Nature in Art
Brian Kesinger's Inked Tails
Brian Kesinger's Inked Tails
Hardcover      ISBN: 1614040222

Brian Kesinger's lovely, hand-drawn mermaid illustrations wash away misconceptions about undersea sirens while providing fresh insights into aquatic lore. Nuanced depictions of a diverse cross-section of these seldom-seen beings provide a revealing glimpse into their true-life realms. Contrary to popular beliefs, all mermaids do not look alike... genetics, geography, and socio-environmental circumstances contribute to a diverse mer-population that has never before been observed or presented with such in-the-field attention to detail. The artist's elegant pen and wash renderings on pulpy paper are collected here in a faithful facsimile of his personal sketchbook that can be handed down from generation to generation -- preserving this historically significant chronicle of contemporary citizens of our planet's seas. Caribbean pirate Miss Jessica, Chicago River flapper Roxie, and the bayou's crocodilian Madame Lizette are just three of many unique personalities profiled within the pages of this mini encyclopedia which is embellished with lenticular cover art showcasing Brian Kesinger's enchanting animation of Lady Elizabeth bobbing blissfully with her sea turtle companion at tea time. Cheers

Brian Kesinger's Penned Dragons
Brian Kesinger's Penned Dragons
Hardcover      ISBN: 1614040214

Brian Kesinger's charming collection of pen-and-ink dragon portraits obliterates winged-serpent stereotypes with its fun and fantastic portrayal of these magnificent creatures at their informal best. There are no cookie-cutter fantasy clich s to be found here... just candid studies of dozens of the world's most wonderful dragons with their individual personalities on display. An authentic and insightful glimpse into the little-known realities of being a dragon. The toned-paper sketchbook format of this handsome volume presents expertly drafted monochromatic drawings of the dragons along with their names and descriptions of their unique qualities. Characters like Fynlar the Daring, Gor ng the Skittish, and So'kee the Vegetarian will delight readers of all ages. The cover of Penned Dragons features head-turning lenticular art that brings Brian Kesinger's sketch of Koga the flightless kite-flying dragon to life, and serves as a nod to his two decades as a contributing artist on some of the world's most famous animated motion pictures.

A Butterfly Journey: Maria Sibylla Merian. Artist and Scientist
A Butterfly Journey
Maria Sibylla Merian. Artist and Scientist
Hardcover      ISBN: 3791381490

The amazing story of the life and work of the renowned botanical artist Maria Sibylla Merian is told alongside her beautiful illustrations of butterflies in this charming and elegant book. A woman ahead of her time, Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) was
an intrepid explorer, naturalist, scholar, as well as a magnificent
artist. This lovely, impeccably designed book tells Merian's
incredible life story alongside colorful reproductions of her
engravings and watercolors of the butterflies she encountered
during her lifetime in Germany and the Netherlands, and her
seminal trip to the Dutch colony of Surinam. The book recounts
Merian's monumental expedition, her work as an advocate for
the slave laborers of Surinam, and her important studies of the
anatomy and life cycle of the butterfly. Author Boris Friedewald
employs Merian's favorite insect as a metaphor for the artist's
own pioneering evolution from budding entomologist to
educator, activist, and artist. A visual treasure as well as a
satisfying read, this exquisite volume is the perfect gift for
anyone interested in Merian's amazing life and groundbreaking
body of work.

Cat's Kingdom Illustration Collection
Cat's Kingdom Illustration Collection
Paperback      ISBN: 1910596795

A collection of cat illustrations from all around the world. Here is a kingdom of cats, cute, smart, or lazy. Hand-drawn or digital, these drawings were created with different materials and techniques. The illustrators will share with you the story behind the pictures. A cat can be your best friend; it stays in your life and brings you moments of happiness. A book dedicated to all enthusiastic cat-lovers.

Illustrators include: Abby Wright, Agustina Paci, Aijung Kim, Aless Baylis, Amy Domingo, Angela Chiu, Atsushi Takeuchi, Azul Pineiro, Camila Picheco, David Ceasar, DENG Lin, Eszter Schall, Felis Simha, Frederico Pompeu, HAN A-In, HAN Xiao, Hana Stupica, Hanna Melin, HUANG Yipei, Ido Back, Indi Maverick, Irina Belskaya, Ivan Pawluk, Kiara Tan, Jasmijn Evans, Jesus E.Guedez F., Joao Lauro Fonte, Jolene Low, Kaila Eunhye Seo, Kaori Seno, Kate Huang, Katrin Wiehle, Kenneth Leung, Liyiting, Lucy Koo, Maddalena Gerli, Meo. G, Mia Charro, Miguel Bustos, Miss Cyndia, Motohiro Aoyagi, Ola Gofshtein, Olga Mustecaplioglu, Peihsiu Chen, Pepe Rodruguez (a.k.a. ppmid), Philippe de Kemmeter, Rob Hodgson, Roberto Maki, Roni Yoffe, Ruta Dumalakatie, Sara Olmos, Shana Patry, Simon Vaeth, Sophie Corrigan, Stef Rymenants, Susie Esse, Tanja Stevanovic, Tatjana Bril, Toro Elmar, Valeria Susloparova, Vier Yeh, Yohan Sacre.
Champion Trees of Arkansas: An Artist's Journey
Champion Trees of Arkansas
An Artist's Journey
Hardcover      ISBN: 1682260127

In Champion Trees of Arkansas, Linda Williams Palmer explores the state's largest trees of their species, registered with the Arkansas Forestry Commission as "champions." Through her beautiful colored-pencil drawings, each magnificent tree is interpreted through the lens of season, location, history, and human connection.

