There are two upcoming events which will interest botanical artists and botanical art fans with reach of Strawberry Hill House at 268 Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, London TW1 4ST
The website unfortunately is very 'sticky' when it comes to trying to book an event so you will need to persevere. You might find it easier to telephone them.
Exhibition: A Collector's Collection: Dr Shirley Sherwood Selects Botanical Art
Venue: Strawberry hill House
Dates: Tuesday 1 March 2016 - Tuesday 31 May 2016 - during house opening times
Booking: none required
This is an an exhibition of botanical art from the collection of Dr Shirley Sherwood OBE. It includes drawings and paintings which represent plants either selected by Horace Walpole for his garden at Strawberry Hill or which he would have seen in the other fashionable gardens of his time.
Botanical Painting at Strawberry Hill - with Christobel King
Venue: Strawberry Hill House
Date: Saturday 23 April, 10am - 4pm
Booking Fee: £50 The ticket includes all art materials, and morning and afternoon refreshments.
A botanical painting workshop with renowned botanical illustrator and author Christabel King. This will feature:
Event: A Collector's Collection: Lecture by Dr Shirley Sherwood
Venue: Walpole's State Apartment, Strawberry Hill House
Date: Wednesday 4 May, 7:00pm
Fee: The website would not co-operate and yield this - see if you have better luck than I did!
Dr Sherwood will discuss the process of selecting pieces for her exhibition at Strawberry Hill, her love for the artistic recording of plants and flowers, and her experience of collecting in this genre.
It was a delight to meet Christobel King and Gustavo Marigo at the recent Private View for the Brazil - a powerhouse of plants exhibition at Kew.
Gustavo is the current Margaret Mee Artist Scholar who started his studies at Kew Gardens in 2015. I was also present as Christobel introduced him to Álvaro Xavier Núñez who is one the best known of the contemporary Brazilian botanical artists
The Margaret Mee Artist Scholars
You can read about how the Fellowship Programme which was set up in her memory and how it came about:
Below is the list of names of all the Artist Scholars from Brazil to date who have been sponsored by the Margaret Mee Fellowship Programme.
It was fascinating to find out from Christobel that she spent three years learning the Portuguese language so she could be more effective in her teaching of the artist scholars from Brazil.
More recently , personal circumstances and the need for Christobel to have a break to write her book (see below) required a short break in the programme.
However the programme has now recommenced and the 2015 scholar is currently studying at Kew and a new one will be appointed for 2016.
You can also read more about what has happened to the various Margaret Mee Scholars from the past in my NEW Page about the botanical artists of South America.
The current exhibition also includes a gallery devoted to their work.
Christobel King and "The Kew Book of Botanical Illustration"
Very many botanical artists have been discussing the changes they have detected in the HP surface of NEW supplies of Fabriano Classico 5 - and also Fabriano Artistico - in recent months.
There's rather a lot of botanical artists who are not very happy with the change.
This morning I published a post on Making A Mark which summarises the current situation as I understand it.
Fabriano, R K Burt and St Cuthberts Mill - and fine art watercolour paper for precision painting - summarises:
A two-day course for botanical artists who want to know more about their subjects. The practical sessions will demonstrate how the study of a plant can be a fascinating journey of discovery, informing your artwork by helping you to understand its structure and how it works....The emphasis in these workshops will be on practical botanical work. There will an opportunity to do some drawing, so please bring sketchbooks and pencils.
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