This is a big THANK YOU to all those botanical art fans who have
Recently, I realised that, since it started in April 2015, Botanical Art and Artists has now topped:
In 2017, the monthly site traffic averages to date have been:
A new traffic counter
I never include counters until I've got something to 'toot my horn' about - and the achievements in terms of visits and pageviews felt like something worth tooting! My second big thank you is to Statcounter who worked out for me how I could include their counter code in the right hand column of my blog (and on the home page).
Why do I count?
Some of you will know that I qualified as an accountant (after I qualified as a teacher!). I spent most of my career involved in analysing numbers.
So, when I retired and started writing about art, it was entirely normal for me to use traffic stats to tell me whether or not what I was on the right track with what I was doing with my blogs and websites! I get instant feedback and I do like a nice upward trendline! ;)
My website traffic stats tell me
How do I count?
I've got two ways of counting traffic on the site. I've always done this because it means you have a back-up if anything stops working
Why is this of interest to readers?
Two reasons. I depend on people telling me about:
Those botanical art societies and botanical gardens that send me information PLUS AN IMAGE about their botanical exhibitions also get a free blog post about it as well as a listing on the exhibition pages!
I'd certainly RECOMMEND anybody who is trying to promote their botanical art and/or exhibitions and/or courses to get a grip of your traffic statistics and use them to refine how you promote your content.
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Two FREE botanical art demonstrations are scheduled next week at the GreatArt store in the heart of Shoreditch - at 41-49 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8AG on the 3rd and 4th October 2017. (Store hours 10:00 to 19:00)
Amber Halsall and Angeline De Meester will be at the store, one on each day, for a day's residency to demonstrate contemporary botanical art techniques and brief you about their tips for effective paintings.
These residencies have been organised in partnership with The Society of Botanical Artists, ahead of their annual open exhibition 'Changing Seasons' which opens on the 13th of October at Central Hall, Westminster.
I know both artists and they're both extremely competent and experienced teachers. I'm absolutely positive you'll find both very helpful in answering any of your queries about botanical art.
Annie Hughes once gave me an important RHS Gold Medal winning tip - a botanical artist needs to find a good grower who specialises in a niche interest.
In other words, if you want to produce a great painting you need to have a great plant in good condition - and a grower who is both knowledgeable about the plant and can supply what you need.
I visited the Beth Chatto Gardens - just east of Colchester on Wednesday. She is one such grower.
About the Beth Chatto Gardens
The gardens are located around the bungalow which is the home of Beth Chatto. She started to create the gardens in 1960 when her husband retired and they moved to a new bungalow built on land which had been part of her husband's former fruit farm but not considered suitable for growing as parts were too dry (the area has a low annual rainfall) while other parts were too boggy and water did not drain away.
She started her garden in what was essentially an overgrown wasteland which included both parched gravel and boggy ditches!
Beth Chatto OBE (b.1923) is now a plantswoman renowned for:
A list of reasons why the gardens might interest botanical artists
The Best Botanical Art and Illustration Instruction Books is the section on my website which I've devoted to developing a guide to the best instruction / "how to" books available for students and practitioners of botanical art and illustration.
There's an awful lot of books out there.
I hope you'll find my guide useful. Maybe bookmark it for later - or even link to it?
There's more below explaining how this guide to the best instruction books for botanical art and illustration actually works.
A guide to the best "how to" books for creating botanical art and illustration for students of botanical art and and those wishing to develop their knowledge and skills
What does this guide have to offer?
What I've tried to do is:
As a guide I've also included the average ratings out of 5 stars for each book (in the UK and USA). Plus a guide to how to interpret these ratings as they are various factors - detailed in my guide - that influence how many ratings a book has got to date.
Katherine Tyrrell writes about botanical art and artists and has followers all over the world.
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