The Botanical Artists Group on Facebook celebrates its 10th Birthday this month.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND membership to all practising botanical artists on Facebook. It's very informative and helpful plus well regarded group.
This month marks the 10th anniversary of the Botanical Artists group, which was created by Sigrid. Although we did have a small group prior to that date as some of you will recall. Now we are all much older and wiser? (of course) and it's a huge group with over 12k members, which is testament to the continued popularity of botanical art and illustration.
Here's a few facts about it:
GROUP DESCRIPTION: This group is about Botanical Art and illustration. It was established to bring together botanical artists to support and inspire each other by providing a forum for discussion, sharing work, practice and for the appreciation of the art form. A botanical artist combines scientific accuracy with aesthetically pleasing depictions of plants, so, it's not just about painting flowers but about botanical art in the wider context as an art form.
The comments by existing members are a tribute to the help and support that members have had from fellow members in their quest to develop their botanical art.
WHO CAN BE A MEMBER
WHO IS THIS GROUP FOR: Botanical Artists are welcome here and also people who have an appreciation for botanical art. Artists of all levels are welcome. Note: There is a Botanical Art for Beginners Group so if you are just starting out and this might be appropriate for you too.
Everybody is welcome - who sticks to the rules.
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Iceni Botanical Artists Exhibition
An exhibition by the Iceni Botanical Artists group opened this week (on 14th August) and continues until 9th September at The Apex, Bury St. Edmunds. IP33 3FD. The exhibition is open 10am - 5pm Monday to Saturday and then 10am - 4pm on Sunday. Admission is free and all paintings are for sale.
Iceni Botanical Artists are a group of artists from East Anglia. They've recently published a book about Breckland Wild Flowers of the Heaths and Grasslands.
Simon Williams at Nature in Art
Simon Williams, the Director of the SBA's Distance Learning Diploma Course is the Artist in Residence at Nature in Art in Gloucester this week (until Sunday 19th August) - and he's got his RHS Gold Medal winning exhibit of Nepenthes with him! Nepenthes are carniverous plants!
I'm sure he'd be delighted to talk about either - or botanical painting with goauche!
Nature in Art is 2 miles north of Gloucester at Twigworth on the A38 (SatNav Postcode: GL2 9PG)
Trees are the largest plants on earth and some of the oldest. Bath Society of Botanical Painters (BSBP) took on the daunting challenge of capturing their strong forms and delicate beauty for their NEW exhibition The Amazing World of Trees.
It opened yesterday in Bath - details below.
This exhibition builds on themes we have explored over recent years, and combines our passion for botanical art with an equal passion for exploring and conserving the environment. Trees play a vital role in helping to balance the world’s ecosystems: did you know that trees can communicate with other trees, ward off predators and protect their seedling offspring?
Preparing for an exhibition
In preparation for the exhibition, BSBP ran a number of workshops in different aspects of drawing and painting trees with different tutors ahead of the exhibition in order to get members attuned to the particular demands of representing a tree - given they are a subject not always pursued by all botanical artists. Sounds to me like a great way of developing skills in member artists and a great exhibition at the same time!
Alan Power, Garden and Estate Manager for Stourhead and BBC Presenter, will be giving a talk entitled My Life with Trees and Theirs with Me on 13th October at 7.30. Details of how to book this event on the exhibition page of the website
Bath Society of Botanical Artists
This is a small local botanical art society based around Bath in the west of England.
Key features of this society are as follows:
This year, for the first time, the Society of Botanical Artists has provided feedback on the selection process for their Annual Open Exhibition.
The website now has a page titled "How is artwork is selected for the exhibition?" and a piece written by Gael Sellwood, one of the Vice Presidents of the SBA.
I've then added my own personal commentary on art society exhibitions generally based on common themes I've detected again and again relating to annual exhibitions by national art societies in general.
The images are from last year's SBA annual exhibition. I've no idea who's been selected for this year's exhibition so don't read anything into the work you see on the walls!
Selection Feedback - Key Points
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