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"Though I come from a tradition of “realistic” landscape painting, over time I lost interest in the sky. Next, I got rid of any mountains unfortunate enough to be in the background. Soon, I was staring little plants right in the eye. If I draw a picture of a plant, then I will remember it. It is important that I draw the specimen correctly: are the leaves toothed or lobed, and are the leaves arranged opposite or alternate? Is there a single flower at the end of a stem, or are there multiple flowers clustered together? Do the petals radiate in wheel-like fashion, or is the flower bilaterally symmetrical? At the same time, I am interested in each plant’s imperfections: perhaps bugs have eaten its parts, or the petals wrinkled and drooped with age, or an early snow broke the stem."

Valerie P. Cohen - Paintings
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