Wednesday, May 4, 2016


I am very pleased to be included in the May-June issue of VENTURA BLVD MAGAZINE.
Click on the link to see the full article!

VENTURA BLVD -May-June-2016/Transformational-Talent


Tuesday, January 19, 2016


The New Year brings many new things. 
Found bits and pieces from the winter garden in Los Angeles
A bit of dried Seeded Eucalyptus, a Bougainvillea bloom and an aged 
Geranium leaf in a Zen composition
Parnell Corder
Watercolor on paper
20" x 16"

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Thursday, July 2, 2015


More Fun Fish For the Summer! 
All Works- Parnell Corder
Watercolor on Paper
11" x 14"

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Friday, February 20, 2015


- Commissioned by a lovely client. Some of these fishes will stay in Los Angeles, some will swim over to Florida and another group (-still working on those) Will swim all the way to Hawaii !

Parnell Corder
All Images- 2015
Watercolor on paper
11" x 14"

Sunday, January 18, 2015


Inspiration images from the garden. 
Its sometimes difficult to actually call this winter at 75 Degrees and sunny. 
Lovely light, early flowers and cool shadows. The Cymbidium Orchids are beginning to spike which is always a treat.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Magic Castle

I am very proud and honored to announce that my Halloween Card Castle sculpture will be included in the Halloween displays and festivities at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA. this Halloween season.

The Magic Castle is a private club for Magicians and magic enthusiasts. The Magic Castle is the home of the world renowned Academy of Magical Arts. The Castle hosts nightly magic performances along with dinner and drinks in a nightclub atmosphere. Only members and their invited guests can attend. There is a strict formal dress code.
The Castle. Most Angelinos will recognize it.
The Magic Castle / Academy of Magical Arts
7001 Franklin Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90028-8600

More on The Magic Castle and Horrifying details on their Halloween events here :
The Magic Castle

Sculpture Details:
3' x 20" x 16"
Paper board, Bicycle brand playing cards, Dragon Back Series
bats in the belfry, Black jewel accents.
The Castle features a moat for candy and goodies.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Monday, July 7, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Golden Iris- Retro

Golden Iris
Watercolor on paper
22" x 16"

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Pink Ranunculus

Pink Ranunculus, 2014
Watercolor on paper
22" x 16"

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Santa Barbara International Orchid Show, 2014

Proud of My FIRST PLACE blue ribbon!
If you are looking to do something interesting and beautiful this weekend in the Southern California area. Head over to the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show. at the Earl Warrens Showgrounds

Check out the exotic Orchid displays and enjoy the beautiful blue skies of Southern California.

Buy Some Orchids, View Beautiful Floral Arrangements, Eat a Hotdog.

See some Art! Yes, There is a Juried Art Exhibition including yours truly!

Find Out More Details here:

Saturday, February 22, 2014

SUN & SHADOW Paphiopedilum

After several years my Paphiopedilum finally decided to re bloom. THANK YOU! So lovely, it deserved a portrait. I thought I'd give it a dramatic flare with the shadows and bright winter light.

Parnell Corder
Paphiopedilum 2014
Watercolor on paper
22" x 16

More info on Paphiopedilums here from The American Orchid Society 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Magnolia Bloom, Retro Style

Parnell Corder
Magnolia Bloom, 2014
Watercolor on paper
22" x 16"

Friday, January 10, 2014

Images @ The Getty - Open Content Program

An interesting article from my Friend over at ArtPlantae Today. A wonderful resource for Artists, Naturalists & Educators

Click here to read the article:

[Pineapple (Ananas comosus) with Australian cockroaches (Periplaneta australasiae) and German cockroaches (Blatella germanica)
Maria Sybilla Meriaen Over de voortteeling en wonderbaerlyke veranderingen der Surinaemsche insecten] ,Merian, Maria Sibylla, 1647-1717 
Mulder, Joseph, b. 1659 or 60 ,Transfer engraving, hand-colored ,1719 ,From Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium (Insects of Suriname), Dutch edition. - See more at:

Direct link to The Getty Open Content Program

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