Brazilian botanical illustrator and teacher Rosane Quintella passed away on Friday 11th September age 61.
Rosanne was born on 25th February 1959 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Her studies included:
One of her works completed in 2005 forms part of the Shirley Sherwood Collection.
When she returned to Brazil she became a permanent member of the teaching staff at Centro de Ilustração Botânica do Paraná (CIBD) and taught botanical illustration there for the next 14 years - and was apparently much loved by her students and peers.
She also continued to complete her own scientific botanical illustration works in ink and watercolour and was affiliated to UNIC - National Union of Scientific Illustrators.
Rosanne passed away on Friday 11th September 2020. There are tributes to her on:
The Paraná Botanical Illustration Center is in mourning.
If you've not seen this video about Billy Showell talking about her career as a botanical painter posted by the Royal Horticultural Society on their Facebook Page do take a look below.
The link should work for you even if you're not a member of Facebook.
Billy Showell is
She talks in the video about about how she combines gardening and painting plants - and how her career progressed from
The Association of British Artists is developing a resource about Beginner's Botany for Botanical Art. This post highlights what is available.
It's part of a new series of articles and videos associated with promoting learning amongst those new to botanical art.
Elaine Allison, the new President, has produced two excellent videos which started off as a live streaming event - plus two blog posts. The focus of both is on The three B's.... Beginner - Botany-Botanical Art
You can find the videos on the BRAND NEW ABBA Channel called - ABBA for All. It's worth subscribing to this with your Google account if you want to follow what they produce.
I think it's an excellent idea. In my opinion, it's also something that more botanical art societies should do - although in order to emulate what ABBA is doing it does take
Episode 1: Simple Flowers
There is something more important than knowing what parts of the plant are called and that is what does it really look like. This requires detailed anatomical observation. Where possible, it is really useful to see the plant growing in the wild. Get to know the habitat, location with respect to other plants and if it is the same species, how the form can change depending on where it grows.
The FIRST module focuses on simple flowers and provides a short introduction to basic descriptive botany
Using a common native plant, the Geranium, the module considers
Episode 2: Complex Flowers
Understanding how the flower is put together is the first step in producing a great piece of artwork that is botanically accurate.
Botanical art teachers have been asking me for my advice in recent days about things they need to think about when planning for future courses / workshops / tuition for students of botanical art and illustration.
This post follows on from my previous posts about:
BELOW is a summary of the advice I have offered and have to offer about:
[Today's planned post about selected artists re Plantae 2020 is taking longer than anticipated - hence this replacement!]
The one thing that is certain is that the virus is not going away any time soon.
All that is happening right now is that the reproduction rate is being cut - but a very small percentage of the community has been infected and the virus is still in the community.
Other than that we know that:
I doubt if any sensible person would book and attend courses unless you can demonstrate in an explicit way what you are doing to keep people safe.
Overall, I think most botanical art teachers need to consider that special arrangements may need to prevail for a year or more. It could be longer - but we just don't know at this stage.
My page about The Best Botanical Art and Illustration Instruction Books on this webite has been completely redesigned to make it more accessible and informative.
The Page (in the Education Section) was getting very, very long. I was concerned people were missing really useful books towards the bottom. In the end I decided that it needed a completely new approach - to accommodate all the new books that need a proper listing. So it's had a REBOOT!
It now has four NEW pages which comprise the following sub-sections (see below):
This page introduces this section and
The Best Instruction Books by Botanical Art Societies
The Best Instruction Books by Botanical Art Societies is a brand new section for books by botanical art societies. At present this is:
The biggest major new book in 2020 will be the 400 page / 900 images "Botanical Art Techniques" book by ASBA - edited by Robin Jess and Carol Woodin - which is being published in September. This leads this new section.
It's followed by summaries of four of the five books written by Margaret Stevens the Past President of the SBA and the first Director of its Distance Learning Diploma Course. Three of these have deailed book reviews which can be accessed via the "buttons" on this page.
I'm beginning to think the SBA may well want to ponder on whether the existing books need a second edition going forward.
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