Lori K. van Handel is to become the Executive Director of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) on September 16, 2016. She replaces the outgoing Executive Director Robin Jess who has been Executive Director for the last 13 years.
UPDATE September 2016: Lori K. van Handel submitted a letter of withdrawal just prior to taking up the position. Robin Jess (prior Executive Director) is now providing interim cover while the second search for a new Executive Director is conducted by the Executive Committee. There will be no impact on ASBA's activities which are all planned well in advance.
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
Sarah Morrish has written a very useful blog post for botanical artists called Project Skills for Botanical Artists (i) - Identifying wild flowers & plants. This is the first in a series of posts relating to skills needed by artists developing botanical art projects.
She makes an acute observation early on
Learning to identify plants and their characteristics goes hand in hand with producing accurate botanical illustrations and portraits - you cannot do the latter without the other.
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