What a delightful book!
Filled with the art of Marjolein Bastin of Holland, and her insights and experiences from the nature she paints.
I love this kind of art, so full of color and life. So much detail you can look at one painting for hours and enjoy all it has in store for you. : )
I thought I'd share a few paintings and insights Marjolein shares throughout the book.
Strawberries are my favorite summer fruit! Here she paints some in a new basket.
"The spiders and beetles loved
my old basket... it was perfect
For playing hide-and-seek.
To them, 'old is beautiful,'
but I must advert that
as a flower basket,
it had become pretty rickety.
But here is my new one...
and I'll try this time not to leave it
out in the rain!"
Here she writes some interesting facts about these butterflies and violets:
butterfly has made
his life very difficult:
his tiny caterpillars
will not eat anything other than these violets.
And when they are not
will vanish, too."
I love making bouquet's of flowers. It's always fun to create something new each time.
Here she writes about painting this lovely bouquet:
"This beautiful bouquet
inspires me to paint with
such enthusiasm that there
is hardly enough room left for my words!
Just imagine this
in a jam jar on the table...
Bluebells here are protected, so you're not allowed to pick them.
That's way drawing is so nice - I can always sit among
the bluebells with my brushes and enjoy
their natural beauty."
Though this isn't a book of faith, I found God's creation bursts forth on every page. He truly makes beautiful, intricate things for us to enjoy.
Here are a few of her paintings that aren't from this particular book, but as a gardener who loves flowers, I had to share!
I'm not sure if this book is still in print but here is Marjolein's website where you can explore all her gorgeous creations... Marjolein Bastin's Website