There's a video of Yanny Petters - in conversation with Art historian Jean Ryan - in the midst of Yanny's current solo show of Verre Eglomisé paintings at 'Field of Vision' at the Olivier Cornet Gallery in Dublin. (details below)
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: In conversation with Yanny Petters (YouTube) 58 minutes - it's absolutely fascinating!
She talks about
The exhibition includes 75 small Verre Eglomisé paintings proportionally similar in shape to glass slides used in the old microscope. Each plant is drawn from nature, a selection from the myriad wild plants growing on about half an acre, native plants which all too often go un-noticed, but which are part of delicate and precious habitats. They include spring flowers like Celandine, Primrose and Cowslip, summer flowers such as Bluebell, Foxglove, Poppy, Forget-me-not and Clover as well as autumnal favourites like Bramble, Rowan and Hawthorn.
Tomorrow is the last chance to see the exhibition - for those in Dublin.
All visitors are asked to book a slot that suits them before coming to the gallery.
Tomorrow is also an opportunity to meet Yanny. Saturday 6 November when a Finissage will be held for the last day of the show. Yanny will be at the gallery from 2pm to 5pm. Please book a 30-minute timeslot by emailing the Gallery.
Exhibition: 'Field of Vision', botanical treasures in focus, a solo show by Yanny Petters
Venue: Olivier Cornet Gallery
3 Great Denmark Street, (beside Belvedere College, off Parnell Square), Dublin 1
Dates: 10 October - 06 November 2021
Each painting is 21cm x 8.5cm on 4mm glass and involves acid etching, drawing, painting and gilding in the technique of Verre Eglomisé. The back of each panel is gilded to cast a glow behind the plant, emphasising its preciousness, making that which is considered common more exquisite. The paintings are presented in groups of three reflecting the season, their habitat or their relationship with each other, capturing their delightful vivacity.
MORE ABOUT YANNY PETTERS
Yanny Petters is a botanical artist from County Wicklow in Ireland. She works exclusively from life, either in her studio in Glendarragh, Newtownmountkennedy, County Wicklow, or out in the midst of her subject's habitats. Yanny paints in a variety of media, including oils and water colours, and she produces exquisite drawings and fine art nature prints. She also specialises in Verre Églomisé, or painting on glass, an old and rare technique she has been developing and adapting to suit her plant portraits since her years working as a sign writer in the 1980s. Her paintings are in a number of important collections including the Dr. Shirley Sherwood Collection at Kew Gardens, London, and the Office of Public Works in Dublin. She is a member of Visual Artists Ireland, the Irish Society of Botanical Artists (ISBA), the Water Colour Society of Ireland and the Dublin Painting & Sketching Club.
More about Verre Églomisé (paintings on Glass) https://www.yannypetters.net/verre-églomisé
Yanny is represented by The Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin.
Lucy T Smith, one of the botanical artists at Kew Gardens, who both works with the botanists and also provides tuition in botanical illustration, has created a new video.
How to paint like a botanical artist is a simple introduction to the process of botanical painting using watercolour. It provides a step-by-step guide on how to paint the perfect Primula flower.
Find out what equipment you’ll need, how to highlight the important details of your flower, and tips for bringing a botanical painting to life.
The painting is on YouTube and lasts just under 30 minutes
RBG Kew has very helpfully supplied indicators as to what comes up when in the video.
More about Lucy T Smith, her artwork and videos
Lucy T Smith is a highly regarded botanical illustrator who has won a number of international awards.
You can see. more of her videos in my blog posts as follows
You can see more of her artwork on the following websites:
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Yesterday I sat down in front of my television - switched to YouTube, found the Linnean Society YouTube Channel - and watched an excellent video about "Exploring the Future of Botanical Image Making | Laurence Hill" - which you also can see below. It's
Our digitally connected world is profoundly image led yet the practice of botanical image making, and types of image commissioned is little changed in several hundred years. Laurence Hill uses examples from the Fritillaria Icones Project, to look at structuring images for online use and wider uses within botanical science and science communication.
I've known Laurence for some time - having first met him at the RHS Show in 2014 where he was exhibiting his botanical photography about Fritillaria. He is a botanical researcher who happens to take photographs to reveal different ways of recording plants. (see below)
He is always pushing the boundaries and thinking about new ways in which botanical images can tell stories and be more accessible to help others tell their stories.
The reason I'm highly recommending this video to botanical artists is that some of the things Laurence has to say will, I know, stimulate some artists into rethinking what they are doing in terms of drawing / painting / displaying / sharing images of plants. It's that basic. Laurence challenges the traditional and asks us to consider ways in which the effort employed might be made informative and useful and tell stories and help people understand the world we live in rather better. I'd be very surprised if there was no change in practice as a result of all the botanical artists watching this video.
Note: One of the good things about the Linnean Society is they've been recording lectures via video for some time. I also recommend a meander through the content on their YouTube Channel
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