British artist Amy Rose Geden adds her own twist to the romantic aesthetic of botanical prints. In each of her pieces, Geden arranges several watercolor illustrations, which include varieties of flora and fauna, as well as unique found objects such as keys and candlesticks. While some paintings may only contain pleasing arrays of flowers, others have juxtaposing motifs, like binoculars, insects, and eggs.
To achieve precise naturalistic detail to her illustrations, Geden often draws from her surroundings as well as from reference books. First, each object is carefully studied in preliminary drafts. Then, the artist thoughtfully organizes her subjects into a way that is visually pleasing—often by color or genre—and starts sketching the final piece. Each original painting is made up of layers of watercolor and gouache, creating depth and realism. Geden’s unique aesthetic and keen eye for overlooked items brings a fresh approach to the art of vintage botanical prints.