Readers will get to know the cherrybark oak, rendered in fall colors, an avatar for the passing of seasons. The sugar maple, with its bare limbs and weather-beaten trunk, stands sentry over the headstones in a confederate cemetery. The 350-year-old white oak was once dubbed the Council Oak by Native Americans, and the post oak, cared for by generations of the same family, has its own story to tell.

Palmer travelled from Delta swamps to Ozark and Ouachita mountain ridges over a seven-year period to see and document the champions and to talk with property owners and others willing to share the stories of how these trees are beloved and protected by the community, and often entwined with its history. Champion Trees of Arkansas is sure to inspire art and nature lovers everywhere.

Charles Harper's Birds & Words: W Flamingo Print [With Flamingo Print]
Charles Harper's Birds & Words
W Flamingo Print [With Flamingo Print]
Hardcover      ISBN: 1934429171

Birds & Words is a true reflection of Charley Harper, that rare species of a man with twinkling eyes and smile, with wit as infectiously keen and light-hearted as his paintings. Harper the humorist is as captivating in the self composed stories that accompany his serigraphs as Harper the artist. This boxed reissue of the highly collectible 1974 classic is perfect for every bird lover, art collector and Charley Harper fan alike. Specially made cloth wrapped boxes open to reveal a numbered cloth bound book and one of four beautiful silk-screen prints, each estate stamped and hand numbered. A perfect gift for any occasion.

Charles Harper's Birds & Words [With Heath Hen Print]
Charles Harper's Birds & Words [With Heath Hen Print]
Hardcover      ISBN: 1934429201

Birds & Words is a true reflection of Charley Harper, that rare species of a man with twinkling eyes and smile, with wit as infectiously keen and light-hearted as his paintings. Harper the humorist is as captivating in the self composed stories that accompany his serigraphs as Harper the artist. This boxed reissue of the highly collectible 1974 classic is perfect for every bird lover, art collector and Charley Harper fan alike. Specially made cloth wrapped boxes open to reveal a numbered cloth bound book and one of four beautiful silk-screen prints, each estate stamped and hand numbered. A perfect gift for any occasion.

Charles Harper's Birds & Words [With Snowy Egret Print]
Charles Harper's Birds & Words [With Snowy Egret Print]
Hardcover      ISBN: 1934429198

Birds & Words is a true reflection of Charley Harper, that rare species of a man with twinkling eyes and smile, with wit as infectiously keen and light-hearted as his paintings. Harper the humorist is as captivating in the self composed stories that accompany his serigraphs as Harper the artist. This boxed reissue of the highly collectible 1974 classic is perfect for every bird lover, art collector and Charley Harper fan alike. Specially made cloth wrapped boxes open to reveal a numbered cloth bound book and one of four beautiful silk-screen prints, each estate stamped and hand numbered. A perfect gift for any occasion.

Charles Tunnicliffe: Prints, a Catalogue Raisonné
Charles Tunnicliffe
Prints, a Catalogue Raisonné
Hardcover      ISBN: 1910350648

A farmer's son from Cheshire, British artist Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe (1901-79) won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art in 1920. He went on to work in numerous mediums, his favored subject matter being Britain's native birds and other fauna, always depicted punctiliously and yet, unusually for the time, in their natural habitats.

Renowned as the illustrator of the 1932 edition of Henry Williamson's Tarka the Otter and numerous Brooke Bond tea cards (popular collector's items in Britain in the postwar period), Tunnicliffe lived on the Welsh island of Anglesey for more than 30 years. He was elected a Royal Academician in 1954.

This handsome catalogue raisonn of his prints, over 430 in number, includes lavish illustrations and authoritative annotations by the printmaking authorities Robert Meyrick and Harry Heuser.

A Charm of Goldfinches and Other Wild Gatherings: Quirky Collective Nouns of the Animal Kingdom
A Charm of Goldfinches and Other Wild Gatherings
Quirky Collective Nouns of the Animal Kingdom
Hardcover      ISBN: 0399579397
Most groups of wildlife can be described as a flock, herd, or shoal--but where is the fun in ending there? -- from the Introduction

Whether you're an animal lover or a grammar geek, illustrator Matt Sewell has the perfect menagerie of beasts (and beast-related terms) for your reading pleasure. Along with fifty-five gorgeous color illustrations, Sewell presents the unexpected collective nouns used to describe groups of animals on land, in the air, and in the water. Discover the secret behind a sleuth of bears, keep your eyes open for a watch of nightingales, and learn something new about a school of whales. Illustrated in inimitable watercolor, this book makes a great gift for nature and art lovers everywhere.