Golly Bard aka Holly Ward Bimba is an artist based in the tiny rural village of Upperville, Virginia and she creates beautiful water colour designs, with some being transferred to fabric.
I have followed Golly Bard and her fantastic creations for a few years now and have seen her exquisite water colour pieces develop and transform from paper to fabric.
I love her use of tone and the natural colours she uses to depict nature. Every piece is so unique and realistic, but is executed in a stylised way. From delicate feathers, to fresh spring bulbs, every Golly Bard piece exudes style and detail.
The detail captured in each piece is conveyed in a simple way, but I think this works really well for her designs. I think the simplicity of the designs shows the skills and techniques developed by Golly Bard at their best and making them more complicated would draw your eye away from the beauty of them.
I have always been intrigued by water colours and I wish I had the time to start learning how to use them. I love how you can see the brush strokes and the depth created by layering the same colour in different diluted strengths and I think the techniques Golly Bard uses transfer very well into fabric designs — they look so fluid and artistic!
As you can see from the images above, Golly Bard’s technique and style can be easily transferred to other mediums and I think using her imagery to create repeat patterns is a great way to show off the designs at their best, in the form of flowing fabric, with bright colours and fantastic details!
Photo by Miles of Light
Hello again! For this installment of inspiration, I thought I would introduce you to the wonderfully styled photographs of nature, created by Miles of Light.
Miles of Light is the original botanical photographic prints shop created by Romina Bacci. Romina creates beautifully simple arrangements using little treasures from nature. When looking through the Miles of Light shop, you will find leaves neatly organised, feathers delicately laid out and layouts that are reminiscent of old botanical illustrations — showing every little detail of a plant, leaf or flower.
Each print has a very striking impact, with Romina using the simplicity of colour, tone, shape or material to create interesting arrangements and catalogues of nature.
Black ink and watercolour print by Oana Befort
Hello everyone! It’s Mr Yen here … before I start my post today, I would just like to take this opportunity to say I’m so excited to be writing my first post as a regular Dearest Nature contributor!
For my first inspiring post, I decided to introduce you to the fantastic illustrations created by Oana Befort. I realise some of you may have already seen some of Oana’s amazing work, but for those that haven’t, Oana creates detailed illustrations that are coloured using watercolours and incorporate beautiful line work.
The piece you can see in this post is created with black ink and watercolours on 350gsm, acid-free Acquarello Fabriano paper. Just look at the striking detail that the pop of colour from the poppies creates! I think this piece works so well as the mixture of simplicity and detail really creates a strong image … plus, I think the faceless woman really adds a sense of mystery to it, too!
This illustration will be available as a print from Oana’s Etsy shop in April, so I suggest you head on over and add her to your favourites so you can get yours as soon as it is released.