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  • By Leanne Shapton
  • Issue 3
  • On Beauty

In the fall of 2010 I was staying with some friends in London. One day my husband sent flowers: blue hydrangeas studded with thistle and greenery. I took pictures of the flowers, then later did a few studies of them on paper. When I was packing to leave I put them in a book and forgot about them. A few months ago they resurfaced in a studio move.

Leanne Shapton is an illustrator, author, and publisher based in New York City. Her next book, Women In Clothes (Blue Rider Press), will be published in September.

Watercolors on paper by Leanne Shapton