I do like a botanical art exhibition which takes us back to the roots (and leaves, berries and flowers) of the original rationale for botanical illustration - within books about recipes for medicines.
A two week exhibition at the Royal College of Physicians comprises:
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Between 1991 and 1996, Kathy Pickles exhibited every year at the RHS Botanical Art Show. Each year she won a Gold Medal for her exhibit.
In 2015, after nearly 20 years, she returned for a sixth time - and won a sixth Gold Medal. This time she managed to display 16 paintings - eight of Fritillaries and eight of Hellebores.
I've been sorting out my videos of interviews with botanical artists and realised that I'd never made a video of an interview with Kathy in 2015 into a 'proper' published video.
So below you can find my video interview with Kathy Pickles on 27 February 2015 at the RHS Botanical Art Show in the Lindley Hall Westminster - which has now been uploaded to my new Botanical Art and Artists Video Channel on YouTube
In it she advises on why it's always a good idea to go and view botanical art in person - especially at the top shows.
In 2017, Kathy returned for a seventh time and won her seventh Gold Medal for her display of paintings of Clematis. The Judging Panel happened to include the renowned clematis grower Raymond Evison!
To find out more about Kathy Pickles - or even ask her a question you can find her at:
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Iceni Botanical Artists Exhibition
An exhibition by the Iceni Botanical Artists group opened this week (on 14th August) and continues until 9th September at The Apex, Bury St. Edmunds. IP33 3FD. The exhibition is open 10am - 5pm Monday to Saturday and then 10am - 4pm on Sunday. Admission is free and all paintings are for sale.
Iceni Botanical Artists are a group of artists from East Anglia. They've recently published a book about Breckland Wild Flowers of the Heaths and Grasslands.
Simon Williams at Nature in Art
Simon Williams, the Director of the SBA's Distance Learning Diploma Course is the Artist in Residence at Nature in Art in Gloucester this week (until Sunday 19th August) - and he's got his RHS Gold Medal winning exhibit of Nepenthes with him! Nepenthes are carniverous plants!
I'm sure he'd be delighted to talk about either - or botanical painting with goauche!
Nature in Art is 2 miles north of Gloucester at Twigworth on the A38 (SatNav Postcode: GL2 9PG)
When I interview the botanical artists who have just won an RHS Gold Medal at the RHS Botanical Art Show, I always ask them for tips for those aspiring to do the same.
In 2017 I was rewarded - more than I can say - by hearing from Mariko Ikeda who won the Best Exhibit prize at the RHS London Botanical Art Show 2017. She wanted to thank me profusely for everything I've written before as it really helped her with preparing her exhibit!
Then Kate Barling, another exhibitor, found me to thank me for the tip about how to mount the work - and I collected another tip from her which you'll find below!
So the bottom line is what goes around comes around.
Note: Unfortunately last year I started this post but forgot finish it. But it's never too late to pass on a few more tips!
READ ON for my very belated post about the top tips from the RHS Gold Medallists in 2017 - which is now complete!
Today I have some of the Tips I received from my interviews with the RHS Gold Medal Winners at last month's RHS Botanical Art Show.
Later this week you will also have tips from the RHS Gold Medal Winners in 2017 too! This is because although I drafted most of it last year for some reason I didn't finish the post and publish it!
This is a LONG POST with lots of content - so you might want to get a hot drink and a notebook before you start to read!
It's been my habit, for some years, to ask each of the Gold Medal Winners who speaks reasonable English to tell me what would be the three tips they'd like to pass on to people aspiring to exhibit at the RHS Botanical Art Show. Some include ones I've heard before - but good tips are always worth repeating.
I have however omitted
TIP: Focus on what you are passionate about
Recommended by Laura Silburn and various artists. More than one artist told me this - in various ways. Variations include:
It is so much easier to complete a major project - such as a portfolio for an RHS Botanical Art Show if you are in love with your subject matter.
TIP: Being a grower helps a lot!
Recommended by Simon Williams Nepenthes
Simon Williams told me he has been growing carniverous plants since he was 16 - and loves them. He's invested in heated greenhouses. The advantages of being a grower are that you get to see your plants through a complete life cycle and can watch them through every season.
TIP: Keep a sketchbook
The page 20th century Botanical Artists on my website is about those botanical artists who are more associated with the 20th century than either the 19th or the 21 centuries.
Below is a list of names of the artists who are highlighted on this page - with a summary of their dates and achievements. Please note: the page essentially works on the same basis as those for contemporary botanical artists on my website
If you have suggestions for other names who should be on this list please let me know.
At the end, there are links to the other pages containing listings of famous and/or notable botanical artists past and present.
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