About me!

I am Anne Lawson, a botanical artist and I am fascinated by natural objects like seed pods, shells and leaves. But most especially feathers. I pick them up, admire them, draw them. I have cupboard full of feathers that are my inspiration. (Lucky that they are as light as a ………!)

Toffee brown and white feather

In this blog I want to tell you of my artistic life — the artists who inspire me, the textures that I love, my work in progress and finished, the unexpected things I see around me. I am glad that you can join me. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

I live in Melbourne, Australia, a city that I love. I have lived here all my life — indeed on one branch of my family tree I am a 4th generation Melbournian. So, I would also like to show you some of my Melbourne, it’s textures and patterns, the obvious and the hidden, aspects that are off the beaten track.

(As someone very rooted in a place I can just understand how people make the decision to move to a different city or country. But I am in total awe of those who have the courage to flee their homelands and travel hundreds of miles on foot and/or in leaky boats to reach an uncertain future. I wish we treated refugees more humanely when they get here.)

My shop on Etsy isΒ anne4bagsΒ Love you to drop by.


38 Responses to About me!

  1. Lois says:

    Happy new year, Anne! Happy blogging in 2013!


  2. Karen Wyld says:

    What lovely interpretations of nature, Anne. Can’t wait to see Melbourne through your eyes….and your drawing. I also feel a great connection to place and nature. And I totally agree with your comments about treating refugees better.

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  3. beckyday6 says:

    Wow these are fantastic! So lifelike.

    Thank you for stopping by and liking my blog. πŸ™‚


    • anneb54 says:

      Thanks for the compliments! I love detail, and look for it all the time. On the flipside, I can’t do abstract work, and I am not good with big, expressive brushwork! Swings and round-a-bouts! πŸ™‚

      It was a pleasure to like your blog!


  4. ileneonwords says:

    Thanks so much for visiting today!


  5. What a lovely blog, Anne… not sure why I haven’t explored it before! Your beautiful square arrived today and will be on the Masterpiece page very soon … thank you so very much x


  6. katechiconi says:

    I found your comments on being rooted in a place interesting. I’m one of those who left behind a life in the UK to make a new life here. For me, home has become wherever I am, where I surround myself with the things that hold meaning for me. I loved my 5 years in Melbourne, but despite its beauty, it’s still too much city for me. I came to your blog via The Snail of Happiness – she has one of my squares too!


    • anne54 says:

      Oh, I am so glad you came. I will pop over to visit you. It will be wonderful to see the Snail of Happiness quilt.

      That concept of home/place is one that fascinates me. So you are like a snail too, taking your home with you! Although I think part of the reason I stay is laziness — too much trouble to pack up and move on πŸ™‚


      • katechiconi says:

        My snail shell is quite small. I brought only 5 cubic metres out with me from the UK. Books, paintings, silver, linen, mirrors. One precious piece of antique furniture from my mother….


  7. Love your artwork, captures the beauty & peace of nature. Keep it up! And thank you for the encouragement on my sketchbooking!


    • anne54 says:

      Beth, thank you for those comments. They made my day. πŸ™‚ As for encouraging your work, it is easy to be positive about your fabulous art work and sketches.


  8. Hi, Anne, thank you for stopping by my blog. I’m delighted to meet you. Your drawings are exquisite … My grandmother had a special love for botanical drawings (she worked for Kirstenbosch Gardens, in South Africa, for years, and knew several artists), and seeing your work reminds me of her.


  9. Anne, Thank you for visiting my blog site and commenting about author Ellen Hawley! I love your Botanic theme. I look forward to browsing more and getting your posts now that I’m a follower.


  10. Magpie Sue says:

    Feathers! I have feathers too! Everything from one dropped by a hawk to the downy bits my canary sheds. So glad Kate let me know about you!


  11. I love all of your feather paintings…. you have a really wonderful artistic heart…..so talented. thanks for sharing. keep painting….. πŸ™‚


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  13. Chas Spain says:

    Great to find your blog Anne – love biological/botanical drawings and yours are so beautifully observed. I’ve been poring over Celia Rosser’s banksias lately & just yesterday wrote a post about some of the great Aussie women botanists who were often also great botanic illustrators. Look forward to seeing more of your work.


  14. M. L. Kappa says:

    Hi Anne! Lovely work. I landed here through Kate’s blog, and would love to join in the sisterhood! Do you have anyone from Greece yet? Pleased to meet you, anyway. Marina


  15. arlingwoman says:

    Just read your last 4 posts and MUST follow. I love the art and the info…


  16. Nancy says:

    Hi Anne! Nice to meet you. I come to you from southern New Jersey in the good old U.S. by way of “Nerd in the Brain” one of my favorite blogs. I noticed your comment there and followed it here! I too am a bit of an artist, more for fun than profit, though. I really love your feather paintings. Are they done in pencil or watercolor or something else? I have been experimenting in watercolor lately and am thrilled with its many uses. Can’t wait to read more about Melbourne and your artwork.


    • anne54 says:

      Lovely to meet you too Nancy, and thanks for taking the time to have a chat. Ms Nerd writes a delightful blog and her enthusiasm for life is infectious! My feathers are done in either ink, watercolour or sometimes coloured pencil. Watercolour is a joy and I must check out your art work and blog. Enjoy your day!

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  17. acflory says:

    Hi Anne. Just in answer to your question in my comments, the print books are up but I’ve been waiting to announce them until I have the ‘new’ ebooks ready to go as well. The Godsend literally just went up on Amazon and I hope to have Nabatea up by tomorrow so…I’ll announce things Thursday or Friday. Sorry to sound so secretive. Just want to do it all in one hit. πŸ™‚


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