The Association of British Artists is developing a resource about Beginner's Botany for Botanical Art. This post highlights what is available.
It's part of a new series of articles and videos associated with promoting learning amongst those new to botanical art.
Elaine Allison, the new President, has produced two excellent videos which started off as a live streaming event - plus two blog posts. The focus of both is on The three B's.... Beginner - Botany-Botanical Art
You can find the videos on the BRAND NEW ABBA Channel called - ABBA for All. It's worth subscribing to this with your Google account if you want to follow what they produce.
I think it's an excellent idea. In my opinion, it's also something that more botanical art societies should do - although in order to emulate what ABBA is doing it does take
Episode 1: Simple Flowers
There is something more important than knowing what parts of the plant are called and that is what does it really look like. This requires detailed anatomical observation. Where possible, it is really useful to see the plant growing in the wild. Get to know the habitat, location with respect to other plants and if it is the same species, how the form can change depending on where it grows.
The FIRST module focuses on simple flowers and provides a short introduction to basic descriptive botany
Using a common native plant, the Geranium, the module considers
Episode 2: Complex Flowers
Understanding how the flower is put together is the first step in producing a great piece of artwork that is botanically accurate.
The SECOND module covers complex flowers in:
More about Botany
I totally endorse the notion that it's essential for a botanical artist to understand their plant in order to portray it accurately - and learning more about botany is an excellent way of doing this - and also learning more about how to produce a scientifically accurate botanical illustration.
That's why this website includes a whole section devoted to Botany! It's in continuous development(!) and at present covers:
I'll be adding this new ABBA material into the section about Recording a Plant
My dedicated page The Best Botany Books for Botanical Artists and Illustrators includes my recommendations about books you might find useful when starting to develop your botanical knowledge. Most, but not all, have been developed specifically for those who draw and paint plants - as opposed to botanists.
My page contains (below) summaries of three compendiums about botany for botanical artists and illustrators- with commentary
Another page about Plants: Names, Terms & Botanical Latin highlights:
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