ArtQuartet News – Winter 2023

Winter 2023 by Sally Parker

Mid-Winter Update

‘Four Noble Ladies of the River Garden’ is now available in hardcover format. Are you looking for a special gift? This beautiful book includes over 70 colour images of my paintings which illustrate the mystical story and its poems. It would become a much-treasured gift for your special person on Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, but also for other celebrations during the year such as birthdays, graduations, a celebration of other achievements, or as kind thoughts to friends.

Hardcover of 'Four Noble Ladies of the River Garden' #fournobleladies #book
©Sally Parker | @Artquart
Hardcover ‘Four Noble Ladies of the River Garden’ ©Sally Parker | @ArtQuartet

Competition Time!

Your Wiltshire Magazine‘ is organising a competition in its February issue. Those who enter the competition will have a chance to win a signed copy of my book ‘Four Noble Ladies of the River Garden’.

Debut Book Release

Four Noble Ladies of the River Garden

ArtQuartet News Winter 2023 - Four Noble Ladies of the River Garden. A book by Sally Parker, Artist & Author. Image of Front Cover ©Sally Parker | @ArtQuartet
Four Noble Ladies of the River Garden by Sally Parker

My debut book ‘Four Noble Ladies of the River Garden‘ has been published (January 2023). Please follow the link to discover more about the book.

Book Signing

Garden Room, Cranborne Garden Centre, Dorset – Wednesday 15th March 2023

ArtQuartet News Winter 2023 - Book Signing by Sally Parker of her debut book "Four Noble Ladies of the River Garden".
Book Signing, image by Sally Parker, Artist & Author. 
©Sally Parker | @ArtQuartet

A date for your diaries and time to order your copies! A book signing and exhibition (free entry) will take place on Wednesday 15th March 2023 (10.30 am – 1.30 pm) in the ‘Garden Room’, Cranborne Garden Centre, Dorset. Featuring paintings from the book, and limited edition prints.

How to order your copy

You can order your copy of the book ‘Four Noble Ladies of the River Garden’ for Sally to sign from

A special thank you to those of you who have supported the launch of my book,
bought your copy, and written a lovely review – Thank you.

Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’

‘Dawn Blossom’ - painting by Sally Parker, Artist & Author
Watercolour, egg tempera on paper ©Sally Parker | @ArtQuartet - Featured in ArtQuartet News, Winter 2023
‘Dawn Blossom’
Watercolour, egg tempera on paper ©Sally Parker | @ArtQuartet

My blog usually features news or artworks for the current season. As I live in the UK, the ephemeral blossoms of viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn‘ signal nature’s transition from autumn to winter.  On bare stems, its inflorescence of white flowers, tinged with a hint of pink create a beautiful atmosphere within my garden.  Floriography (language of flowers) associates white flowers as symbolizing purity and peace.

Although the deciduous shrub viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn‘ is fairly modern (cultivated in 1935), it is often referred to as ‘Arrowwood’ which hints at its long history: The discovery of the ‘Iceman’ who lived sometime between 3350 and 3105 BC in the Otztal Alps, detailed long, straight shoots of viburnums accompanying the mummy, which were used to make arrow shafts.

The name viburnum translates from Latin as ‘wandering tree’. This probably refers to when birds eat the fruits, and then disperse the seeds.  However, viburnum ‘Lantana’ was known as a ‘Wayfaring Tree’.  Wayfaring means ‘someone travelling on foot‘.  Folklore has associated the viburnum with paths and this invites a variety of mystical interpretations.

I hope that you will enjoy travelling through the realms of the Four Noble Ladies in my new book!

Best wishes,