has numerous black and white illustrations.



1. A Question of Life—or not
2. Beginnings or Ends
3. Plant Becoming
4. Springing into Summer
5. The Flowering of Summer
6. Autumn Fruits
7. New Eyes for Plants

Appendix I
Appendix II

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