You can see images of the paintings in "Enchanted Forrest", the first major exhibition of the Scottish Society of Botanical Artists (SSBA) below - plus photos which include some of the artists.
The exhibition closes on Sunday so there's no time to lose if you want to see it.
Kathy Munro won the award for the "Best Painting in the George Forrest category for her painting of Paeonia lutea.
She's pictured (above) with her painting and (below) receiving her award from George Anderson, who presents The Beechgrove Garden on television.
Venue: Park Gallery, Callendar House, Falkirk FK1 1 YR.
Dates: Monday 12th September - Sunday 16th October 2016
Opening hours: 10am - 5pm daily apart from Tuesdays
Read more about the exhibition in last month's blog post "Enchanted Forrest" Exhibition by the Scottish Society of Botanical Artists.
The preview has a very good attendance (see below) and some very complimentary remarks were made about the quality of the artwork.
The vote for the People's Choice Award gave this important award to Sharon Fox for her delphinium.
Below are two artists who were Highly Commended for their paintings:
Irish botanical artist Yanny Petters's solo show of Verre Églomisé paintings opens today at The Olivier Cornet Gallery.
It has a rather beautiful title - “Come with me, I’ll show you something beautiful” / “Komm mit mir, Ich zeig' Dir ‘was Schönes” which is a quote by her mother, the late Wilma Petters.
Yanny Petters is renowned for her detailed paintings of plants and their habitats.
This exhibition has been created in memory of Yanny's mother, Wilma Petters, in appreciation of what she passed on to her through her garden. Yanny says
“My mother often said, “come with me, I’ll show you something beautiful”. Most often this was a small detail, an example of my mother’s sense of wonder and appreciation of all things great and small. I thank her for instilling the same sense in me, that I might share it with others through my paintings, raising awareness and appreciation of the beautiful and bizarre in a natural world which is constantly generous and rewarding".
The exhibition features 12 paintings/panels on glass which you can see by clicking the link in the exhibition title (above).
These depict the twelve months of the year in the artist’s County Wicklow garden & celebrate the gifts of the artist’s mother to her daughter. The Verre Eglomisé panels tell stories about the artist’s relationship with her mother.
The works celebrate a love of nature and a sense of curiosity and scientific enquiry, the gifts of artistic talent and the telling of stories of elements of our environment which we all too easily take for granted.
The exhibition was opened this afternoon by Fionnuala Fallon, Author and gardens correspondent
[UPDATE 10th October: Yanny tells me that the gallery was apparently packed to the doors and nine out of twelve paintings sold at yesterday's private view!]
Venue: The Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street (beside Belvedere College, off Parnell Square) Dublin 1
Dates: 9 October - 6 November 2016. (It opens to the public tomorrow - 10th October)
Opening hours: Tues to Fri: 11am to 6pm (till 8pm on Thursdays)
Sat & Sun: 12 noon to 5pm Closed on Mondays (or viewing by appointment only)
Catalogue: The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with a preface by art historian and storyteller Jean Ryan.
[Find out more about Verre eglomise - Reverse Glass Painting ]
Maria Merian's Butterflies closes at the Queen's Gallery in London tomorrow. This might seem like an odd time to be doing a review however I only visited for the first time on Friday - having been meaning to visit for months!
Then it occurred to me that very many people will not have had a chance to view it even if they had read a more timely review.
Consequently this review is going to focus very much on what I learned about her work while viewing the images on display - and reading the very informative labels which were well up to the normal standard of the Queens Gallery. It covers:
I've started to update my page About Maria Sibylla Merian with findings from the exhibition and will continue to do in the next few days. You can find out more about her and where you can see images of her artwork online on this page.
Royal Collection: What's different about these images?
The exhibition is based on the book and the images on vellum which were acquired by King George III in the latter part of the 17th century. Before joining the Royal Collection they had previously been in the ownership of the botanist John Hill and the physician Richard Mead.
The book on display (in the picture above) is a rare counterproof edition of Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium (the Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname) which she produced and published in 1705 following her trip to Surinam. This edition was also hand coloured by Merian and her daughters making it both rare and very special.
The images on the walls are all watercolour paintings on vellum - hand painted by Merian. However the painting comes on top of a counterproof copy of an engraving used for the various insects e.g. the caterpillar, the chrysalis and the butterfly.
It seems likely that she was using only part-finished engravings for the paintings on vellum. This means the insects are as precise as Merian wanted but that the remainder of the painting is much more like conventional watercolour paintings on vellum.
"Counterproof" means that it is a reversed print taken from a fresh "proof by contact" impression. It's usually used to study the state of the engraved plate. However the other consequence is that:
It's possible that she may have been trying out different compositions of plants and additional insects for the engravings.
The exhibition highlighted (see below) that not all the insects were in the same place on the engraving printed in the book when compared to the watercolour painting on vellum. There was scope to change the position.
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