I'm delighted to be able to bring you photos of the three artists behind the inaugural botanical art exhibition at Easton Walled Gardens in Lincolnshire.
A Year in the Garden appears to be enjoying a lot of success! The exhibition includes 69 drawings and paintings, of which 22 are graphite and the rest watercolour, displayed in a well lit exhibition area.
Sue Vize SBA is a botanical illustrator, tutor and author (of Botanical Drawing Using Graphite and Coloured Pencils). Sue’s passion is to work with graphite and coloured pencil. She has previously exhibited at the 13th International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation in the USA.
Sue told me
The exhibition is going really well. On the first day of Snowdrop Week the Easton Walled Gardens had almost 700 people through their gates and I must say that it felt as though they were all in the exhibition room at the same time! The Coach House is an amazing venue and it has worked exceptionally well. The hanging space has been split into three so that each artist has their own area with plenty of room for visitors and demonstrating tables. Snowdrop Week finishes on Sunday February 25th but the exhibition and gardens will be open again on March 4th, 7-9th and 10th. The snowdrops are out in force and well worth a visit to see them.
Norma Gregory GM SBA has won an RHS Gold Medal three times. Norma has also exhibited her work both nationally and internationally and works predominantly in watercolour and some graphite.
This is the first botanical art exhibition at Easton Walled Gardens.
Dawn Wright SBA is the resident tutor at Easton Walled Gardens. Dawn’s work has received ’highly commended’ for the Joyce Cuming Award at The Society of Botanical Artists’ Annual Exhibition. She also provides botanical art workshops across the East Midlands.
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Yesterday I visited the Rosie Sanders: Secret Letters Exhibition at Jonathan Cooper's Park Walk Gallery just off the Fulham Road in Chelsea. The exhibition finishes on Saturday and I very much recommend you try and get to see it if you can before it finishes. Her work is simply stunning!
There's a very big incentive for those coming to London for the SBA Annual Exhibition to also make a visit to the gallery to see this one too. Gallery hours are 10am – 6.30pm on weekdays and 11am – 4pm on Saturday so it's definitely possible to fit two botanical art exhibitions into one day!
The exhibition focuses in particular on large and small paintings of roses - painted in a less conventional way - from the rear or as they have reached a stage where they are past their best but nonetheless marvellous convoluted structures.
The box with the secret letters - one of which is given to the buyer of each painting - is displayed in the window
The exhibition also includes
I think many of the more precise botanical artists might be surprised by Rosie's techniques. Rather than using dry brushwork, it's her practice to work much more directly - wet in wet and mixing her colours on the paper. She's extremely adept at developing very convincing structures through masterful use of tone and colour.
Her work is not matted. Rather the deckle edged paper is float mounted within a narrow quality frame.
The paper she uses is either
Prices of paintings are for the serious collector - one of whom is Shirley Sherwood. I arrived at the gallery after a visit to her home nearby where I admired her new acquisition of a splendid smaller painting of a very red rose past its best.
I took some short video shots as well yesterday and will include the video in this post after I've done the editing - which always takes a little time.
Sales have been very brisk - Rosie's work is always very popular!
I counted sixteen paintings of the 26 paintings in the exhibition sold to date. Prices of those paintings still available can be seen on the website and are in five figures for the larger paintings and £3,800 for the smaller paintings.
For those who couldn't get to see the exhibition - this is my video of a walk round the exhibition. It starts outside in Park Walk, shows you the window of the gallery with the box of secrets and then looks around the walls on the ground floor and lower floor.
Rosie exhibits with Jonathan on a regular basis - typically a solo show every one to two years which always do well as her work is very collectible. You can see all currently available work on the gallery website.
You can also see her work in her book Rosie Sanders' Flowers: A Celebration of Botanical Art (affiliate link).
Gallery: Jonathan Cooper, 20 Park Walk, London SW10 0AQ
Bus: 211, 11 and 22 on the Kings Road or 14 and 414 on the Fulham Road
Tube: South Kensington and Sloane Square
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