An Inspiring Scottish Dame

I’ve been in a book buying frenzy lately. I blame my art teacher Elisabeth for that. She often shows us PowerPoint slides of works by artists to inspire us with the various exercises she takes us through, and inevitably, I discover new-to-me talent and then MUST get the art books for myself. One recent discovery is Dame Elizabeth Blackadder.

Above, Elizabeth Blackadder by Phil Long profiles the career of Dame Elizabeth Blackadder over the past 60 years, with several essays and many colour plates showing some of the various mediums she’s used, from watercolours to oils to printmaking.

Cover image: Detail from Orchids and Pears, 1985, watercolour and pencil on paper. Above: Tulips, 1987, watercolour and pencil on paper).

Elizabeth Blackadder Prints by Christopher Allan shows a range of print media explored by Blackadder including lithography, etching, aquatint, drypoint, woodcut and screenprinting. There’s a wide variety of subjects with lots of flowers and cats too! :-)

Cover image: Detail from Orchidaceae – Phalaenopsis antarctica, 1993, etching and aquatint. Middle: Three Cats, 1992, etching and aquatint. Above: Red Still Life, 1989, etching and aquatint.

More cats! From Elizabeth Blackadder by Phil Long: Studies of Cats, 1996, pastel on paper.

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