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Hetch Hetchy Flora. A Collection of Wildflowers Painted on May 22, 2013
Peter & Donna Thomas, Santa Cruz CA 2013 - Donna Thomas. Hardcover. Number 15 of 35 copies. A beautiful production from noted California book artists and papermakers Peter and Donna Thomas. Donna has spent years painting California wildflowers, and has produced four limited edition books and numerous one-of-a-kind books featuring her illustrations. All of those books have been miniature and Donna decided to make a larger book with actual-sized watercolor paintings of California wildflowers. To limit the scope of the work she decided to make a book of the flowers she could find and paint in one day, She chose to paint in Hetch Hetchy Resevoir. Early in the morning on May 22, 2013 Donna walked from the parking lot of the O'Shaughnessy Dam, following the trail around the reservoir, studying the wildflowers, noting the varieties in bloom and the best specimen to paint. When the light was perfect for painting, she walked the return trip, stopping to paint her chosen flowers. From the dam she painted a landscape looking back over the area she had just painted in. Over the next few months she designed the book, painted the borders on each of the original watercolors, wrote the text and created the original text pages. Peter created a paper for the project he felt would emulate the feel of the granite walls of the Hetch Hetchy valley. Peter also made another stronger and slightly different color of granite paper for the end pages, and an off-white sheet of paper to print the illustrations on. Donna's original watercolors were printed directly onto Peter's paper using a Cannon digital printer. Those prints were then sewn by hand onto the accordion folded sheets of "granite" paper. The covers feature a wooden "plant press" over blue Moroccan grain leather-covered boards. This plant press is a lattice of strong hardwoods, most of walnut modeled after those used in the early 1900s by botanists like Jepson. There are nine watercolor paintings of wildflowers, one painting of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir from O'Shaughnessy Dam, one watercolor painted map, and five ornamental pages of handwritten and rubricated text. The book is housed in a blue cloth clamshell box with a decorative title label on the front. In fine condition. 11.5 by 8.25 by 1.5". 20 accordion pages. PRI/031715. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: The Kelmscott Bookshop, ABAA]
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