I've made a few changes to the 'Botanical Art and Artists' website.
Gardens are now a top-level category
First I changed the category hierarchy. The complete section relating to Botanical Gardens has moved out from under 'Botany' (where it was somewhat submerged) and now gets a top-level category in its own right.
After all where would botanical artists be without access to botanical gardens!
That means that 'Gardens' in the top menu now takes you direct to the several pages relating to Botanical Gardens on different continents around the world
NEW - Botanical Dictionaries and Glossaries
I've published a new sub-category relating to Botanical Dictionaries and Glossaries. You'll find it under Plant Names and Botanical Latin in the dropdown menu.
This pulls together the best of what is available online - including Historical Dictionaries such as the 'The Treasury of Botany' edited by John Lindley ( after whom the Lindley Library and the Lindley Hall were named) and Thomas Moore.
A new template - and a slightly different look
Finally I changed the website template which means I now have a fully responsive template which does much better in the Bing Mobile Friendliness Test as well as the Google Mobile Friendly Test.
Why not check your own website and see how well it does!
Botanical Art and Artists should now look the same in colour and format terms whether viewed on a desk-top, tablet or smartphone. The only real difference is that the smartphone version loses the top navigation menu and acquires a 'hamburger' menu at top left. This drops down to give you the equivalent of the top menu for navigation purposes. Plus there everything is one column - and I've now learned how to format a site so that it flows logically on a mobile device! Section dividers and spacers are now my friends! :)
The new template also has a headline option which means - as in this 'News' section - that the words saying what each page are about might in future be moving up and onto an edge to edge image.
For those wanting to know which template it is...
I'm using Weebly and it's called "Clean Lines". I've changed the colours slightly. Weebly recently separated its templates into fully responsive and 'the rest' . That's when I found out I'd started this website on one which was mobile friendly but only up to a point. Hence the change!
I've been updating the website for a significant number of aspects relating to the Natural History Museum. By the time I got to the end it seemed appropriate to highligth this via a post!
On the UK Exhibitions page, you'll now find a new section covering exhibitions at the Museum and an entry for the NEW exhibition in the Images of Nature Gallery.
The Bauer Brothers "excelled in learning the principles of botanical illustration according to the Linnaean system of classification. This technique typically depicts the entire plant in flower, but separately represents the bud and fruit, often dissected to show the internal structure."
On the Permanent Collections (UK) Page, the section highlighting the Natural History Museum now includes links to:
On the Herbaria, Seed Banks and Fungaria page, you'll find it now lists the range of botanical collections in the Herbarium of the Natural History Museum. You can see digital images of a lot of the herbarium speciments in the collections by searching the associated databases.
These include collections which came from:
Information about Tuition in Botanical Art and Courses, Classes and Workshops is at present contained on the following pages on this website:
I want to update all these pages for students planning what they want to do next year.
What I'm looking for are the names of established and reputable tutors - plus workshops, classes and short courses run by institutions in 2016
I'm also wanting to develop similar pages for tuition opportunities available in South America, Europe, and Asia. I'd be very happy to receive information about opportunities on these continents - however I'm afraid this must be in English.
If you are an established artist or an educational institution providing tuition in botanical art and/or illustration by way of Diplomas, Certificates, short courses, classes or workshops please let me know:
I'm not promising to list everybody who writes but do aim to list as many reputable botanical art tutors as possible.
Students can also complete the form and recommend tutors who they think deserve to be on the list. If you are a student please indicate all the data required above AND when you did a course with this tutor.
Thanks for your help - in anticipation of a good response!
Image: this is the homework for the summer given to Diploma students at the Chelsea School of Botanical Art by Lucy T. Smith. Lucy is an award winning and professional botanical illustrator who produces illustrations for Kew Gardens and Curtis botanical magazine - and teaches short courses for botanical art schools.
The image is the cover of the catalogue for the 18th Annual International of the American Society of Botanical Artists and The Horticultural Society of New York opened last week at the the 1stdibs gallery on the 10th floor New York Design Center, 200 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY.
This important exhibition of contemporary botanical art by some of the best botanical artists in the USA and elsewhere is on display until 20th December 2015. That gives people lots of scope to see it if you live in New York or are in New York for Thanksgiving or the run-up to Christmas.
I must confess I'd love to see it and have been scouring the images on Facebook of those who attended it!
You can read a more extensive post about the exhibition - including a list of all the selected artists with links to their website - on my main blog - Fiona Strickland wins The Hort's "Best in Show" Award at 18th Annual International
My thanks go to Carol Woodin, the ASBA Exhibition Director, for the supply of images for both posts.
Today I've published a new page on this website which is far from complete. You can find the new page listed in the section devoted to Botanical Gardens & Herbaria.
The new page is about Botanical Gardens in the USA.
There are so many botanical gardens in the USA it's very difficult to know where to start and which to include. I've started by highlighting some of the more important gardens. More will be included over time.
If you have a particular favourite please let me know what it is and why you find it helpful or like it so much.
Tips for botanical artists using botanical gardens anywhere in the world are also welcome at any time.
Botanical Treasures at the Woodland Edge
The 2015 Annual Exhibition of the Society of Botanical Artists of Canada is currently on display at The Papermill Gallery at the Todmorden Mills Heritage site in Toronto.
The focus of this juried exhibition is on plants that grow in the varied and ecologically important habitat at the edge of the woods.
The exhibition runs until Sunday, 8th November 2015. The Gallery is open from 12 noon to 4pm from Wednesday to Friday and 12 noon to 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday. The exhibition has been co-ordinated by Karen Logan.
Reception and Awards
Over 100 people attended the Opening Reception. Awards were made as follows. The links in the names are to their websites and are only included the first time of mention.
The Jurors for the exhibition were
The judges awarded first, second and third place awards and seven honourable mentions and in their talk discussed why each of the 10 pieces stood out for them. It was a huge learning opportunity for everyone.
I understand that the SBAC Executive Group will discuss ways of creating an online exhibition of the artwork exhibited on the society's website - together with the Judges' comments.
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