This website has a page devoted to Tips and Techniques for those aspiring to improve their development of botanical art.
A central section to that page are the tips which I've derived from interviews with botanical artists from around the world who have won an RHS Gold Medal at the Botanical Art Shows in London.
Tips from 2016 RHS Gold Medal Winners - Botanical Art is my latest blog post with top tips from gold medal winners.
The Tips and Techniques page will be updated this week to incorporate the latest set of valuable insights and tips and techniques by leading contemporary botanical artists
P.S. The new Facebook Page for Botanical Art and Artists is working extremely well and gained over 500 likes in 2.5 days. If you're interested in botanical art and artists why not take a look
You can find out about the medallists and who got the Best in Show Awards in this post on Making A Mark - RHS London Botanical Art Show 2016 - Medal Winners. In total there are:
35 people were selected for exhibition and 2 pulled out leaving 33 exhibiting on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th February at the 2016 RHS London Botanical art Show in the RHS Lindley Hall in London.
The exhibition looked splendid with its brand new white stands. They're very robust and stable and the new arrangement within the hall makes it much easier to walk around. Plus you can see all the exhibit at once!
The exhibits which looked best are those which applied for enough space for one row of artwork. I'll be including more tips in future blog posts about the exhibition - which will include interviews with the 13 Gold Medallists.
Two announcements today.
I know a lot of people follow botanical art via social media and the use of Twitter and Facebook enables those who use these to follow more easily.
First I've got a brand new page on the website "About Botanical Art and Artists on Facebook" The aim of this page is to create an index of all those people and organisations that have a Facebook Page. It's not yet finished but it's already got a lot of content.
The second is that I've just created a brand NEW Facebook Page associated with this website. Its URL is https://www.facebook.com/botanicalartandartists and it's called (unsurprisingly) Botanical Art and Artists
This complements the recently created Twitter account (the URL for this is https://twitter.com/botanicartists) and the creation of this blog.
It means that I can share more information online without irritating those who are not interested in botanical art!
I'll continue to write about major events on "Making A Mark (such as the upcoming RHS Botanical Art Show) but lots of information about other exhibitions, events and the activities of societies, groups, courses and artists will now be carried by the social media associated with this website.
If you'd like to follow this website and the information shared you can:
Brazil: a powerhouse of plants: Margaret Mee, pioneering artist and her legacy opened yesterday at Kew Gardens.
The exhibition is on display at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art until 29 August 2016, 10am to 5pm.
The aim of the exhibition is to highlight artwork of the botanical flora of Brazil by various artists past and present. It includes artwork from the collections of both Kew gardens and Dr Shirley Sherwood.
The paintings of Margaret Mee - an English artist who went to live in Brazil - are a prominent feature of the exhibition. Mee's 15 trips into the Amazon Rain Forest recorded the diversity of its plant life - and new plants were also discovered on her trips.
As well as her paintings, visitors to the exhibition will also be able to see to trace her footsteps via a map of her travels and see other artifacts from her expeditions - including paintbrushes, paint pots and sketchbooks.
You can find out more - About Margaret Mee - on a NEW page on this website
The exhibition also includes:
You can read more about the exhibition in this post Discovering Brazil in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art by Joanne Yeomans in the Kew Gardens Library, Art and Archives blog
There is also a linked exhibition - Orchids 2016. If visiting the exhibition before 6th March you can also view the transformation of the Princess of Wales Conservatory into a celebration of Brazil’s plant life and habitats.
Finishing and fine tuning - reaching that goal is a blog post by Sarah Morrish about the process she has been following as she prepares for the RHS London Botanical Art Show which she is exhibiting at in a week's time (26th and 27th February).
With under a week to go until the RHS London Botanical Art Show, I thought that I would pen some words, hopefully to encourage others and also to give an insight into what goes into the preparation of such an exhibit in the final stages.
This is recommended reading for anybody contemplating applying to exhibit their botanical art with the RHS.
It's particularly useful for all the things you need to think about in terms of presentation of your exhibit and the wisdom of getting various aspects sorted well before the deadline for 'being ready to go'
I'm adding a link to it to my Tips and Techniques page on the website.
The Korea Botanical Arts Cooperative are exhibiting In Austria in February. The exhibition opens next Monday and lasts for a week.
Venue: the Korea Kulturhaus Österreich
Dates: Monday 15th February - Monday 22nd February 2016 (11:00am to 19:00pm)
(Note: Details are being added to the Exhibitions in Europe Page)
The exhibition includes work by Soyoung Sin, Sujung Jung, Sunhwa Lee and Jiyeon Choi who are all graduates of the Society of Botanical Art's Distance Learning Diploma Course (from courses 10,11 and 12).
SoYoung Sin will also have work on show at the RHS London Botanical Art Show at the end of the month.
A number of the organisations who exhibited at last year's show will be back again later this month - for the RHS London Botanical Art Show 2016
Education in Botanical Art
The three leading providers of botanical art education in the ￼￼UK will all be present at the show. Those wanting to pursue and education and/or career in botanical art should definitely attend the show to see what's on offer, how they vary and ask questions.
Botanical and Florilegium Societies
Botanical Artists / Tutors
Two RHS Gold Medal winning artists will be demonstrating techniques - one in watercolour and the other in coloured pencils. The photos are from last year's show.
The complete list of trade stand exhibitors is available as a pdf file with the names of the artists exhibiting in the Botanical Art Show
You can read about the backgrounds of the exhibiting artists in the main botanical art show in my blog post RHS Botanical Art 2016 - Selected Artists on my main blog.
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