An Artist's Year in the Harris Garden by Jenny Halstead

An Artist’s Year in the Harris Garden

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An Artist’s Year in the Harris Garden presents the vision of Jenny Halstead, Artist in Residence in the Harris Garden at the University of Reading 2012–2013.

The book follows a chronological structure. Each season opens with a dramatic full-page image alongside specially-commissioned poems on a brightly-coloured background. Within each section, a double-page spread is given over to each month, featuring sketches and finished paintings produced that month. Jenny’s narrative is accompanied by the Head Gardener’s ‘flowering highlights’.

As well as using vignetted and squared-up images, I deliberately retained some of the artwork’s natural edges and sketchbook spiral bindings to give a richer, tactile feel to the book, and to draw attention to Jenny’s technique of producing finished oils and pastels from quick field sketches.