An interview with Susannah Blaxill
I've come across an interview with Susannah Blaxill, the renowned Australian botanical artist who painted that beetroot! (which I wrote about earlier this year - see Susannah Blaxill's beetroot and a magnifying glass)
I found the interview today as a link on her website. I found it an absolutely fascinating and learned a lot - I hope you do too. You can also find Susannah writing about her art on her website
The interview between Susannah Blaxill and Zoneone Arts covers the following topics
There is nothing worse than discovering that something is not right when 50%, or even worse 90% of the painting is completed. It is actually a waste of time to rush this early stage.
I have found over the years that it is more important to give students information and skills that they can build on rather than attempting to encourage them to produce finished paintings.
I think that drawing and painting onion skin gives me more pleasure than almost anything else.
To depict in art the richness of an older face with all the signs of age is so much more interesting than the perfection of the skin of a super model. It is the same with plants – the dying leaves of the pear tree gives the artist so much more scope to explore the ravages of time.
NOTE: Zoneone Arts aims to is to provide online interviews that showcase the full range of contemporary arts and crafts happening in Australia and across the world.
You can find out more about other contemporary Australian botanical artists on my website.
The 15th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration at the Hunt Instutute of Botanical Documentation includes 43 artworks by 43 artists who are citizens of 15 countries.
Below you can find the names of the artists organised by country - with links to their websites embedded in their names - plus a brief comment about the artist.
Venue: 5th floor of the Hunt Library building at Carnegie Mellon University
Dates: 15th September - 15th December 2016
Opening Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–noon and 1–5 p.m.; Sunday, 1–4 p.m. (except 20 November and 24–27 November). However hours of operation are occasionally subject to change, so you're advise to call or email before your visit to confirm. For further information, contact the Hunt Institute at 412-268-2434.
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