Oh if I had a rare book I would not be presumptuous enough to hand-color the 
pages. I am given, as you suspected, loose originals. Some with damages 
exquistely repaired. That one even survived hundreds of years to end up on 
my drafting table often freezes me with emotion. Then I take a deep breath 
and begin to paint. I am a botanical artist and painter of rare antique 
botanical engravings.


Cynthia Padilla, leading botanical arts workshops 2010:

On Thu, 6 May 2010 06:49:33 +1000, Geoff Thompson 
<[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>I was once given a rare book and loaned a coloured copy to work from by an
>old lady scientist but my librarian friends and colleagues said I would
>lessen the value of the book if I coloured it.
>Are you working on loose-leaf originals or on copies? I'm afraid I can't
>encourage the break up of old books for the print trade even if the
>colouring is done well.

>-----Original Message-----

>Wanted to share with you some of the work I do, in an even narrower niche
>than botanical painting. Hand-coloring rare, antique, botanical prints &amp;amp;

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