First I have to apologise to five RHS Botanical Art Gold Medal Winners from last year:
Mea culpa. My only excuse is that I've never before had to do 13 interviews one after the other and then write them all up - besides extracting all their top tips! Then do the blog posts and the website updates.
I guess I'm not surprised I forgot something but I am very sorry it was this blog post.
The good news is that it is now published. My red exhibition/interview book gave up all that was required of it and my braincells remembered more bits as I finished it off! (If you see a woman clutching a red Moleskine at the RHS Botanical Art Show this week it's probably me!)
See Interviews with RHS Botanical Art Gold Medallists - from the UK and Europe
There is more good news (for me).
Yesterday this website exceeded 4,000 pageviews on one day for the first time. Google seems to a big fan of this website and traffic in 2016 has been very good (see chart). After nearly two years, Botanical Art and Artists is now approaching two-thirds of what Making A Mark gets after 11 years of blogging!
Given that this website is now well and truly established - and doing rather well in the comparative rankings of botanical art websites - in future I will be moving virtually all botanical art blog posts to the news blog on this site.
I've been sent some more photos of BISCOT by Hazel Morris which I thought people might like to see.
They include a proper view of the complete exhibit by Sarah Roberts which indicates the botanically complete nature of her paintings - from roots to leaves, flowers, fruits and seedpods and dissected parts of the same. They look very impressive and I'm not at all surprised this exhibit won a Gold Medal.
You can now also see this set of BISCOT botanical illustrations on her website if you'd like to study them some more. They include:
One of the other things which is particularly noteworthy is that the complexity of the life cycle content is beautifully designed on the page so that the eye travels around the page and isn't jumping around from isolated item to another item.
It's always worth thinking about how to make connections between all the part of the pictorial image on the picture plane within the four lines which provide the boundaries for the design.
I think we could all raise a glass to Sarah on a job well done! (Sarah also has a blog at Sarah Roberts)
Plus this is a view a view of part of the Silver Gilt exhibit of Hellebores by Margaret Walty
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