Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Very Pleased to announce my inclusion on a fantastic resource for working Botanical Artists. So, as you are doing your afternoon web crawl, please visit the web site to see my work along with many other accomplished individuals in this field.

Gallery of Botanical Art - created in the traditional manner by contemporary artists

Browse through the works of accomplished botanical artists - some who portray the natural world in the traditional "botanically correct" style, and some who take their art into a new and original direction. The artists shown here infuse their work with a personal view and interpretation which makes each piece uniquely theirs. | Click the thumbnails to visit each artists page.

Direct Link to my page here:
Parnell Corder, Contemporary Botanical Illustration

Thank you Annette!

Thursday, June 27, 2013


A sticky subject for a summer day. 

Parnell Corder
Cacti in Blue Pot, 2013
Watercolor on Paper
22" x 16
I worked on this one for a while and could not figure out why it didn't seem quite finished. 
I realized I had to outline all the spines of the areole. 
So I did. 

Cacti and pot are painted to scale. Image size 15' x 18"

Friday, June 14, 2013

INSPIRATION- Florilegrium - WANT!


A wonderful inspiration and an interesting story behind this rare volume of amazing botanical illustrations.

Statens Museumfor Kunst:
This elegant book features exquisite reproductions of a rare 17th-century album of floral illustrations. Very little is known about The Green Florilegium. Neither signed nor dated, it is generally attributed to the German painter Hans Simon Holtzbecker and originates from the library at Gottorp Castle in Schleswig, on the border of Germany and Denmark. The album now resides at the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen. Recently the book was painstakingly restored, allowing the delicate illustrations to come to new life in their original colors. This beautiful volume reproduces the original work of 178 botanical illustrations in its entirety. It also includes an introductory essay and captions with basic information on each flower. Published for the first time, this lovely book is a must-have for lovers of botanical illustration and a sublime example of the art of conservation.

Read a bit more about Mr. Holtzbecker

Florilgrium, defined.

photos courtesy of Amazon and SMK

Monday, April 29, 2013


Some of my Sepia Ink desert plant inspired drawings installed in a spectacular new home in Palm Springs, CA.

The home was built by the innovative Blue Sky Building Systems and designed by the internationally acclaimed architect Jim Jennings.

See more of the event images here

Photos Courtesy of The Desert Sun

Monday, February 4, 2013



I recently had a little project where I painted some trout for a client whose husband is an avid angler. (they were a gift). I thought I'd dive a little deeper into the subject and came up with a couple of colorful   characters.

Watercolor on paper 11'x 14
Watercolor on paper 11" x 14"
Watercolor on paper 11" x 14"

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Passion Vine Flower
Watercolor on paper
20.5" x 16"

Sunday, January 13, 2013

GINKGO redux

This painting is based on an image from a book containing designs for patterns and floral motifs from the Nineteenth- and early Twentieth century. I got this book many years ago when I was doing some research to design a tattoo for a friend  (yes, I've done several). I recreated one of the small black and white graphics and gave it a color update. This piece is much more about the over all harmony and balance of the design for me.

Watercolor on paper
20.5" x 16"

Thursday, January 10, 2013


Here is the completed Air Plant painting. Tillandsia xerographica, 2013
The color is a bit off in the photo and my digital clean up skills are certainly not up to par. So use your imagination to make it a soft ghosty, grey green.
More to come

Tillandsia xerographica, 2013
Watercolor on paper
20.5" x 16"